Magnificat dir. Philip Cave
7.30pm, Friday 8 February, 2013
The Tudors at Prayer explores Latin devotional music composed during the reigns of Tudor monarchs Henry VIII, Mary and Elizabeth.
Thomas Tallis's emotive Suscipe quaeso and two of William Byrd's greatest works, Tribue Domine and
Ne irascaris Domine, are interspersed by Quemadmodum desiderat and two Antiphons by John Taverner,
settings of Christe qui lux by Byrd and Robert White, and Robert Parsons's exquisite Ave Maria.
Several of these works are featured on Magnificat's most recent recording, Where late the sweet birds sang, which features
sacred Latin music by Parsons, White and Byrd.
Magnificat was formed in 1991 by its conductor, Philip Cave, to explore the rich diversity of choral music from the
last five centuries. The ensemble specialises in the restoration and performance of neglected choral masterpieces of
the 16th and 17th centuries. Magnificat's performances have been hailed as stunning, luminous, superb,
vibrant, exquisite and stirring, and have confirmed their position in the very front rank of
Early Music practitioners.... The performances are guaranteed to refresh even the most jaded palate. [Early Music Review]
English polyphony has formed an enduring strand in the group's repertoire, highlighted by an award-winning recording of Tallis's
masterworks Spem in alium and Lamentations.
William Byrd (c.1540-1623): Christe qui lux es
John Taverner (c.1495-1545): Two Antiphons: i. Ave Maria, ii. Fac nobis
John Taverner: Quemadmodum desiderat
William Mundy (c.1529-c.1591): Adulescentulus sum
William Byrd: Tribue, Domine
-- Interval --
Robert White (c.1538-1574): Christe qui lux (IV)
Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585): Suscipe quaeso, Domine
William Byrd: Ne irascaris, Domine
Robert Parsons (1535-1572): Domine, quis habitabit
Robert Parsons: Ave Maria
director Philip Cave
Amy Haworth, Alice Gribbin soprano
Sally Dunkley, Caroline Trevor mean/alto
Steven Harrold, Ben Hymas tenor
William Dawes, William Gaunt, Giles Underwood bass/baritone
All concert information is correct at 2 October 2013.