PUBLISHED AUGUST 2018 www.hopvine-music.com

Poster design: Roberta Catizone

 

 

HAYDN Insanae et Vanae Curae
PEARCE A Wreathèd Garland
McDOWALL Magnificat
MOZART Exultate Jubilate
VIVALDI Gloria

Vivaldi’s lively distillation of the Italian musical style had a strong influence upon his contemporaries, even those as exalted as Bach and Handel.  His setting of the Gloria provides a wonderful demonstration of this, ranging from the energetic repetitions of the opening, through lilting solo arias, to a rapt and expressive contemplation of the incarnation. This setting may have been intended for the all-female vocal and orchestral forces of the Pietà in 18th century Venice but it is ironic to note that, across the centuries, settings of liturgical texts have been almost entirely dominated by male composers—even that most feminine of lyrical outpourings, the Magnificat. Cecilia McDowall’s setting of this text, using much the same format and scoring as the Vivaldi work, therefore brings a new perspective to Mary’s song, expressing apprehension, balletic agility, maternal compassion, and radiant joy.

Our two soloists will perform solo works of sacred, non-liturgical texts: Malcolm Pearce’s settings of Jacobean metaphysical poet, George Herbert’s lyrics (familiar to many in hymns) and Mozart’s popular showpiece Exultate Jubilate, originally written for the castrato star of one of his early operas, but long since a firm favourite of sopranos and audiences alike.  To begin the programme, Haydn’s motet Insanae et Vanae Curae provides a dramatic choral overture  contrasting the turmoil of earthly life with the heavenly peace.  Since its arrival in the English church repertoire in the 19th century this piece has been affectionally lampooned by generations of choristers as ‘Insane and vain curates’!

 

Shakespeare with a Swing rehearsal by Imogen Foxell, May 2018

 

 

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Forthcoming performances 2019:

Thursday 24 January 1.30am
Harris Manchester College, Oxford

Performances

Saturday 1 December,
Banbury Choral Society and Oxford Sinfonia (chamber organ)

Sunday 9 December,
Deddington. Choros Advent Carols (organ)

Tuesday 16 December, 5pm
Oxford University Press.
OUP Choir Carols (conductor)

Thursday 20 December, 7.30pm at SJE Arts, Iffley Rd, Oxford. Handel 'Messiah' (chamber organ)