La Nuova Musica: Leçons des ténèbres

Monday 8 June, 8.30pm (2015)

PRICE: £15 unreserved

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Lucy Crowe soprano
Elizabeth Watts soprano
Bojan Cicic violin
Sabine Stoffer violin
Jonathan Rees viola da gamba
David Bates director/organ

Couperin Leçons des ténèbres

Couperin’s Leçons des ténèbres (Lessons from Tenebrae) was originally presented in the Parisian Abbey de Longchamp. Performed by the operatic stars of the day, it fused the dramatic and the devotional.

Using wild and emotive biblical texts describing Jerusalem’s desolation and sumptuous harmonies, the piece was the centrepiece of the Christian service of Tenebrae, a night-time service in which candles are gradually extinguished, plunging the church into darkness.

In this late-evening performance Associate Artists La Nuova Musica are joined by renowned sopranos Lucy Crowe and Elizabeth Watts for a sensitive and intimate performance in the haunting surroundings of Village Underground.

Post-concert meet the artists

Following the performance meet La Nuova Musica’s director David Bates and hear more about the piece

Approximate end time: 10.00pm

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