RAVENNA FESTIVAL / I Theater of Voices streaming from Copenhagen

03 Jul 2020
RAVENNA FESTIVAL / I Theater of Voices streaming from Copenhagen Music


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The vocal ensemble Theater of Voices was expected in Ravenna on 23 and 24 June for two events of profound spiritual impact at the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Classense Library.

In the impossibility of performing live concerts, Ravenna Festival - in collaboration with Copenhagen Baroque Festival - still offers the opportunity to attend the performance of this precious vocal program by connecting on Friday 3 July at 9.30 pm to the free streaming on the ravennafestival.live website.
The concert, recorded at the Trinitatis Church of the the Danish capital last June 23 (on the day it was supposed to take place in Ravenna), will allow you to listen to songs by the favorite composer of Elizabeth I, William Byrd, and the Italian maestro Alfonso Ferrabosco, alongside the rhythmic mix of Michael Gordon, Pulitzer Prize in Music 2008.

The great English composer William Byrd (1540-1623) and the English of Italian origin Alfonso Ferrabosco “il Vec Chio ”belonged to the same generation and knew each other very well. In the concert streamed you can hear one of the "Lamentations" and the motet "Nuntium vobis" by Ferrabosco and a Fantasia for six violins by Byrd, specially arranged for voices. The Latin motet "Laudibus in sanctis" will also be performed by Byrd, a witness of his Catholic faith, which was also maintained during the delicate transition between the kingdoms of Maria Tudor and Elizabeth I.
"A Western" by Michael Gordon is instead a virtuous fantasy commissioned by The Theater of Voices and based on the 1950s film "Mezzogiorno di fuoco" with Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly.

Known for its versatility and timbre refinement, the Theater of Voices ensemble, founded in London by Paul Hillier and then raised in the United States, is undoubtedly one of the most sought after interpreters of new music, and not only in the purely concert arena, as demonstrated by the fact that two of his members performed Arvo Pärt's "My Heart's in the Highlands" as soundtrack of the film "The great beauty".

Their flexible ability to move between the sixteenth-century sacred polyphony of London of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and the profane eclecticism required by the composers of the current scene New Yorker is one of the most fascinating aspects of the voices of Else Torp and Kate Macoboy (soprano), Miles Lallemant (countertenor), Jakob Skjoldborg (tenor) and Jakob Bloch Jespersen (bass). The ensemble recently celebrated thirty years of activity.

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