Fretwork with countertenor Iestyn Davies

Fretwork with countertenor Iestyn Davies

Silent Noon
November 2, 2019 | Saturday at 2:00 p.m. *
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St., Tucson, Arizona

Taking its title from Vaughan Williams’ setting of Christina Rossetti’s poem “Silent Noon,” this program of Gesualdo, Byrd, Lawes, Handel, J.C. Bach, and Vaughan Williams is composed of music that asks us to open our inner ears and hearts to contemplate ways of life and ways of death.

British countertenor Iestyn Davies, one of the leading singers of his generation, is celebrated for the beauty and technical dexterity of his voice and for his intelligent musicianship. He has received Grammy, Gramophone, and Critic’s Circle awards, as well as being nominated for his London and New York performances as Farinelli in the play Farinelli and the King, with Mark Rylance. He performs in recitals, operas, and with orchestras worldwide.

Few other ensembles can match the range of Fretwork’s repertory. In the twenty-five years since their debut, Fretwork’s recordings of the classic English viol repertory—Purcell, Gibbons, Lawes and Byrd—have become the benchmark by which others are judged.

“Iestyn Davies sings with rapturous virtuosity and uncanny beauty.” The Independent (London)

“Fretwork is the finest viol consort on the planet.” The Evening Standard (London)