The Virgin Mary was venerated in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance. As such, the feasts in honour of the Virgin, such as the Assumption, were marked with all due ceremony. Josquin composed the Missa de Beata virgine and motets such as Gaude virgo and Alma redemptoris mater / Ave regina for the Marian devotions. Vocal Ensemble Cappella will be singing from Tokyo, which is a first for Laus Polyphoniae. The concert will alternate polyphony and Gregorian chant. The artistic director, Tetsuro Hanai, studied in the Low Countries. Since 1997, he has devoted himself and his ensemble to Gregorian chants and sacred music by Franco-Flemish polyphonists including Guillaume Du Fay, Johannes Ockeghem and Josquin des Prez.
J. des Prez: Missa De beata virgine, Gaude virgo mater Christi, Alma redemptoris mater/Ave regina caelorum | gregoriaans: Gaudeamus omnes in Domino, Assumpta est Maria, Beatam me dicent, Ite missa
Naomi Hanai, Aya Kaburaki, Mikae Natsuyama, superius | Genki Sakurai, Yasunari Tomimoto, Kenichiro Watanabe, countertenor | Ichiro Negishi, Yutaka Oikawa, tenor | Yoshiki Tanimoto, bassus | Tetsuro Hanai, bassus & artistic director
Thursday 26 August 2021
Duration: 60 minutes