Friday, 26 July 2019

Energy and virtuosity from VOCES8 in an impressive Proms debut - Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 1

© Andy Staples


Monday 22 July, 2019, 1pm
Cadogan Hall, London

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179): Spiritus sanctus vivicans vita
Pérotin (fl c.1200): Viderunt omnes - excerpt
Josquin des Prez (c1450/55-1521): Ave Maria ... Virgo serena
Jean Mouton (before 1459-1522): Nesciens mater virgo virum
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Regina caeli a 8
Jonathan Dove (b.1959): Vadam et circuit civitatem
Orlando de Lassus (1530/32-94): Missa 'Bell'Amfitrit'altera' - Gloria
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c1525-94): Magnificat primi toni
William Byrd (c1540-1623): Sing joyfully
Alexia Sloane (b.2000): Earthward (world premiere)
Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625): O clap your hands
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943): Bogoroditse Devo, from All-Night Vigil, Op. 37

'The eight singers promised and delivered great skill and smooth blend, at the same time as their ability to characterise the music, text and individual lines when required'.

'VOCES8 convey the rich, warm early clustered harmonies, as well as the repeated rising phrases and weaving lines, making this a highlight of their performance today'.

'The precision and confidence of their performance was highly impressive'.

'Full of energy and madrigalian lightness ... bringing their highly impressive Proms debut to a glorious conclusion'.

Read my full review on Bachtrack here.

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