Temple Winter Festival 2017 – The Tallis Scholars

Wednesday 13 December 2017 19:30

£15.00 — £40.00

Temple Winter Festival 2017

Wednesday 13 December, 7.30pm
Temple Church
£40, £35, £30, £15

The Tallis Scholars
Peter Philips director

Palestrina  Magnificat for Double Choir
Palestrina  Salve regina
Monteverdi  Messa a quattro voci da cappella 
H. Praetorius  Magnificat IV
Monteverdi  Adoramus te
Monteverdi  Domine, ne in furore
Monteverdi  Cantate domino
Palestrina  Virgo prudentissima
Isaac  Virgo prudentissima


There are two important 16th century anniversaries to celebrate this year: Monteverdi’s birth in 1567 and Isaac’s death in 1517. This programme aims to mark both, with a little help from Palestrina, who influenced the former and learnt from the latter. All the Monteverdi items were written in the prima prattica, which devolved from Palestrina’s style, though there are passages of harmonically-based expression which are all Monteverdi’s own. Our programme ends with Isaac’s ceremonial motet Virgo prudentissima, written in anticipation of Maximilian I’s coronation as Holy Roman Emperor. Isaac was a past master at this kind of grandeur, revelling in the massive sonorities he alone could create.


The Temple Winter Festival is presented by Hazard Chase in association with the Temple Music Foundation.