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Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible. Album by I Fagiolini

Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible. Album by I Fagiolini

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The 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci falls on 2 May 2019. Probably the greatest polymath of all time, Leonardo was also a musician and revered music as the only serious rival for his divine 'science' of painting. Marking this significant anniversary and the legacy of this forward-thinking ‘Renaissance Man’, I Fagiolini combines art, music and science in Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible, a major new touring and recording project conceived with Leonardo expert Professor Martin Kemp.

Inspired by Leonardo’s relentless curiosity, ‘Shaping the invisible’ explores his best-loved images through the prism of music by Tallis, Howells, Victoria, Bach, Monteverdi, Janequin, and more. The project also includes a new commission from composer Adrian Williams and Gillian Clarke, the former National Poet of Wales, provoked by Leonardo’s scientific discoveries. In true I Fagiolini style, there are a few post-production surprises in store, whilst the concert tour includes projections of Leonardo’s beautiful art.


I Fagiolini
Robert Hollingworth


'Yet again, the eight-strong vocal ensemble... has come up with an ingenious "concept" programme that stirs the mind and heart, illuminates the past, and ravishes the ear.' The Telegraph (on their Leonardo concert, 28th April, Milton Court)

'[Leonardo's] designs for a flying machine inspired the poet Gillian Clarke and composer Adrian Williams to create Shaping the Invisible, a shimmering hymn of praise to both Leonardo the visionary and to those little creatures that fly so skilfully using sound as their only guide through life. Listen, listen, the singers urged. Would that more of us would do just that.' The Guardian (on their Leonardo concert, 28th April, Milton Court)  ★★★★★ 

Behind-the-scenes video

Track Listing:

Thomas Tallis 
1. Salvator mundi

Herbert Howells
2. Salvator mundi

Claudio Monteverdi
3. Era l'anima mia, SV96

Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur
4. Le jardin clos

Tomás Luis de Victoria
5. Unus ex discipulis meis

Edmund Rubbra
6. Amicus meus

7. Tempro la cetra, SV 117

Orazio Vecchi
8. Daspuò che stabilao

JS Bach
9. The art of fugue No. 1, BWV 1080

Clément Janequin
10. La guerre

Josquin Desprez
11. Agnus Dei from Missa L'Homme Armé sexti toni

12. Alma Redemptoris mater

Cipriano de Rore
13. Or che'l ciel e la terra

Adrian Williams
14. Shaping the invisible

15. La guerre (voices only)