Italian Baroque at Ely Cathedral
Wed 13 Jun 7:30pm£5 - £25
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Le Concert Spirituel
Hervé Niquet conductor
Benevolo Mass: Si Deus pro nobis
Interspersed with plainchant, and choral and instrumental music by Monteverdi, Frescobaldi and Palestrina
(ends approx. 8.50pm, no interval)
Orazio Benevolo’s mass is an astonishing spectacle and a ravishing listening experience, with eight choirs (each with their own conductor and instrumental ensemble) arrayed around Ely Cathedral’s Octagon, submerging the audience under waves of polyphony. Performed in a sequence alongside sumptuous choral motets and instrumental flourishes from his Italian musical forbears and leavened with the purity of plainchant, this is a bewitching, extravagant highpoint of the Italian baroque.
The Aldeburgh Festival returns to Ely Cathedral for the first time in over fifty years to present an extraordinary multi-choir mass setting. Benevolo has been little heard in modern times, until Hervé Niquet’s ensemble’s recent championing of his richly textured and highly original sacred works.
Procession: Plain chant : Aeterna Christi munera et martyrum victorias
Motet: Monteverdi Cantate Domino
Kyrie: Benevolo Messe Si Deus pro nobis
Motet: Palestrina Beata es, Virgo Maria (instrumental)
Gloria: Benevolo Messe si Deus pro nobis
Graduual: Plain chant : Et ne averta faciem tuam a puero tuo
Credo: Benevolo Messe si Deus pro nobis
Offertoire: Frescobaldi Canzon Vigesimanona for 8 (instrumental)
Sanctus: Benevolo Messe si Deus pro nobis
Benedictus: Plain chant : Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini
Motet: Benevolo Regna Terrae
Méditation: Palestrina Peccavimus (instrumental)
Agnus Dei: Benevolo Messe si Deus pro nobis
Prière: Palestrina Pater Noster à 5 voix (extrait 3e livre)
Recessional: Benevolo Magnificat à 16 voix
Main Image Credit: Step by Step Productions