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Medieval Chant and Tallis Lamentations

A programme representing the daily duties of a singer in a Medieval English Cathedral from late afternoon until dusk. The hypnotic rhythm of antiphonal psalms, the familiarity of ancient hymns and the tranquillity of unaccompanied plainsong processions allow us to appreciate the beauty of this timeless music. Tallis’ intensely moving Lamentations of Jeremiah is programmed alongside medieval chant to highlight a stark contrast in style as one hears Tallis’ contrapuntal textures against the simplistic beauty of Gregorian chant.


John Sheppard: In manus tuas I
Plainchant: Hymn for Passion Sunday: Pange lingua gloriosi
Plainchant: Compline in Passiontide
John Sheppard: In manus tuas II
Thomas Tallis: Lamentations I
Plainchant: Responsory: In monte Oliveti
Thomas Tallis: Lamentations II
Plainchant: Responsory: Tristis est anima mea
Plainchant: Litany after Lauds, Maundy Thursday
William Blitheman: In pace in idipsum

Venue & Address:

Iglesia de Santa Lucía, Calle Daoiz y Velarde, 11, Santander, Spain


Nigel Short, Tenebrae Consort