Sunday 20 May 2012

The Sixteen at Norwich Cathedral

On the evening of Wednesday 16th May 2012 I attended one of the highlights of this year's Norfolk and Norwich Festival when The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers brought their The Earth Resounds Choral Pilgrimage to Norwich Cathedral. The Sixteen are one of the world's most acclaimed early music ensembles and their visit is an eagerly anticipated annual event.

The programme consisted of Praeter rerum seriem - Josquin, Gloria from Missa et ecce terrae motus - Brumel, O Virgo prudentissima - Josquin, Magnificat secundi toni super Praeter rerum seriem - Lassus, Aurora lucis rutilat - Lassus, Huc me sydereo - Josquin - Timor et tremor - Lassus, Sanctus from Missa et ecce terrae motus - Brumel and Magnificat octavi toni super Aurora lucis rutilat - Lassus.

The Earth Resounds celebrates the music of Brumel, Josquin and Lassus who were three of the towering figures of the Franco-Flemish Renaissance. All tickets for this amazing event were sold as The Sixteen brought us a brilliant performance on a night to remember with a programme centred around movements from Brumel's Missa et ecce terrae motus. The sacred music of 15th and 16th Century Flanders made for an evening of expressive and beautiful music with a performance of the highest quality from The Sixteen and Harry Christophers.

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