Quondam
Spanish Renaissance Choral Masterpieces
Conductor: Rupert Damerell
Music
9-10 Mar 2019
Quondam
Spanish Renaissance Choral Masterpieces
Conductor: Rupert Damerell
Music
9-10 Mar 2019

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Spanish Renaissance Choral Masterpieces
Conductor: Rupert Damerell
Music
9-10 Mar 2019
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Quondam
Spanish Renaissance Choral Masterpieces

An exquisite blending and interweaving of pure voices brings back the Spanish Golden Age. Quondam – Latin for ‘in another time’ – gathers together some of Spain and Europe’s finest exponents of Renaissance choral music, revealing a rare repertoire of three generations of composers from Seville, as well as the sumptuous requiem by the pre-eminent 16th century Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria.

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An exquisite blending and interweaving of pure voices brings back the Spanish Golden Age. Quondam – Latin for ‘in another time’ – gathers together some of Spain and Europe’s finest exponents of Renaissance choral music, revealing a rare repertoire of three generations of composers from Seville, as well as the sumptuous requiem by the pre-eminent 16th century Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria.

“Bringing back memories of other times” Diario de Ávila

“Pure voices and a detailed attention to tuning and blending” Melómano Digital
 
Vast riches from its conquest of the Americas led to an explosion of cultural activity in 16th century Spain—the Golden Age. Centred on its glorious cathedral, Seville became a leading centre of musical excellence and left the world with colourful, moving choral masterpieces.

Quondam’s first concert features three generations of Sevillian composers from this Golden Age: Cristóbal de Morales, Francisco Guerrero and Alonso Lobo. All started as cathedral choirboys, and all became maestros leading cathedral music in Spain. Morales and Guerrero had spent years working at the Papal Chapel in Rome, while all three composers wrote beautiful mass settings imbued with European aesthetics of their time. Rarely heard until its recent rescue from obscurity, Lobo’s sublime, polyphonous setting of the Book of Lamentations is a highlight of this programme.

A second concert showcases the genius of Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 – 1611). Considered his country’s greatest Renaissance composer and pre-eminent writer of church music, Victoria was Spain’s Palestrina, or England’s William Byrd. He spent his last years in Madrid at the court of the Empress Maria, for whose funeral the beguiling and sumptuous choral requiem Officium Defunctorum was written. Lobo’s motet Versa est in Luctum precedes it, composed for the funeral of Maria’s brother, King Phillip II of Spain.

Quondam – Latin for ‘in another time’ – gathers together some of Spain and Europe’s finest exponents of Renaissance choral music. As part of the early music institution Zenobia Música, this vocal ensemble is the leading participant of the project #18Victoria20 supported by the Spanish Patrimonio Nacional, committed to performing the complete cycle of Victoria’s masses between 2018 and 2020. Working closely with The Tallis Scholars, Quondam’s director Rupert Damerell is an acclaimed conductor, music festival organiser and multi-instrumentalist of the European early music scene.


Mar 9
Approx 1 hr 30 mins incl one interval

Mar 10
Approx 1 hr with no interval
Mar 9
Andalusian Masterpieces - Music from 16th century Seville
Cristóbal de Morales   
Regina Caeli a6    
Parce Mihi, Domine
Sancta et Immaculata

Francisco Guerrero
Kyrie – Missa “Sancta et Immaculata”
Surge Propera
Maria Magdelena

Alonso Lobo  
Agnus Dei – Missa “Maria Magdalena”
Lamentations
Ego Flos Campi

Francisco Guerrero
Ego Flos Campi


Mar 10
Victoria’s Officium Defunctorum 1605
Alonso Lobo
Versa est in Luctum

Tomás Luis de Victoria
Officium Defunctorum (1605)
Conducting and Singing Workshop with Quondam

Choral Conducting Workshop with Rupert Damerell:
Date: 9 Mar 2019(Sat)
Time: 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Choral Singing Workshop with Quondam:
Date: 11 Mar 2019(Mon)
Time: 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Venue: Methodist International Church, Hong Kong

In Enlgish

* Due to limited quota, if you are interested to be coached in the Conducting and Singing Workshop, please fill in the online application form including your qualification details for artist's reference. Successful candidates will be notified by email by 15 February 2019.

Introduction
“Bringing back memories of other times” Diario de Ávila

“Pure voices and a detailed attention to tuning and blending” Melómano Digital
 
Vast riches from its conquest of the Americas led to an explosion of cultural activity in 16th century Spain—the Golden Age. Centred on its glorious cathedral, Seville became a leading centre of musical excellence and left the world with colourful, moving choral masterpieces.

Quondam’s first concert features three generations of Sevillian composers from this Golden Age: Cristóbal de Morales, Francisco Guerrero and Alonso Lobo. All started as cathedral choirboys, and all became maestros leading cathedral music in Spain. Morales and Guerrero had spent years working at the Papal Chapel in Rome, while all three composers wrote beautiful mass settings imbued with European aesthetics of their time. Rarely heard until its recent rescue from obscurity, Lobo’s sublime, polyphonous setting of the Book of Lamentations is a highlight of this programme.

A second concert showcases the genius of Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 – 1611). Considered his country’s greatest Renaissance composer and pre-eminent writer of church music, Victoria was Spain’s Palestrina, or England’s William Byrd. He spent his last years in Madrid at the court of the Empress Maria, for whose funeral the beguiling and sumptuous choral requiem Officium Defunctorum was written. Lobo’s motet Versa est in Luctum precedes it, composed for the funeral of Maria’s brother, King Phillip II of Spain.

Quondam – Latin for ‘in another time’ – gathers together some of Spain and Europe’s finest exponents of Renaissance choral music. As part of the early music institution Zenobia Música, this vocal ensemble is the leading participant of the project #18Victoria20 supported by the Spanish Patrimonio Nacional, committed to performing the complete cycle of Victoria’s masses between 2018 and 2020. Working closely with The Tallis Scholars, Quondam’s director Rupert Damerell is an acclaimed conductor, music festival organiser and multi-instrumentalist of the European early music scene.


Mar 9
Approx 1 hr 30 mins incl one interval

Mar 10
Approx 1 hr with no interval
Programme
Mar 9
Andalusian Masterpieces - Music from 16th century Seville
Cristóbal de Morales   
Regina Caeli a6    
Parce Mihi, Domine
Sancta et Immaculata

Francisco Guerrero
Kyrie – Missa “Sancta et Immaculata”
Surge Propera
Maria Magdelena

Alonso Lobo  
Agnus Dei – Missa “Maria Magdalena”
Lamentations
Ego Flos Campi

Francisco Guerrero
Ego Flos Campi


Mar 10
Victoria’s Officium Defunctorum 1605
Alonso Lobo
Versa est in Luctum

Tomás Luis de Victoria
Officium Defunctorum (1605)
Plus
Conducting and Singing Workshop with Quondam

Choral Conducting Workshop with Rupert Damerell:
Date: 9 Mar 2019(Sat)
Time: 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Choral Singing Workshop with Quondam:
Date: 11 Mar 2019(Mon)
Time: 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Venue: Methodist International Church, Hong Kong

In Enlgish

* Due to limited quota, if you are interested to be coached in the Conducting and Singing Workshop, please fill in the online application form including your qualification details for artist's reference. Successful candidates will be notified by email by 15 February 2019.