Untune the Sky: Lamento della Ninfa | University of Oxford

Untune the Sky: Lamento della Ninfa

Event date
Event time
20:00 - 21:30
Venue
Somerville College
Woodstock Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6HD
Venue details

Somerville College Chapel

Event type
Concerts
Event cost
£10 / £5 students
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

"Sí tra sdegnosi pianti
spargea le voci al ciel;
cosí ne' cori amanti
mesce amor fiamma, e gel."

So amidst disdainful tears,
She spread her crying to the sky;
Thus, in lovers' hearts
Love mixes fire and ice.

Pleasure and pain are present in equal parts in the love of the Italian madrigalists. Exquisite heartbreak and delicious torment, abandonment, sensuality, infidelity, joy and passion are squeezed into each lingering chord and each fleeting breath. Delight and wallow in an evening of songs and madrigals by Monteverdi, Casulana, Caccini and Marenzio.