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The Sixteen at Kings Place

The Sixteen recorded at Kings Place in a concert that links Monteverdi's music to the polyphonic tradition which influenced him and interleaves it with the poetry of Seamus Heaney.

Monteverdi's music is linked to the earlier polyphonic tradition that so influenced him, and is interleaved with the Dante-inspired poetry of Seamus Heaney.
The Sixteen, recorded at Kings Place, London on 13 January 2018

Monteverdi: Missa In illo tempore
Gombert: In illo tempore
Victoria and Guerrero: Settings from the Song of Songs
Seamus Heaney: Selections from Station Island

Sean Campion, narrator
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, conductor

Monteverdi derived his striking Missa In illo tempore (Mass 'At that time') from a motet by Flemish maestro Nicolas Gombert, written a century earlier. Sensuous settings of the Song of Songs by the great Iberian composers Guerrero and Victoria will be woven through the Mass.

In his 1984 collection 'Station Island', Irish poet Seamus Heaney questioned his place in a nation riven by the Troubles. It includes the poem 'In illo tempore', which considers the grammar and politics of a Mass service. Heaney takes us on a Dantean voyage, encountering ghosts from his past, just as Monteverdi recalled and transformed the ideas of his forebears.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Anon.

    Oculi mei semper ad Dominum

    Performer: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Nigra Sum Sed Formosa

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Anon.

    Ad te levavi

    Performer: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Ad Te Levavi

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Nicolas Gombert

    In Illo Tempore Loquente Jesu

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Francisco Guerrero

    Maria Magdalena

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Kyrie from Missa "In Illo Tempore"

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Franz Liszt

    Annees de pelerinage - Deuxieme annee: Italie, No.7 Apres une Lecture du Dante

    Performer: Lise de la Salle.
    • NAIVE.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Gloria from Missa 'In Illo Tempore'

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Francisco Guerrero

    Ego Flos Campi

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Vidi Speciosam

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Anon.

    Iustitiae Domini rectae

    Performer: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Agnus Dei from Missa 'In Illo Tempore'

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Le Tombeau de Couperin

    Performer: Mengjie Han.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Selection from Iberia

    Performer: Mengjie Han.

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