John Eliot Gardiner presents a new podcast series exploring Monteverdi’s role at the centre of seismic shifts and tumultuous advances in all the arts and sciences during the early 1600s, spearheaded by his contemporaries - Galileo, Kepler, Bacon, Shakespeare, Caravaggio and Rubens.
Across eight episodes, with the help of specially recorded musical illustrations and a handpicked team of experts, Gardiner guides listeners through an in-depth investigation into the development of the early-modern mind.
The eighth and final episode in the series, ‘The window of opportunity closes’, is now available - watch John Eliot Gardiner’s introduction to the podcast and listen to the full episode below, or stream/download on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Deezer.
The series at a glance
The first three decades of the 17th century saw intellectual ferment bubbling up across Europe, epitomised by a single generation of visionary artists and scientists, all born in the 1560s or ’70s. Galileo, Kepler, and Bacon spearheaded a scientific and philosophical revolution, while Shakespeare, Caravaggio and Rubens made radical innovations in the arts, as did a pioneer group of women creative artists and interpreters. This constellation of game-changers extended the map of human knowledge, overturned traditional views, and helped usher in the modern world. But why do historians routinely overlook their exact contemporary, the composer Claudio Monteverdi, whose contributions were no less ground-breaking. Bringing his work and its historical context to life with the help of specially recorded musical illustrations and a handpicked team of experts, Sir John Eliot Gardiner guides listeners through an in-depth investigation into the causes of this seismic shift and the development of the early-modern mind.
Podcast Producer: Bill Lloyd
Episode 1: Something in the air
Episode 2: The “Intertrafficke of the minde”
Episode 3: The new art of science
Episode 4: How music catches up
Episode 5: The anatomy of melancholy
Episode 6: “More beautiful than the truth”
Episode 7: Celebrating the self
Episode 8: The window of opportunity closes
John Eliot Gardiner introduces ‘Monteverdi and his constellation’
Monteverdi Podcast recording sessions - Beatus vir
Podcast series contributors
Sir Roger Penrose
Dame Janet Suzman
Anna Dennis soprano
Silvia Frigato soprano
Francesca Biliotti alto
Krystian Adam tenor
Peter Davoren tenor
Gareth Treseder tenor
John Taylor Ward bass-baritone
Kati Debretzeni, Oliver Webber
viola da gamba and lirone
harpsichord & organ
chitarrone & renaance guitar