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I Fagiolini - Renaissance and Baroque Choral Music

Martin Handley introduces a concert of choral music including Alessandro Striggio's Mass in 40 Parts performed by I Fagiolini and the Bath Camerata under Robert Hollingworth.

Live from Bath Abbey, Martin Handley introduces a concert of supersize choral music from the Renaissance and early Baroque.

Thought lost for 400 years, Alessandro Striggio's Mass in 40 Parts is believed to have been the inspiration for Thomas Tallis's great motet Spem in Alium. Involving five groups of voices and instruments placed around the Abbey, textures from 40 individual parts are woven into an all-enveloping soundscape before rising spectacularly into 60 parts for a grand finale. Plus, to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Gabrieli there's a new reconstruction of his mighty Magnificat.

Striggio: Ecce beatem lucem
Striggio: Missa Ecco si beato giorno - Kyrie
Striggio: Missa Ecco si beato giorno - Gloria
Bassano: Divisions on Palestrina's 'Introduxit me Rex'
Tallis: Spem in alium

Interval

Striggio: Missa Ecco si beato giorno - Credo
Viadana: O dulcissima Maria
Striggio: Missa Ecco si beato giorno - Sanctus
Striggio: Missa Ecco si beato giorno - Benedictus
Striggio: Missa Ecco si beato giorno - Agnus Dei I and II
G.Gabrieli arr. Hugh Keyte: Magnificat con il 'sicut locutus'

I Fagiolini
Bath Camerata
Robert Hollingworth director.

2 hours, 30 minutes

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