Our concert begins with three Responsori of Holy Week of Roman composer Bonifazio Graziani (1604-1664).
These are set for SATB choir and continuo. We welcome four guest singers from St Paul church choirs in joining the ensemble for this first part of our concert. Welcome Adelia Chrysler, Laura Potratz, Chuck Watt, Andrew De Young.
In between each Responsoria, the First and Second lessons of matins (from Lamentations) are sung by solo voices accompanied by a full continuo. These are Motets of Giacomo Carissimi that Garrick Comeaux transcribed from messy manuscripts.
Then follows a setting of Miserere Psalm 51 by the Northern Italian composer, Biagio Marini (1594-1663).
Set for two violins and SATB choir and continuo, this early print publication (entitled The Tears of David from 1665 in Venice) contains four settings of the Latin Psalm text. We will perform the fourth setting which is the largest and most stunning of all.
We will conclude our concert program with Bach’s magnificent Motet Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227.