The Voice of the Turtle Dove
The Choral Pilgrimage 2014 starts tonight in Cambridge, and moves on to Oxford tomorrow. As Harry has written: ‘For this year’s tour, I have returned to our grass roots to focus on the music of three exceptional Tudor composers. I am delighted to revisit a work we last performed at our first-ever concert and I recall the amazing review we had for it – “not only was the sound of the choir a revelation but so too was the music”. The critic was referring to William Mundy’s monumental work Vox patris caelestis, the text of which comes from the Song of Songs. It is full of pictorial imagery with such phrases as “Arise, my dove, my fair one” and “the voice of the turtle dove” to revel in.’
Full details of the programme and the tour are here. Returns at the door only tonight in Cambridge; there are a few tickets still left for Oxford tomorrow: call 01865 305305.
Harry will be talking about The Voice of the Turtle Dove tour on Classic FM on Sunday afternoon during Charlotte Green’s Culture Show between 15.00 and 17.00.
In the week when The Sixteen’s new release of Volume II of Bach’s Lutheran Masses (COR16120) goes straight into the classical charts, there’s a chance to hear Harry talking about Bach’s motets on WGBH Boston. The programme includes The Sixteen’s recording of Jesu, Meine Freude. The discussion with Brian McCreath previews performances of the Motets Harry will give with the Handel and Haydn Society chorus on 14 and 16 March at NEC’s Jordan Hall. The concerts also feature some great works by William Byrd. Tickets are available here.
And the remaining tickets for the first two of The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage concerts in 2014 (Cambridge on 21 March and Oxford on 22 March) are available from the National Centre for Early Music.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Handel’s Messiah is one of our most popular recordings. Harry assembled a brilliant cast, with Carolyn Sampson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Mark Padmore and Christopher Purves.
For a limited period, iTunes is offering the complete recording for a special price of £7.99. The offer ends on 16 March. You can download the complete recording – or individual favourite tracks – here.
“What a winning combination: Handel’s Messiah, the most popular oratorio ever written, sung by The Sixteen, the most richly sonorous of the early music choirs” The Daily Telegraph
iTunes special offer
Tonight at 20.00
Great airtime today on BBC Radio 3 for two of our CORO recordings. Two tracks from The Voice of the Turtle Dove (COR16119: CD available here; download available here) were played by Andrew McGregor at the beginning of CD Review: you can listen on the BBC iPlayer (not available in all territories) here.
Composer Roxanna Panufnik introduced Saturday Classics, a tribute to her father Andrzej in the centenary anniversary of his birth. She surveyed the whole sweep of Polish music history, including a track from our Pekiel recording (COR16110: CD available here; download available here). It’s a fascinating programme, and well worth a listen. Roxanna is, of course, a remarkable talent in her own right. We were pleased a few years ago to commission her with funds made available by the Genesis Foundation for a work based on the famous Padre Pio prayer: see COR16071.
Concert in Paris
Harry and the choir are en route to Paris for a concert tonight in the Musée d’Orsay. The programme is of music by Sheppard, Davy and Mundy, as will be heard throughout the UK on our Choral Pilgrimage tour this year. So, if you can’t be in Paris this evening, there are 30+ opportunities to hear this repertoire, starting in Cambridge on 21 March: the full tour details are here. Our new recording of The Voice of the Turtle Dove (COR 16119) went straight into the charts at no. 4 last week, the week of its release. The full recording is also now available – in four formats including top-quality ALAC and FLAC lossless - from our digital download site.