St Christopher

Victoria Requiem
Event 9
Friday October 14th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

The choral soul of the Spanish Renaissance

This is an archived event from the 2011 programme.

TRINITY BAROQUE:  Catherine King mezzo-soprano  Kate Hamilton mezzo-soprano  Jennie Cassidy alto  Julian Podger tenor, director  Thomas Guthrie baritone  Christopher Adams bass

The centrepiece of this beautiful programme is the Officium Defunctorum of Tomás Luis de Victoria (the six-part Requiem), sung one to a part by this solo-quality chamber choir, interspersed with motets, chants and songs by contemporaries Guerrero (O crux splendidior, Que buen año, Quasi cedrus and Audivi vocem), Morales (Manus tuae, Domine), del Enzina (Los sospiros no sosiegan) and Peñalosa (Precor te, Domine Jesu Christe). 

2011 is the fourth centenary of Victoria’s death.  He was one of the greatest masters of the counter-reformation, who by simple musical means achieved an emotional power and mystical intensity rarely found in Palestrina or the English polyphonists.

The distinguished choral director and musicologist Bruno Turner will give a short introduction to the music.  The performance then unfolds in an unbroken flow, without interval.

Trinity Baroque was founded at Trinity College Cambridge, where it became influential in the development of the early music scene.  It’s  core of six to eight high-quality singers use the invention of the moment to complement historically-aware interpretations.  Innovative combinations of sacred and secular music are a hallmark. Their website can be accessed here.

It was Ensemble of the Year in the 2010 Prelude Classical Music Awards.  Reviewers have been impressed:  “Immaculate clarity… the effect is magical” (Early Music News);  “The quality is simply extraordinary” (Independent); “What perfection” (Diapason)

"A highly impressive group: well-blended, rhythmically secure, absolutely in tune and with the ability to vary dynamics, attack and pacing in a convincing way" (Classic CD)

The renaissance choral field has no more authoritative figure than Bruno Turner to set the scene – founder and director of a string of admired choirs (notably Pro Cantione Antiqua), with over 60 seminal recordings.

Concert sponsored by Alan Hedges