Monday, 21 September 2020

'The waiting is long...': The Sixteen provide welcome Music for Reflection in difficult times

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers (conductor)


7pm, Saturday 19 September 2020
(reviewed from online stream)



Felice Anerio (c.1560-1614): Litaniae Beatissimae Virginis Mariae

Argo Pärt (b.1935): The Deer’s Cry

T S Eliot (1888-1965): Here let us stand, from Murder in the Cathedral

Josquin des Prez (c.1450/1455-152): O Virgo prudentissima

Arvo Pärt (b.1935): Da pacem Domine

T S Eliot (1888-1965): Does the bird sing in the south?, from Murder in the Cathedral

John Sheppard (c.1515-1558): Libera nos I

Josquin des Prez (c.1450/1455-1521): Pater noster, Ave Maria

Argo Pärt (b.1935): Morning Star

T S Eliot (1888-1965): We praise thee, O God, from Murder in the Cathedral

Tomás Luis de Victoria (c.1548-1611): Litaniae Beatae Mariae

Encore: 

William Byrd (1543-1623): Mass for Four Voices, Agnus Dei 


Pärt:

'Christophers judged the pace of Pärt’s pieces well ... and the rich lower voices provided firm grounding throughout'.


Shepard:

'The emotional highpoint, with its low bass cantus firmus underpinning the glorious soaring and falling sopranos'.


Byrd:

'Beautifully performed here by a solo quartet, this was a perfect, intimate and reflective conclusion'.


Read my full review on Bachtrack here.



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