The Cardinall's Musick: Performance Diary

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Concert: Wigmore Hall (Thursday 27 September 2018, 7.30 pm)

The Company of Heaven
The Saints of the Church have long provided inspiration for composers, especially in the medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque periods when the Church and its ceremonies stood at the centre of daily life. This is the first in a series of three performances featuring masses in honour of particular saints and includes a mass for St Peter by Palestrina; masses for St Mary Magdalene (Guerrero) and St John the Baptist (Palestrina) follow in the remaining concerts, in January and June 2019. Each mass is a fine example of these composers at their very best – perfect democracy in the music with each part holding equal importance and wonderful invention in their melodies and imitation. Plainsong propers for the relevant feast day help to throw the polyphony into relief.

Each second half features a variety of motets, the small-scale alongside the more magnificent. A setting of the Magnificat – the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary – concludes each concert.


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Date: Thursday 27 September 2018, 7.30 pm    Venue: Wigmore Hall, London »

Concert: National Concert Hall, Dublin (Tuesday 9 October 2018, 8.00 pm)

The Music Makers
Devotion to the Virgin Mary was central to belief for 16th century Catholics and composers produced some of their very best music for her. From the sumptuous writing of Padilla and Guerrero to an unusually dramatic Palestrina, from the wit of Byrd to the playfulness of Hieronymus Praetorius. Alongside them is some of the finest music written for The Cardinall’s Musick in recent years, including Cheryl Frances Hoad’s astonishing depiction of a sixteenth century comet, Nico Muhly’s ostinato-like setting of medieval words, Judith Weir’s suave settings of George Herbert and Paul Crabtree’s tear-jerking settings of words by the Shaker writer, Ann Lee.

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Date: Tuesday 9 October 2018, 8.00 pm    Venue: National Concert Hall, Dublin »