Friday, 1 July 2011

Vespers from the Golden Age of Spain

Speaking of the Birmingham Oratory, here is a short video taken surreptitiously by a member of the audience at a concert given in the Oratory on 15 June 2011 by the superb early music group Ex Cathedra, whose Director is Jeffrey Skidmore.

From the advertisement:
"The Siglo de Oro, or Golden Age of Spain gave  us some of world’s finest art. It is a period which encompassed the career of Tomás Luis de Victoria, perhaps the greatest of all Iberian composers.  To mark the 400th anniversary of his death, this concert recreates a Vespers sequence with sublime settings by Victoria for one, two and three choirs.  The gold and marble splendour of the Oratory, lit by candlelight as daylight fades outside, helps create a spellbinding atmosphere." 

The acoustics at the Oratory are known to be excellent, and many recordings have been made here.  Enjoy, and once again thank you to the cameraman (or camerawoman!)