Now and then, I attend a concert that, among the many hundreds I’ve attended, stands out unforgettably. Last night, at London’s Wigmore Hall, the performance of selected late madrigals by Orlando Lassus by the Collegium Vocale Gent was such a concert. From the opening first few seconds of music, I was no longer on this planet (which was a relief). Still not quite back to earth.
My list of such concerts is few – the complete Bach solo violin sonatas and partitas performed in Sainte Chappelle; Mitsuko Uchida performing the last three Beethoven piano sonatas at Carnegie Hall.
Lassus has long been a favorite composer for me. These madrigals represent the height of Renaissance polyphonic vocal writing. Heaven.