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About Tenebrae: Masterworks of the Renaissance Masters

Exquisite, transcendent choral music by a world-leading vocal ensemble, renowned for its passion and precision.

The last time Tenebrae were in Australia they won standing ovations for their astonishing precision, beauty of sound and impassioned interpretations.

Conducted by former King’s singer Nigel Short, this award-winning a cappella choir brings two programs to Sydney: the darkly expressive music of Tomás Luis de Victoria in Masterworks of the Renaissance; and inspiring modern miniatures by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst and others, starring mezzo soprano Martha McLorinan as soloist, in Music of the Spheres.

Tenebrae's Masterworks of the Renaissance program features the Requiem mass by Tomás Luis de Victoria, a masterpiece of the Spanish Renaissance.

The purity of its unaccompanied voices, weaving in glorious harmony, speaks to the modern heart just as powerfully as it did four centuries ago. The timeless beauty of this music provides the emotional core for a darkly expressive program with Victoria’s lamenting music for Holy Saturday and Allegri’s famous Miserere.

Repertoire includes:

Alfonso Lobo Versa – In Luctum

Tomás Luis De Victoria – Highlights from the Tenebrae Responsoriesa and Lamentations for Holy Saturday

Gregorio Allegri – Miserere

Victoria – Requiem (1605)

Run Time

1hr 35min (inc interval)

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★★★★★ - Phenomenal... Astonishing beauty and force
The Times
A display of disciplined technique and stage-craft [that] enjoyed a standing ovation
Sydney Morning Herald
Unaccompanied choral singing comes no better than this: in blend, accuracy, precision, commitment
The Guardian

City Recital Hall

2 Angel Place, Sydney, NSW 2000

21 Jan 2020

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