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Sestina Music is thrilled to announce a three-album partnership with Resonus Classics under the theme of ‘Master and Pupil’.


The idea behind the 'Master and Pupil' theme is that each 'Great Composer' had to learn from someone before them. This is a fitting theme for our first recording, given that this idea is at the heart of Sestina's philosophy of immersive learning: our young singers learn by working alongside leading early music musicians and guest professional singers.


Our first recording focuses on the influences and legacy of composer Claudio Monteverdi. This is particularly apt as it was an early performance of the Monteverdi 'Sestina' by Mark Chambers and a small group of young singers that inspired the creation of Sestina itself, and Monteverdi's music has been a regular feature in our programmes ever since. The recording will feature music by Monteverdi, including his Dixit Dominus (from Selva Morale et Spirituali 1640), which the ensemble performed in 2016, along with music by both his predecessors and his own pupils. A highlight of the recording will be the little known Mass for 8 voices by Giovanni Rigatti, who was Monteverdi's pupil.


The recording will feature our experienced founder members alongside some of the most promising young singers in Northern Ireland, accompanied by a host of Europe's leading early music instrumentalists.


The recording was scheduled to take place in April 2020, and was sadly postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is anticipated that the recording will now take place later in 2021, with an expected release date in early 2022.


Sestina would like to thank everybody who has supported this recording already through our crowdfunding campaign, private donations and CD pre-orders.