National Centre for Early Music, York Saturday December 5th 2020
The Great Mystery Discover the mystery of Christmas threaded through this 60-minute sequence for voices, framed by Palestrina’s majestic double-choir mass and Magnificat. Motets that once rang through the Sistine Chapel appear alongside the ecstatic serenity of contemporary works by James MacMillan.
At the heart of the programme are Palestrina’s exquisite O magnum mysterium and a beautiful setting of the Inviolata, written by the Afro-Portuguese composer Vicente Lusitano in homage to his predecessor Josquin Des Prez.
Kings Place, London Tuesday December 15th 2020
All Creation Waits Follow the thread of Advent mystery through this hour-long sequence for voices. Intricate renaissance works by Palestrina that once rang through the Sistine Chapel appear alongside the ecstatic serenity of contemporary motets by MacMillan and Treseder.
At the heart of the programme sit two songs devoted to Mary: a beautiful setting of the Inviolata, written by the Afro-Portuguese composer Vicente Lusitano in homage to his predecessor Josquin, and the 16-year-old Britten’s sublime miniature, A Hymn to the Virgin.
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