"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Friday, July 17, 2015
A HYMN OF HEAVENLY BEAUTY
A HYMN OF
at the Thaxted Festival
welcome return from Tenebrae brought this year's Festival to a
only for the rain drumming on the roof in the opening Lassus, but
also for sublime performances from their broad repertoire, including
some of the Russian music which is at the heart of their new touring
programme – even the encore was a Rachmaninov: Тебе
his Liturgy of St John Chrysostom.
was represented on his home turf by the Ave Maria and Nunc Dimittis,
heard Tavener's popular Song for Athene, and
Harris's wonderful Faire is the Heaven brought the advertised
programme to a magnificent close.
also gave us two of their signature works, the Crucifixus
Antonio Lotti, and Allegri's incomparable Miserere. Performed, as
were many of the evening's offerings, using the architecture of
Thaxted's famous church to full advantage.