PEACE

DO NOT REPINE FAIR SUN

In 1617, James VI of Scotland (I of England) made what was to be his first and last visit to his homeland, as part of an affair now known as the Scottish Progress. In collaboration with Phantasm, one of the world’s leading viol consorts, we commemorate the 400th anniversary of this extraordinary historical episode.

GIBBONS

Phantasm

Viol Consort
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SORROW

ST MATTHEW PASSION

When Bach composed his setting of the passion narrative from Matthew’s gospel for the Good Friday liturgy at Leipzig’s Thomaskirche in 1729, he could scarcely have imagined the universal connection that it was to make with musicians and audiences across the world. Even in the secular age, its relevance and impact are no less arresting.

JS BACH

GLASGOW
PERTH
EDINBURGH

PASSION

Love's Fire, Love's Ashes

Claudio Monteverdi’s madrigals are a theatre of the senses. The murmur of the waves, an amorous glance, the coolness of water or the heat of the sun are all brought to life through the composer’s unparalleled gift for marrying text and music. This programme aims to showcase the ravishing beauty of these madrigals, as well as their expressive scope: profound darkness and blinding light; searing grief and amorous rapture. Like Shakespeare or Leonardo, there is a fresh twinkle to Monteverdi’s genius each time you look. This is music to stir the passions and move the soul, and – as the composer explicitly desired – to make us feel and know more vividly both the pain and pleasure of being alive.

MONTEVERDI

ABERDEEN
EDINBURGH
SHETLAND
BATH

Bach Christmas Oratorio

Introducing our new recording of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

John Butt applies his extensive knowledge of Bach’s performing practices to present the range of choral scoring that Bach seems to have used in the Christmas Oratorio, realizing something of the implications of the composer’s performing conditions and decisions.

This recording features some free downloadable content. Don’t forget to download alongside your purchase!