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PIAF - Striggio and Tallis: Music in 40 parts

posted 20 Dec 2011, 06:45 by Thomas Friberg   [ updated 28 Dec 2011, 07:18 ]
7:30pm Monday 27 February, Perth Concert Hall

The St George's Cathedral Consort will join Brittish group I Fagiolini as part of the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) in 2012. Highlights include Spem in Alium by Tallis which will be sung with one person for each of the piece's forty polyphonic parts.

From the PIAF website:

Immerse your senses in a haunting, illuminating and mesmeric concert by polyphonic masters I Fagiolini, the only early music group ever awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's Ensemble Prize.

Thought lost for 400 years, Alessandro Striggio's Mass in 40 Parts is believed to have inspired Thomas Tallis' seminal Spem in Alium. Involving five groups of voices and instruments, textures from 40 individual parts are woven into a stirring sonic matrix before rising spectacularly into 60 parts for a grand finale.

Fresh from their acclaimed Decca recording of Striggio and Tallis, I Fagiolini led by director Robert Hollingworth join with St George's Cathedral Consort Choir for this exceptional evening of 16th-century Renaissance music.

Striggio Mass in 40 Parts
Tallis Spem in Alium
Works by Willaert, Lassus, Palestrina, Gabrieli, Victoria and Gibbons

Artist Talk Mon 27 Feb, 6.30pm pre-show (Free to ticket holders)