An evening of sensational choral music to excite the senses as St George's intimate atmosphere and perfect acoustics resonate to a beautiful sequence of 'divine' music, both sacred and secular, from celebrated renaissance choral works to 19th-century French song.
At the heart of this programme are Tallis' unforgettable motet, Spem in Alium – whose performance in the round, with its gradual accumulation of voices from just 1 to 40, must count as one of the most thrilling passages of music of all time – and Allegri's immense, sublime, transformative Miserere, composed in the early 17th century for the Sistine Chapel and deemed so beautiful in its time that it was forbidden to be performed anywhere else.
With utterly seductive works by Lili Boulanger (the spartan Hymne au soleil), Claude Debussy's Trois chansons de Charles d'Orleans and music by Whitacre, Harris, Mäntyjärvi, Victoria and Delius this is a night of big passions and haunting vocal transcendence.
Sunday 13th February 2011 at 7.30pm
St George's, Great George Street, off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR
Whitacre i thank You God for most this amazing day
Victoria Super flumina Babylonis
Harris Bring us, O Lord God
Mäntyjärvi O magnum mysterium
Tallis Spem in alium
Lili Boulanger Hymne au soleil
Lili Boulanger Soir sur la plaine
Delius To be sung on a Summer night on the water
Debussy Trois chansons de Charles d’Orleans
Stanford The Blue Bird
Trad arr Erb Shenandoah
Whitacre Water Night
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