The Sixteen dir. Harry Christophers
7.30pm, Friday 12 April, 2013
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge
The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage visits Cambridge with music by Allegri, Palestrina and James MacMillan. Harry Christophers writes:
"Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is often billed as 'The Prince of Music' and by some 'The Saviour of Church Music';
of course there are many great composers of the Renaissance, but Palestrina shines out for his immaculate craftsmanship and his sheer output.
"Today's 'Saviour of Church Music' is undoubtedly James MacMillan, a composer with whom we at The Sixteen have had a long and empathetic
association. His setting of the Miserere is a deeply emotional work, one which I guarantee will have you on the edge of your seat,
and will undoubtedly have a powerfully emotional effect on you, the listener. It is a quite astounding work and it comes from the pen of one man.
I could not resist the opportunity to contrast MacMillan's setting with that of Gregorio Allegri. Allegri's Miserere is the single most
famous piece of sacred music ever written. However, mythology surrounds it and, in our Choral Pilgrimage, we aim to portray its evolution.
We have no idea what Allegri's Miserere actually sounded like, but we will endeavour to make some calculated guesses!"
The Sixteen sing this music as if they really believe in it. [Financial Times]
Flawless intonation, clean yet warm textures...breathless sensuality [The Times]
Plainsong: Regina cli
Kyrie from Missa Regina cli
Dominus dabit benignitatem from The Strathclyde Motets
Improperium exspectavit cor meum
Videns Dominus from The Strathclyde Motets
Palestrina: Stabat Mater
Palestrina: Regina cli
Vineam meam non custodivi from Song of Songs
O radiant dawn from The Strathclyde Motets
Pulchræ sunt genuæ tuæ from Song of Songs
Agnus Dei I-III from Missa Regina cli
All concert information is correct at 26 February 2014.