Profeti della Quinta
Vocal Ensemble

The Story of the Italian Madrigal

The Madrigal was the most prominent genre of secular vocal music in the Renaissance and early Baroque. This program follows its evolution from the highly expressive polyphony of Cipriano de Rore, to the revolutionary madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi that shaped the Baroque era.

Madrigals and Motets by Luzzasco Luzzaschi (c.1545-1607)

Luzzaschi, though hardly known nowadays, was in fact both musically and historically one of the central musical figures of the late Renaissance. This program explores great variety of his oeuvre; madrigals, motets, as well as his monodies and duets. More details here.

​A New Biblical musical drama telling the story ​Joseph and his Brethren

Biblical musical drama composed in the spirit of the first Operas by Elam Rotem.
Using the musical language and context of the first musical Dramas of Cavalieri, Caccini, and Monteverdi, the piece tells the story of Joseph and his brethern - one of the most touching stories of the old testament. The piece is written in Biblical Hebrew for five voices, instruments, and basso-continuo. More details here.

Madrigals and Hebrew prayers by Salomone Rossi (c. 1570-1630)

A program portraying the Jewish Italian composer by highlighting the variety of his musical output, comprising Italian madrigals and instrumental music as well as unique Hebrew-texted music for the Synagogue. More details here.

JERUSALEM, JERUSALEM - Lamentations by Emilio de' Cavalieri (ca. 1600) intertwined with highly chromatic madrigals

Cavalieri's expressive setting of the dark biblical text combines old and new musical styles: beautiful and complex polyphonic sections alternating with highly expressive monodies and duets. This innovative setting of Jeremiah's Lamentations over the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, is mirrored in this program by dark madrigals from the same period. The sacred and secular genres attend passionately to the human experience of suffering and mourning. 

Song of Songs and Dark Biblical Love Tales

Motets and Dramatic Scenes Composed in the Spirit of Early 17th Century Italian Music by Elam Rotem. This program presents motets inspired by the intimate and amorous madrigal genre as well as two pieces in the dramatic style of the genere rappresentativo. The motets set texts from the Song of Songs, while the dramatic scenes depict the dark love tales of Amnon & Tamar (Samuel II), and Samson & Delilah (Judges). More details here.