The Tallis Scholars

Christmas Festival
Thursday, 19 December, 2013 - 19:30

BEATA ES VIRGO MARIA

What better way to mark the culmination of a world tour celebrating The Tallis Scholars’ 40th anniversary than with this concert back in London. Join these world class exponents of Renaissance sacred music, honoured this year in the Gramophone ‘Hall of Fame’, in a programme celebrating the Virgin, both as a saint and as a mother.

Victoria’s glorious Missa Gaudeamus was written for All Saints Day, traditionally one of the most extrovert feasts in the calendar. Alongside this joyful reference to Mary we juxtapose some of the intimate music associated with her at Christmas time: not least the rare seven-voice motet Beata es Virgo Maria by Verdelot, which also includes the Ave Maria text. Bruckner’s Ave Maria adds an extra and perhaps unexpected dimension to settings of this text, surely one of the most popular of all time.

“An uncanny ability to increase emotional intensity so subtly that you don’t realise it’s happening. Then, suddenly, pow! The music’s blazing; so are you.” The Times

Peter Phillips
director
Programme includes:
Verdelot
Beata es Virgo Maria
Bruckner
Ave Maria
Guerrero
Maria Magdalene
Victoria
Missa Gaudeamus
Victoria
Ave Maria a 8
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