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Mantova, The Tallis Scholars at the Basilica of S. Barbara, protagonists of the Christmas Concert of oficina ocm
The famous British vocal ensemble directed by the founder Peter Phillips performs as part of the 30th Season 'Tempo d'Orchestra'
Organizzato da: Oficina OCM – Associazione Orchestra da Camera di Mantova

Oficina OCM – Chamber Orchestra Association of Mantua Presents

“ Tempo d'Orchestra – 30th Concert Season 2022 – 11pm ”
TO Mantua, in the solemn scenery of the Basilica of Santa Barbara, oficina ocm Monday December 19, 2022 (20.45) proposes a Christmas concert not to be missed: the protagonist of the event will in fact be the legendary ensemble The Tallis Scholars, one of the most famous polyphonic groups in the world.

Founded in 1973 by Peter Phillips who directs it, the British ensemble is firmly established among the reference interpreters of early music. Active for almost half a century, The Tallis Scholars they performed in every part of the world, totaling over 2,300 concerts and no less than 50 record recordings, fully succeeding in their intention of bringing to the wider public a difficult and refined repertoire such as that of Renaissance sacred polyphony.

In Christmas concert to Mantua, The Tallis Scholars they will perform the Miss Puer natus of Thomas Tallis, sixteenth-century English composer from whom the group takes its name, active between London, Canterbury and the Court Chapel; the suggestive program is completed with some Christmas Gregorian chants, the Hi Regina for 8 voices by the Spanish master Tomás Luis de Victoria and three pieces of German Michael Praetorius, essays of his vast production of sacred music.

Venue of the concert, inserted in the 30th season 'Orchestra time', it will be magnificent Palatine Basilica of Santa Barbara, formerly the court church of the Gonzagas, which thanks to its architectural and acoustic characteristics enhances voices and music to the highest degree.


(The Tallis Scholars, photocredit ©Nick Rutter; Peter Phillips, photocredit ©Albert Roosenburg)    
Mantova, The Tallis Scholars at the Basilica of S. Barbara, protagonists of the Christmas Concert of oficina ocm

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The Tallis Scholars
Founded in 1973 by the director Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars is one of the most famous polyphonic groups on the international scene. He has held concerts all over the world, making ten tours in Japan. In Italy they have performed on occasions of absolute importance, such as the inauguration of Michelangelo's restored frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. In 1998, for their 25th anniversary, they performed a world premiere of Tavener dedicated to them, with Sting as narrator, then revived in 2000 in New York with Paul McCartney and in 2006 in Birmingham with Vanessa Redgrave. The recordings made for their label Gimell Records have received prestigious awards, including two Diapason d'Or and, in 1987, the Record of the Year for the recording of Missa Pange Lingua and Missa la sol fa re mi by Josquin. In 2021 they have completed the recording of all of Josquin's Masses; the last volume containing the Missa Hercules Dux Ferrarie, the Missa d'ung ultre amer and the Missa faysant regretz obtained the Early Music Award of Gramophone magazine and was awarded by BBC Music Magazine as recording of the year.  


The Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips director


Christmas Concert 2022

Christmas Gregorian chant
Inviolate intact
Thomas Tallis
Missa Puer natus (Gloria)
Christmas Gregorian chant
Hail Queen
Thomas Tallis
Missa Puer natus (Sanctus)
Christmas Gregorian chant
Virgo parens Christi
Thomas Tallis
Missa puer natus (Agnus dei)
Christmas Gregorian chant
O quam glorifica
Tomás Luis de Victoria
Hail Queen (a8)
Michael Praetorius
Magnificat v
Joseph lieber, Joseph mein
In dulci jubilee


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