Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Visions and Revelations of the Miraculous

llumination from the Liber Scivias showing Hildegard receiving a vision and dictating to her scribe and secretary
llumination showing Hildegard
receiving a vision and dictating
to her scribe and secretary
Following on from their Britten centenary concert (see my review), Londinium and their conductor Andrew Griffiths are exploring visions of the miraculous in a concert on Friday 22 March at St Mary at Hill, Eastcheap, London EC3R 8EE, with a varied collection of settings from the Book Revelation and other mystical texts. There's music by a wide collection of composers including Jonathan Harvey, Hildegard of Bingen, Messiaen, Stravinsky, Ned Rorem, James MacMillan, Peter Phillips, Tallis and Byrd. Plus the 'luscious Messiaen tinged' Hildegard Triptych from American composer Frank Ferko whose twin inspirations are Messiaen and Hildegard. Also, in what looks like a very full, action packed programme, there will be performances of a sequence of Lassus' Prophetiae Sibyllarum, his remarkable chromatic settings of 16th century prophecies. Further information from Londinium's website.

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