Renaissance and Baroque Passiontide Music from Rome and

Rodborough Parish Church

Church Place, Walkley Hill, Stroud

Saturday 27 March 2010

Directed by Philip Colls


Robert Dixon (organ)

In this programme, The Cappella Singers presented a Passiontide selection of sacred gems from the 17th and 18th centuries.

There were motets by Claudio Monteverdi (Christe, Adoramus te) and Carlo Gesualdo (O vos omnes); two beautiful plainsong melodies associated with Holy Week (Pange lingua dolorosa and Vexilla Regis); and two works by Gregorio Allegri: a little known setting of verses from The Lamentations of Jeremiah and Miserere mei, Deus - not the most well-known edition, but one believed by many to be more authentic.

The organist was Robert Dixon, Organ Scholar at Gloucester Cathedral, who played the Toccata Recercar chromatico and Toccata per l'Elevatione, both by Girolamo Frescobaldi, who lived in Rome at the same time as Gregorio Allegri.

The concert began and ended with choral settings of the Crucifixus - first Antonio Lotti's in eight parts and finally Antonio Caldara's in sixteen.

Refreshments during the interval were kindly organised by the Church



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