ERT National Symphony Orchestra & Choir
Holy Music: From Early Renaissance to the 21st century
16 May 2013
The predominance of works of a sacred nature in Western music in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is largely due to the Church having long been one of music’s main champions.
The volume of sacred music composed was in decline between the early 17th and the mid 20th century. However, beginning in the nineteen seventies, composers of various schools would return to religious music. Notable examples would include Arvo Part and John Tavener, whose work is imbued with an intense religiosity.
This concert by the National Symphony Orchestra and the ERT Choir seeks to shed fresh light on rarely performed musical masterpieces. Written between the Renaissance and the present, these works rarely feature on concert programmes anywhere in the world.
These will be the Greek premieres of the Lamentations of Jeremiah by the still little-known early Renaissance composer, Marbrianus de Orto, and the Messe pour les Trépassés by Marc-Antoine Charpentier—two works which exude the magnificence of the religious art of the Renaissance and the Baroque.
At the other end of the chronological spectrum, we will have Arvo Pärt’s Pilgrim’s Song, John Tavener’s Little Requiem for Father Malachy Lynch, and Toru Takemitsu’s Requiem for strings, which will allow audiences to admire the metaphysical musical discourse of contemporary composers—a discourse which, though achieved using different musical means, reveals the same expressive power.
Forming the concert’s centrepiece, as well as a centre point between the programme’s musics ancient and contemporary, Mozart’s heart-rending and magnificent Kyrie (K341) is a superb dramatic work by one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time.
creditsOrchestra conducted by Miltos Logiadis
Choir conducted by Valeri Oreskin
1. Marbrianus de Orto [1460 – 1529]: Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae 12΄
2. Arvo Pärt [b. 1935]: Pilgrim’s Song 8΄
3. Marc-Antoine Charpentier [1634 – 1704]: Messe pour les Trépassés 20΄
Symphonie – Kyrie, Dies Irae, Symphonie – Agnus Dei
4. Toru Takemitsu [1930 – 1996]: Requiem (for string orchestra) 8΄
5. John Tavener [b. 1944]: Little Requiem for Father Malachy Lynch 11΄
6. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [1756 – 1791]: Kyrie in D minor, K. 341/368a 9΄