Les Lumières de Ténebrèbres
Friday, 26 June at 10.00 pm
These are archived details from 2009 – current details are also available.
Leçons de Ténèbres of Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Amongst Charpentier’s most beautiful sacred compositions are his extensive Leçons de Ténèbres. Part of the dramatic Office of Ténèbrae celebrated on each of the last three days before Easter, the Leçons have their basis in the Gregorian ‘tonus lamentationis’. The emotionally charged texts of the Lamentations attributed to the prophet Jeremiah (famously set by the English composer Thomas Tallis) are here given the full French baroque treatment.
This concert is given with the support of a bequest from the late Eileen Skinner