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A beautiful son et lumiere journey through the mind of Leonardo, plus the best of April’s classical concerts

Leonardo da Vinci: Shaping the Invisible performance by I Fagiolini 
Leonardo da Vinci: Shaping the Invisible performance by I Fagiolini  Credit: Mark Allan

I Fagiolini,  Milton Court ★★★★☆

Yet again, the eight-strong vocal ensemble named after those little beans that come with tuna in Italian restaurants has come up with an ingenious “concept” programme that stirs the mind and heart, illuminates the past, and ravishes the ear.

What prompted this particular concept was the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, an occasion that musical director Robert Hollingworth marked not with a brisk canter through the music Leonardo might have heard, but something much more imaginative. Together with renowned Leonardo scholar Martin Kemp, he devised a programme of music, imagery and words that explored Leonardo’s own creative obsessions, and reflected...

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