The Cardinall's Musick: Performance Diary

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Concert: Snape Maltings (Saturday 25 October 2014, 8.00 pm)

Britten’s Canticles contain some of his most haunting music, from the heartfelt pleas, terror and mercy of Abraham & Isaac to the tugging, obsessive repetitions of the Magi recounting their nocturnal winter journey.  This programme places Canticles II and IV alongside music by William Byrd and Palestrina, and the Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel by Poulenc.

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Date: Saturday 25 October 2014, 8.00 pm    Venue: Snape Maltings, Snape, near Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1SR

Concert: Cambridge Music Festival (Monday 17 November 2014, 8.00 pm)

The motets of JS Bach are the high watermark of a tradition which had its roots in a fusion of the Renaissance motet and the German choral. This heritage coupled with Bach’s own brilliance in his fugues, his remarkable sense of harmony and his dramatic dialogues and understanding of rhetoric
gave rise to six superb motets four of which are presented here. This programme traces the use of Lutheran chorales in the works of Melchior Franck and Johannes Eccard. Also here are two motets by Heinrich Schütz, the composer who first got to grips with setting the German language in an overtly dramatic style. At the heart of the programme are four motets from Bach – Lobet den Herren, Komm Jesu komm, Fürchte dich nicht and Singet dem Herren. Radically different in the way in which they deal with their material, they also cover the gamut of emotions from the longing of Komm, Jesu, komm, to the exuberance of Singet dem Herren.

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Date: Monday 17 November 2014, 8.00 pm    Venue: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge »

Concert: Wigmore Hall, London (Monday 8 December 2014, 7.30 pm)

Mary, Queen of Heaven

The first in a three-concert series on the music of Fayrfax, setting his Latin sacred compositions within the context of the religious and political landscape of early Tudor England.  This first programme features the Missa O quam glorifica alongside music by Cornysh, Lambe and Turges.

Marian devotion and mysticism touched countless lives in late medieval England, inspiring Robert Fayrfax and musicians such as William Cornysh and Walter Lambe to create some of their finest works.

This concert also explores Tudor dynastic politics in the form of Fayrfax’s votive antiphon Aeternae laudis lilium, almost certainly commissioned by Henry VIII’s mother, Elizabeth of York.

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36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP

Date: Monday 8 December 2014, 7.30 pm    Venue: Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP »

Concert: Choral at Cadogan (Thursday 5 February 2015, 7.30 pm)

The Cardinall’s Musick appear in the prestigious Choral at Cadogan series at London’s Cadogan Hall, in a programme titled The Psalms of David.

The Psalms of David have provided inspiration for countless generations of composers. Sung several times a day during services in the Catholic rite and at the centre of Anglican Mattins and Evensong, they contain all human emotion, from pain and loss to rejoicing and exultation.

This programme contrasts European composers including Allegri’s famous Miserere (Psalm 51) and other double-choir pieces by Victoria alongside more closely argued pieces by English composers. From the suave Gibbons, to the energetic Weelkes and the ever-inspired William Byrd, the music reflects the wide-range of emotions found in the texts.

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Date: Thursday 5 February 2015, 7.30 pm    Venue: Cadogan Hall, London »