Tenebrae: Brahms and Bruckner Motets

7.30pm Friday, 24th September 2021

Of the major 19th century composers who largely refrained from composing in the motet style, Brahms and Bruckner are significant exceptions. Though both Brahms and Bruckner’s motets are inconceivable without the influence of the 16th and 17th centuries, they are nonetheless idiomatic to the composers’ styles.

Seamlessly entwining old and new this programme, devised from the BBC Music Magazine award-winning album, showcases these masterpieces of the sacred style in the 19th century.


Nigel Short Director

Programme to include:

Bruckner Locus iste, WAB 23
  Virga Jesse, WAB 52
  Os justi, WAB 30
Brahms Fest- und Gedenksprüche, Op. 109
Rheinberger Mass for double choir in E-flat major, Op. 109
Bruckner Ave Maria, WAB 6
  Tota pulchra es, WAB 46
  Christus factus est, WAB 11
Brahms Ave Maria, Op. 12
  Drei motetten, Op. 110
  Geistliches Lied, Op. 30
Rheinberger Abendlied, Op. 69, No. 3
Bruckner Ecce sacerdos magnus, WAB 13

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

‘Nigel Short and Tenebrae have come up with a beautifully balanced and contrasted programme...What superb singing: technically immaculate, somehow lucid and voluptuously beautiful at the same time.’ BBC Music Magazine

Ticket Price: Quire (No view of performance) £9
  Nave Aisles   £18
  Central Nave B, A (A is front half of Nave) £30, £36

The wearing of face coverings is strongly encouraged at this concert.