Ithaca College Concerts
|Thursday, February 28, 2008|
8:15 p.m., Ford Hall
The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by Peter Phillips, their tireless and inspirational Oxford-educated director. Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, through good tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound that he feels best serves the Renaissance repertoire, thus allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. It is the resulting beauty of sound for which the Tallis Scholars have become so widely renowned.
They have established themselves as leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music through their approximately 70 concerts per year and over 50 award-winning recordings on the Gimmel label. They are among the busiest ensembles in the world, with regular tours throughout Europe, North and South America, and the Far East. Their annual concerts have consistently received rave reviews and drawn capacity crowds.
The group continues to commission living composers and gave the world premieres of two works written for 40 voices, "I have thee by the hand, O Man" by Robin Walker and "When the wet wind sings" by Errollyn Wallen. In January 2006, they premiered Sir John Tavener's "Tribute to Cavafy" (the full realization of "In the Month of Athyr," the work he wrote for their 25th anniversary), narrated by Vanessa Redgrave.
Their two latest discs, respectively featuring the music of John Browne and Francisco Guerrero have received exceptional reviews, with the former being nominated for a Grammy.
Program: "Music of Spain and Portugal"
Manuel Mendes: Asperges me (a 8)
Manuel Cardoso: Lamentations
Duarte Lobo: Pater peccavi
Duarte Lobo: Audivi vocem
Diogo Diaz Melgas: Ajuva nos
Diogo Diaz Melgas: Domine hominem
Manuel Cardoso: Magnifica Secundi Toni
Tomas Luis da Victoria: Requiem (a 6)
Individual tickets go on sale February 6, 2008. Programs are subject to change.
More information about the Tallis Scholars may be found at the group's official website:
The Tallis Scholars