Conductor Nigel Short
Medieval Chant & Polyphony
This programme of chant and Tudor polyphony represents the daily duties of a singer in a Medieval English Cathedral from late afternoon until dusk. The hypnotic rhythm of antiphonal psalms, the familiarity of ancient hymns and the tranquillity of unaccompanied plainsong processions allow us to appreciate the beauty of this timeless music. Intensely moving Lamentations of Jeremiah by Thomas Tallis (1505–1585), the Master of English polyphony, is programmed alongside medieval chant to highlight a stark contrast in style as one hears Tallis’ contrapuntal textures against the simplistic beauty of Gregorian plainchant.