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The Sixteen 2015

Tuesday 26th May 2015

St John's Kirk of Perth, 19:30

This event was part of the 2015 Festival Programme.

The Choral Pilgrimage Flight of the Angels - Finish time 9.10pm approx

In 2015 The Sixteen takes a trip back to 16th-century Spain and more specifically to one of the biggest, richest and most cosmopolitan cities on earth - Seville. It was during this Spanish ‘golden age’ when arts and culture flourished, that Francisco Guerrero and Alonso Lobo made their mark.
Between them these two composers capture an astonishing variety of moods within their music, from ecstasy and joy to despair, longing and devotional stillness. 

‘There are surely few composers who can boast a pilgrimage to the Holy Land; Guerrero made his in 1558 and published a book about his incredible journey. He was reputed to have been a person of gentleness and charm and in possession of a beautiful high tenor voice, and it is that singing quality that comes across in his works - every line is a joy to sing. The acclaimed music scholar Robert Stevenson wrote that the moods he captured included ecstasy, gaiety, melancholy, longing, submission and repose, many of which are captured in ‘Agnus Dei I and II’ from his Missa Congratulamini mihi.
Lobo was a choirboy at Seville Cathedral where Guerrero was maestro de capella. His eight-part setting of Ave Maria is a technical tour de force, but one which in no way impedes its rich sonority and sheer beauty. However there is a single work, that in my opinion makes Lobo deserving of a lasting reputation, and that is Versa est in luctum. Written for the obsequies of Philip II in 1598, it is not only contemplative but also daring, with one of the most heartfelt dissonances I know in Renaissance music.

Both Guerrero and Lobo’s works were performed for nearly two centuries after their deaths, in cathedrals throughout Spain, Portugal and the New World. Let us ensure today that they can achieve the same renown.’ Harry Christophers

Harry Christophers conductor

Concert programme

Guerrero Duo Seraphim

A. Lobo Kyrie from Missa Maria Magdalene

A. Lobo Libera me

Guerrero Gloria from Missa Surge propera

Guerrero Laudate Dominum

Guerrero Maria Magdalene

Guerrero Credo from Missa de la batalla escoutez

Guerrero Vexilla Regis

A. Lobo Ave Regina coelorum

A. Lobo Ave Maria

A. Lobo Versa est in luctum

Guerrero Agnus Dei I and II from Missa Congratulamini mihi


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