Carnegie Hall Presents

Early Music Vocal

Great vocal ensembles from around the world present masterpieces from the Renaissance and Baroque as part of the Before Bach focus. Pomerium sings spiritually and dramatically charged works written for the Tudor queens of England, while the internationally lauded TallisScholars perform music by Renaissance giants Josquin des Prez and William Byrd. The spirited ensemble I Fagiolini serves a spicy meal of French, Italian, Spanish, and German madrigals and songs that span the Renaissance to the early Baroque.
April 9, 2015
April 18, 2015
The Tallis Scholars
April 25, 2015
I Fagiolini


Music for the Tudor Queens

Weill Recital Hall
Thursday, April 9, 2015 | 7:30 PM


Alexander Blachly, Director


For Mary Tudor (reigned 1553–1558):
TALLIS "Te lucis ante terminum"
TALLIS "Salvator mundi"
TALLIS Gloria: Missa Puer natus est nobis
SHEPPARD "In manus tuas Domine"
TALLIS Sanctus: Missa Puer natus est nobis
R. WHITE "Regina caeli laetare"
TALLIS Agnus Dei: Missa Puer natus est nobis
For Elizabeth I (reigned 1558–1603):
BYRD "Christe, qui lux es et dies"
TALLIS "In jejunio et fletu"
TALLIS "Derelinquat impius"
BYRD "O lux, beata Trinitas"
BYRD WILLIAM BYRD "In resurrectione Tua"
Reminiscences of the 16th Century:
PURCELL Fantasy Upon One Note, Z. 745 (set to text by Richard Crashaw)
PURCELL Fantasy No. 7 in C Minor, Z. 738 (set to text by John Donne)

BYRD "Haec Dies"
Pomerium, “a driving force for performances of Renaissance polyphony” (The Washington Post), sings music from the reigns of Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I, one of the most turbulent periods in English history. Composers at Mary Tudor’s court wrote music that was stunningly ornate, based on chants grounded in Catholic liturgy. Elizabeth I outlawed Catholicism and favored a leaner style, but much brilliant music was written during her reign. Ecstatic motets and ethereal movements from the Mass, including sections from Tallis’s elaborate Missa Puer natus est nobis, are featured.

Part of Salon Encores.


Orlando De Lassus's Ave Verum Corpus

Old Hall Recordings

The Tallis Scholars

Weill Recital Hall
Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 7:30 PM


The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips, Conductor


JOSQUIN "Gaude virgo"
JOSQUIN Missa Pange lingua
BYRD "Cunctis diebus"
BYRD "Gaudeamus omnes"
BYRD "Timete Dominum"
BYRD "Iustorum animae"
BYRD "Beati mundo corde"
BYRD "Diliges Dominum"
BYRD "Tribue Domine"

GUTIÉRREZ DE PADILLA Deus in adiutorium meum
Touchstones of Franco-Flemish and English Renaissance sacred music are heard on this concert. Renowned throughout Renaissance Europe, Josquin des Prez’s fame grew so much that eventually he was simply referred to by his first name. Josquin’s Missa Pange lingua, one of his last Mass settings, was built upon a chant melody that evolves into richly sonorous sound. Byrd’s brilliant Latin motets display his tremendous inventiveness and superb gift for setting text.

Part of Salon Encores.


"Agnus Dei" from Josquin Des Prez's Missa Pange Lingua

The Tallis Scholars | Peter Phillips, Conductor
Gimell Records

I Fagiolini

Insalata I Fagiolini

Weill Recital Hall
Saturday, April 25, 2015 | 7:30 PM


I Fagiolini
Robert Hollingworth, Director


SENFL "Das Gläut zu Speyer"

JANEQUIN "Or vien ca, vien, m'amye"
SANDRIN "Puisque vivre en servitude"
PHINOT "Plorez, mes yeulx"
LE JEUNE "Un gentil amoureux"
JANEQUIN "Le chant des oiseaux"

Tapas y ensalada
ANON. "Claros y frescos rios"
VÁSQUEZ "'Serrana dónde dormistes"
FLECHA "Teresica hermana"
FLECHA "El fuego"

Primo piatto
LASSUS "S’io esca vivo"
RORE "Mia benigna fortuna"
STRIGGIO "D’ogni gratia e d’amor"
WERT "Ascendente Jesu in naviculam"

CROCE "Il gioco dell'Occa"

MONTEVERDI "Sfogava con le stelle"
MONTEVERDI "Volgea l’anima mia soavemente"
MONTEVERDI "Longe da te, cor mio"
MONTEVERDI "Anima mia, perdona"

SENFL "Das Gläut zu Speyer"
With a program title that translates to mean “The Little Beans,” vocal ensemble I Fagiolini presents a meal fit for a king, seasoned with the group’s signature blend of vocal mastery, theatricality, and flawless technique. The program of madrigals, chansons, and ensaladas—songs with mixtures of languages and rhythms, written as entertainments for the Valencian court—had The Guardian raving, “Bean salads rarely come as good as this … For all the humor, the program worked beautifully because of the deadly serious musicianship that is I Fagiolini’s gold standard.”

Part of Salon Encores.


Monteverdi's "Vago augelletto"

I Fagiolini | Robert Hollingworth, Director
Metronome Recordings Ltd