Listening to Pictures
A Galway Early Music Festival Concert
Matthew Venner Countertenor
Mark Dobell Tenor
Angus Smith Tenor
Donald Greig Baritone
Project adviser: Professor Tim Shephard, University of Sheffield
7:30pm: Introductory talk on music in Renaissance painting with project advisor Prof. Tim Shephard
The Orlando Consort is delighted to present a visual and aural feast featuring some of the greatest painters and composers of the Renaissance. This multimedia production vividly reveals how Renaissance art is full of sound – angels sing out from altarpieces, ancient gods and goddesses compete in musical contests, and music provides an essential backdrop to sensuous, amorous encounters.
The Consort’s presentation has been specially devised to pair the magnificent paintings of Gentile da Fabriano, Fra Angelico, Luca della Robbia, Carlo Crivelli, Zanobi Strozzi, Mercantonio Raimondi and others with glorious music by composers such as John Dunstaple, Guillaume Dufay, Heinrich Isaac, Josquin Desprez, Antoine Brumel, and Adrian Willaert.
A professionally created visual sequence brings the viewer close to stunning works of art, offering a privileged view that re-creates the experience of encountering them in their original historic Italian setting. Full images dissolve into spectacular close-ups, all to the accompaniment of glorious music from the same era and chosen by the Consort for the specific connections to the paintings on view.