In celebration of our 50th year, the ANU School of Music is proud to present The Sixteen, one of the world’s greatest vocal ensembles.
The Sixteen's concert programme is entitled ‘The Queen of Heaven’ and features a stunning new version of Allegri’s famous Miserere alongside James MacMillan’s own setting of the text and glorious choral music by Palestrina.
Founder and Conductor Harry Christophers says ‘I have decided to look at the music of three composers who, although separated by centuries, are unique in their devotion to the church. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is often billed as ‘The Prince of Music’ and by some ‘The Saviour of Church Music’; of course there are many great composers of the Renaissance, but Palestrina shines out for his immaculate craftsmanship and his sheer output. Today’s ‘Saviour of Church Music’ is undoubtedly James MacMillan, a composer with whom The Sixteen has had a long and empathetic association.’
‘His setting of the Miserere is quite an astounding work, one which I guarantee will have you on the edge of your seat.
I could not resist the opportunity to contrast MacMillan’s powerfully emotional setting with that of Gregorio Allegri. Allegri’s Miserere is the single most famous piece of sacred music ever written. However, mythology surrounds it and, in this concert, we aim to portray its evolution.’
'immaculately performed… their diction crystal-clear, their intonation faultless.’ (The Guardian)
'…the MacMillan, his setting of Psalm 51, which harks back to Allegri's… overwhelmed' (The Times)
'The Sixteen's Palestrina… may just be a classic in the making’ (Gramophone)
The Queen of Heaven
plainsong Regina caeli
PALESTRINA Kyrie from Missa Regina caeli
MACMILLAN Dominus dabit benignitatem (from The Strathclyde Motets)
PALESTRINA Improperium exspectavit cor meum
MACMILLAN Videns Dominus (from The Strathclyde Motets)
PALESTRINA Stabat Mater a 8
PALESTRINA Regina caeli a 8
PALESTRINA Vineam meam non custodivi (from Song of Songs)
MACMILLAN O radiant dawn (from The Strathclyde Motets)
PALESTRINA Pulchrae sunt genae tuae (from Song of Songs)
PALESTRINA Agnus Dei I-III from Missa Regina caeli