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Ancient and Modern

Gibbons: Hosanna to the Son of David
Palestrina: Stabat Mater
Tavener: Funeral Ikos
Tallis: Videte miraculum
Victoria: Magnificat Sexti toni (a12)
de la Rue: O salutaris
Arvo Pärt: Magnificat
Tarik O’Regan: Ave Maria
Tarik O’Regan: Surrexit Christus
JS Bach: Der Geist hilft

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We are delighted to be returning to West Wycombe to present sacred choral music from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Palestrina’s famous double choir Stabat Mater is one of the masterpieces of Renaissance polyphony, and is partnered with beautiful English works of the same period by Tallis and Gibbons, as well as the extravagant 12-voice setting of the Magnificat by the Spanish composer Victoria. More recently, the so-called “Holy Minimalists” John Tavener (Funeral Ikos) and Avo Pärt (Magnificat) combined a quiet simplicity with their own haunting harmonic language. We feature two works by the young British composer, Tarik O’Regan, before concluding with the greatest master of them all, J S Bach, in his motet Der Geist Hilft