20.01.2022

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”(Romans 12:2) - these words are the basis of Krists Auznieks' new work Sensus. The truly meaningful things and events are the ones that change us, renew the mind, and bring light into our lives.

In the programs of sacred chants, there is always a conversation between the music of composers of different ages. In the concert to be held on the 18th of February, Kaspars Putniņš will lead the choir in building bridges between the 16th century, German romanticism, and contemporary Latvian and English composers’ music. The concert will feature the Renaissance genius Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli that was a savior for the position of polyphonic and originally composed music in the Western church. The mass was written around 1563 when a large part of the Council of Trent was rallying against polyphonic original church music, because it was said to often be too self-serving, based on melodies of popular songs, and without profound respect for the holy scripture. However, after hearing Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli, it became clear that such beauty cannot be banned, the composers themselves are at fault as they should “not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Harmonizing with the parts of Palestrina’s mass, we shall hear Johannes Brahms’ solemn cycle of three motets with Bible verses Fest und Gedenksprüche, in which one can hear echoes from 16th century Venetian polyphony movement, as well as the prominent English musicologist, writer, and reviewer for the Gramophone magazine, composer and conductor Ivan Moody’s sacred choral works. Moody studied composition under John Tavener, and his creative work has been influenced by Russian and Gregorian chants. The composer is also a vicar for the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

 

 

 

The Latvian Radio Choir continues the Sacred Chants concert cycle