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Milan, the Christmas of the Quartet is with the Tallis Scholars
The prestigious British vocal group presents a program of music from the Renaissance to the present, inspired by the Virgin Mary
Organized by: Società del Quartetto di Milano

Society of the Milan Quartet Presents

“ Season 158 in Sala Verdi 2022 -23 ”
TO Milan and the Quartet Society to host the very famous British vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars, protagonist of the Christmas concert scheduled for Tuesday December 20, 2022 (8.30 pm) in the Verdi Room of the Conservatory

After a tour in the United States and Canada that has just ended, the group directed by Peter Phillips returns to Italy – where it boasts performances of absolute importance – for a brief appearance of only two dates (in addition to Milan, on Monday 19th they will be in Mantua): an opportunity to be absolutely seized to listen or listen again to a reference formation, which over the almost fifty years has performed all over the world with over 2300 concerts.

Defined as "rock star of Renaissance polyphony" from New York Times, The Tallis Scholars achieved the goal unimaginable decades ago, of making the vocal music of the Renaissance “popular”, also bringing the Masses of Palestrina, the Motets of Josquin, the sacred music of Gesualdo to the general public.

The concert of Tallis Scholars, proposed by Society of the Milan Quartet under the 158. Season in Sala Verdi, is dedicated to an anthology of songs in honor of the Madonna, "Hymns to the Virgin Mary", from the Renaissance to today.

The program presents an evocative musical journey, from the great composers of the sixteenth century, Orlando DiLasso, Francisco Guerrero, Josquin Desprez with the famous Miss Ave maris stella, atAve Maria of Igor Stravinsky, to contemporary pieces by Matthew Martin, English organist and composer, and of the great Arvo Pärt (virgencita, written in 2012 inspired by Our Lady of Guadalupe). The concert closes by returning to the early Renaissance with the splendid ceremonial motet Virgo very cautious of Heinrich Isaac.


(The Tallis Scholars, photocredit ©Nick Rutter)  
Milan, the Christmas of the Quartet is with the Tallis Scholars

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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


Hymns to the Virgin Mary

Orlando DiLasso
Alma redemptoris mater
Josquin Desprez
Miss Ave maris stella
Francisco Guerrero
Maria Magdalene and alter Maria
Ave virgo sanctissima
Matthew Martin
Igor Stravinsky
Bogoroditse Devo (Hail Mary)
Arvo Pärt
Heinrich Isaac
Virgo very cautious

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