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The Tallis Scholars

Magnificat

Venue: Cadogan Hall

Repertoire

Palestrina
Magnificat For Double Choir
Arvo Pärt
Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen
Tallis
Miserere Nostri
Allegri
Miserere
Praetorius
Magnificat II
Byrd
Miserere Mei
Byrd
Miserere Mihi, Domine
Arvo Pärt
Magnificat
Arvo Pärt
Nunc Dimittis
Palestrina
Nunc Dimittis for double choir

Performers

Peter Phillips
director

The Magnificat, Mary’s song of exaltation following the annunciation, sits together with the Nunc Dimittis at the core of the Christian liturgy, whether in the Anglican rite of Evensong or the Catholic Offices of Evening Prayer and Compline. Together they frame the scope of the Christian experience – from the joyous anticipation of Christ’s birth to the calm acceptance of death and resurrection. Their certainty, however, leaves little room for the human errors and doubts that also shape the Christian journey, errors for which Ash Wednesday’s Psalm 51 – the Miserere – is perhaps the most impassioned plea for forgiveness.

Taking these three texts as touchstones, this programme explores the musical responses of composers divided by age and nationality, but united by a common spiritual inspiration.

Part of Choral at Cadogan 2011/12

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Ex Cathedra

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The Tallis Scholars

Music by Jean Mouton and William Cornysh, originally performed to celebrate this spectacular event in 1520.

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