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February 10, 2004

REVIEW

The Scotsman

Harry Christophers’ vocal ensemble the Sixteen kicked off their 2004 UK pilgrimage in Edinburgh last night with A Golden Age - a fascinating programme of music written in Portugal during the 17th and 18th centuries. As royal composer and chapelmaster in Lisbon, Domenico Scarlatti brought the Italian traditions from Rome as well as absorbing the local music. His Stabat Mater is one of the most beautiful and dramatic works in the repertoire and it sounded glorious in the cathedral’s acoustics. It’s a forward thinking work, with its adventurous chromaticism and intricate vocal layers, and Christophers’ ability to bring out the mellifluous middle parts helped reinforce these luxurious textures. More

Posted by acapnews at February 10, 2004 8:53 AM

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