The Full Monteverdi

And the award goes to…
May 27, 2006, 11:17 pm
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At the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Awards at the Dorchester Hotel, I Fagiolini won the Ensemble Award. The awards are given in recognition of ‘live musical excellence’, the three criteria for recognition being ‘creativity, excellence and understanding’. The award has only once before gone to a vocal ensemble and never to an ensemble specialising in early music.

The citation read:
“I Fagiolini is a group of musical actors who, under their energetic director Robert Hollingworth, have created an imaginative approach to presenting often unfamiliar music…their performances are always informed while communicating the spirit of the music instantly and vividly.”


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Just a shame we couldn’t actually make it for the dinner. There really is no such thing as a free ‘lunch’. Had a gig at St.John’s Smith Square with the SDASA Chorale of Soweto that night and then jumped into taxis to make it in time for the award. Nice to win something though. The way we perform 16th century music seems to annoy one side of the early music world but I can’t help feeling they have missed the point. Early Music is not different from other music: it’s either good or bad, and interestingly or boringly performed. It’s not enough to hide behind the sound music makes and say, ‘isn’t that pretty’? Monteverdi, with his emphasis on getting the text across, would turn in his grave.

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