Anniversary concert

16:00, Saturday, 17 september 2016
Dorpskerk, Kalverstraat 1, Ouderkerk aan den IJssel (map)

Entrance: donation

On 17 September 17, Cappella Gabrieli is putting on an anniversary concert in the village church in Ouderkerk aan den IJssel. An anniversary, because the choir is celebrating 30 years and because this is the fifth time that the choir will perform in Ouderkerk.

To celebrate, Cappella Gabrieli will premiere a new piece by ‘resident composer’ Joop Voorn: the Petrarca madrigals. Voorn has beautifully set three poems from the Canzone alla Vergine (Song to the Virgin Mary) by Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374) to music. Each poem begins with the title Virgine, followed by an adjective: bella, pura and santa. Voorn makes entensive use of chromaticism to capture the intimacy of Petrarch's verse.

The choir will sing works by Frei Manuel Cardoso (1566-1650) and Alonso Lobo (1555-1617). Cardoso’s Missa Pro Defunctis dates back to 1625. Its text handling and use of dissonance derives from Palestrina’s style, but his mass also betrays Monteverdi’s (1567-1643) influence.

The Radio4 programme Tussen Hemel en Aarde van 21 augustus (36:19) broadcast the Kyrie from the Missa Pro Defunctis - the Tallis Scholars’ recording. Note: the concert is not in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, as Lex Bohlmeijer announced, but in Ouderkerk aan den IJssel.

You can also hear an example of Cardoso’s music in the 16 March broadcast of the Radio 4 program Passaggio (32’45), which highlights on Cappella Gabrieli’s 19 and 20 March. Finally, the choir will peform Lobo’s best known work: Versa est in luctum, written on the occasion of the death of Philip II, king of Spain and Portugal.


Joop Voorn (1932):
Vergine bella (premiere)
Vergine pura (premiere)
Vergine sancta (premiere)

Frei Manuel Cardoso (1566 - 1650):
Missa pro defunctis

Alonso Lobo (1555 - 1617):
Versa est in luctum