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St John's Smith Square
Smith Square
City of Westminster



Gregorio AllegriMiserere


Nigel Short – Conductor


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Programme Note

Full programme
De Monte: Super flumina Babylonis
Anon.: Gregorian plainchant
Byrd: Quomodo cantabimus
MacMillan: Tenebrae factae sunt
Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah I
Allegri: Miserere, mei Deus
MacMillan: Tradiderunt me
Byrd: Ne irascaris
MacMillan: Jesum tradidit impius
Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah II
MacMillan: Miserere

Following the phenomenal success of its recent film of Allegri’s Miserere, mei Deus, Tenebrae presents this iconic work in a candlelit concert of Lenten reflections. Tallis’ exquisitely crafted Lamentations of Jeremiah are a heartfelt response to the destruction of Jerusalem – a theme which is echoed in Byrd’s Ne irascaris, Domine – and the concert also includes Phillipe de Monte’s setting of verses from Psalm 137 and Byrd’s direct response, Quomodo cantabimus. Sir James MacMillan’s settings of the Tenebrae Responsories, from which this award-winning choir takes its name, provide contrast and clarity in their searing harmonic language.

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