September 7 4.30pm / 16h30. Montreal Consort, director John Wiens 'Gaude Gloriosa''

Concert Review
Thank you to John Weins director and the singers of the Montreal Consort for yesterday's feast of choral polyphonic music “Gaude Gloriosa- music for a queen” 

The Magnificent anthem “Gaude Gloriosa” by Tomas Tallis, written in honour of the Virgin Mary during the catholic reign of Mary Tudor, is a masterpiece of soaring melodies and rich harmonies. “Quomodo Cantabimus”, the words of psalm 137 set by William Byrd was superbly performed by the consort evoking the spirit of lament and penitence in the repeated falling phrases.

The striking work “Memento Mei” by Haraldur Vignir Sveinbjörnsson played with the acoustics of the cathedral in a dark and mysterious blend of voices and harmonies in an ethereal musical painting so similar to the music of Tallis with which we started, and yet, separated by 450 years, so very different.

samedi 7 septembre 2013 / Saturday 7th September 
16h 30 / 4.30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal
Ste-Catherine / University. Metro McGill

Contribution volontaire  /  Freewill donation

Montreal Consort
conductor John Wiens presents

Byrd - Quomodo Cantabimus
Tallis - Gaude Gloriosa, Sancte Deus, In Ieiunio et Fletu
Sveinbjornsson - Memento Mei