Britten Sinfonia & The Sixteen
Harry Christophers conductor
James MacMillan Miserere
Tallis Why fumeth in sight
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
James MacMillan Stabat Mater
The centuries-old poem,‘Stabat Mater’, gives voice to a mother’s despair at the unimaginable suffering and death of her son. James MacMillan’s setting is ‘a sustained exploration of sorrow that has unlocked some of his most powerfully moving and bittersweet writing … from the numbed, almost terrifying, grief evoked by the orchestra in the opening part through to the radiance of the vision of paradise at its close’ (Classical Source).
To complete the evening, Vaughan Williams’s famous Fantasia is paired with the music of Tallis that inspired it.
Presented in association with Ely Cathedral
‘Its stark but searing beauty is brilliantly illuminated by the powerfully nuanced voices of The Sixteen and the poetically rich accompaniment of the Britten Sinfonia, by turns cosseting and excoriating.’ Classical Ear, on MacMillan Stabat Mater