At the foot of the cross is about the Virgin Mary’s pain and suffering on witnessing the death of her son.
Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater is his heart-rending endeavour to look her pain right in the eye and express it in a long and subtly shifting play of sound. As the programme slowly builds up to this understated work, it is wonderful to hear the refined, slow laments from Franco-Flemish polyphony and medieval drones re-emerging in the Estonian ascetic’s music. Apparently, old beauty never dies.
Arvo Pärt, Anoniem, Gregoriaans, Perotinus, Guillaume de Machaut, Johannes Ockeghem, Josquin des Prez, Martin Smolka
INTRO (in Dutch) David Burn - 19:45
Cappella Mariana & Goeyvaerts String Trio
The Prague-based vocal ensemble Cappella Mariana previously performed in Leuven at the ‘Passie van de Stemmen’ (Voices of Passion) festival. The group is renowned world-wide for their performances of music of the 15th and 16th centuries. This new concert programme links this familiar repertoire with more recent and even brand-new sacred music from eastern Europe.
For the pieces by Pärt and Smolka, Cappella Mariana will join forces with the Goeyvaerts String Trio, who have made purity of sound and intonation their trademark.