NAVE has teamed with The Four Winds recorder consort for “Madrigals, Motets, and Merriment,” a lively program of renaissance musical delights. Directed by Andrew Benware, NAVE is a select chamber choir of 20 professional and experienced amateur singers from 3 Adirondack counties. The Four Winds are four masterly musicians from the Adirondacks and Québec, each capable of playing all the instruments in the recorder “family,” from the highest little sopranino to the lowest large contrabass.
“Madrigals, Motets, and Merriment” offers a choice sampling of short vocal and instrumental works that express the full range of human emotions. Little vignettes, both secular and sacred, capture the essence of a mood or state, each dealing with an aspect of earthly or divine love. Coquetry, passion, loss, and despair, as well as spiritual longing, fervor and joy are all depicted in a perfect marriage of words and music.