Ludovico's Band

Monteverdi: Love & War



Ludovico’s Band is one of Australia’s most dynamic Baroque bands acclaimed for its performances of music from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

The combination of multiple plucked string instruments with soaring violins and a rich bowed bass creates a unique and exotic sound world. Directed by Marshall McGuire (triple harp) and Tommie Andersson (lute, theorbo, Baroque guitar), the group features Rachael Beesley (violin), Samantha Cohen (theorbo, lute, Baroque guitar) and Ruth Wilkinson (recorders, viola da gamba). Formed in 2002 for the Melbourne Festival event, Sheer Pluck, the performers are united by the desire to form a plucked basso continuo band and regularly invite guests to feature in their performances.

This year Ludovico’s Band dedicates their Recital Centre series to composer Claudio Monteverdi, marking the 450th anniversary of his birth. The Band celebrates a wealth of astonishing works by a composer at the cutting edge of the New Music of his time, who composed masterpieces in both the Renaissance and Baroque styles. Framed by his contemporaries and celebrating the astonishing richness of his Eighth Book of Madrigals, Ludovico’s Band traverses the landscape between love and war, with laments, tears, battles and caresses. Love & War features favourite madrigals from this later book, including ‘Lamento della Ninfa’ and ‘Chiome d’Oro’, and works by Castello and Uccellini.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Ludovico’s Band


Dario Castello

Claudio Monteverdi
Chiome d’oro
O come ei gentile
O sia tranquillo il mar
Ardo e scoprir
Mentre vaga angioletta
Lamento della Ninfa
Zefiro Torna

Marco Uccellini


Timothy Reynolds tenor
Robert Macfarlane tenor
Helen Thomson soprano
Erika Tandiono soprano
Nicholas Dinopoulos bass-baritone
Natalia Harvey violin


This production is part of the following series:

Ludovico's Band

Ludovico’s Band creates a unique sound world that explores cutting edge music of the Baroque period.

Southbank Series 2017

Melbourne Recital Centre’s Southbank Series brings talented artists from across Australia to Melbourne for audiences to enjoy in the best place to hear.