The Scottish Chamber Choir
- Walter Thompson (conductor)
- Saturday 11 June 2016 at 7.30pm
Rosslyn Chapel, Chapel Loan, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9PU
- Palestrina at Rosslyn
- Palestrina’s motet and mass Tu es Petrus interwoven with six motets by Bruckner and Verdi.
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - Motet: Tu es Petrus
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - Mass: Tu es Petrus
Anton Bruckner - Locus iste
Anton Brucker - Virga Jesse
Anton Bruckner - Christus factus est
Giuseppe Verdi - Ave Maria
Giuseppe Verdi - Laudi alla Vergine Maria
Giuseppe Verdi - Pater Noster
The choir, under guest director Walter Thomson, presents a programme of glorious a cappella choral music, centred on a masterpiece of polyphonic and antiphonal writing – the great six-part motet Tu es Petrus by the Italian Renaissance composer, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. This leads into a performance of the “parody mass” based on material from the motet.
Adapting the ancient tradition of interspersing the movements of the mass with other liturgical elements, the programme interweaves six motets from the Romantic period. Three, by Anton Bruckner, are masterly settings, demonstrating huge harmonic inventiveness and dynamic range; three are melodic pieces by Giuseppe Verdi, one for female voices only, and all of which are highly personal works of profound beauty.
Unfortunately, for those who don’t already have tickets, the concert is sold out: any returns (£10; £5 for students; free for accompanied under-18s) will be made available at the Visitor Centre, Rosslyn Chapel from 7.00pm on the evening of the concert.