ORA Singers presents a programme of Miserere settings by masterful composers from the Renaissance and the modern day, showing the influence of Mercy for so many choral writers. The programme begins with arguably the most famous Miserere setting of all, by Gregorio Allegri, renowned for its association with Ash Wednesday at the Sistine Chapel and for its infamous treble top C. Further Miserere settings come from the joint Fathers of English Musick, William Byrd and Thomas Tallis, and the concert ends with the modern-day Miserere masterpiece by James MacMillan. A mystery world premiere by a German composer completes this short, but powerful, hour-long concert.
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Gregorio Allegri - Miserere Mei
William Byrd - Vigilate (from Cantiones Sacrae 1589)
William Byrd - Miserere mihi Domine (from Cantiones Sacrae 1575)
William Byrd - Civitas et sanctis (from Cantiones Sacrae 1589)
Anon - Ecce quomodo moritur
Thomas Tallis - Miserere Nostri
Commission - Reflection on Tallis Miserere *+
William Byrd - Laudibus in sanctis (from Cantiones Sacrae 1591)
William Byrd - Miserere Mei, Deus (from Cantiones Sacrae 1591)
William Byrd - Plorans plorabit (from Gradualia I 1605)
James MacMillan - Miserere
* Denotes an ORA Singers commission
+ Denotes a world premiere performance