Coming Soon in 2018...
Good Friday Musical Meditation
Friday 30 March, 5.30pm
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 369 Given Terrace, Paddington
$30 / $22 - tickets available at the door or through 4MBS.
We depart from the polyphony of our recent Good Friday offerings and present the searing, intense Seven Last Words from the Cross, by Scottish composer James MacMillan, written for choir and strings. This powerful work conveys Christ’s final utterances, combined with other liturgical texts, and has been described as spellbinding and achingly expressive.
The programme commences with Renaissance master Tomas Luis de Victoria's Ecce Quomodum Moritur Justus, which sets the scene for the texts that follow. Margaret Connolly leads an accomplished ensemble of string players under the baton of Emily Cox, and we are grateful for the artistic direction of Anatoly Frusin in this event.
Off-street parking is available in the church car park on Herbert Street. Tickets will be available at the door from 5.00pm.
This lovely recording from 2016 includes the following repertoire, and was recorded to mark our 21st year as an ensemble.
For full texts and translations and the digital CD booklet, please go to the link at the bottom of the "Luminescence" page via the "Buy CD Online" button below.
Keren Terpstra (Australia) Light
Joseph Twist (Australia) Ubi Caritas
Phillip Gearing (Australia) Only the Light
Frederik Sixten (Sweden) The Fleeing Child is Jesus
Morten Lauridsen (USA) Sure on this shining night
Paul Mealor (UK) Ubi Caritas
Arvo Part (Estonia) 7 Magnificat Antiphons
David Hamilton (New Zealand) Ecce Beatam Lucem
Giselle Wyers (USA) The Waking
Randall Thompson (USA) Choose something like a star
Ola Gjeilo (Norway) Ubi Caritas
Eriks Esenvalds (Latvia) Stars
What people are saying about Canticum...
About Lagrime di San Pietro, Good Friday Musical Meditation, 2017
"What a professional group! We could put you in a concert hall in Paris or Milan and you wouldn't be out of place."
Audience member, 2017
About Women of the Pieta, Brisbane Baroque Festival, 2016
"a delightful part of the Brisbane Baroque Festival, well conceived and planned and superbly executed. As has been my previous experience, Emily draws out the best from Canticum, and on this occasion the women of the choir sang with precision and warmth. It was an interesting experience to hear the women sing Vivaldi in 4 voices – it was a delicate and rich but no less strong sound quite different from that produced by men singing the bass and tenor lines"
Canticum Follower, 2016
About Northern Light, Southern Star, 2015
"Attended afternoon concert by Canticum Chamber Choir - the last words of the James Agee poem "sure on this shining night I weep for wonder" is as good a description of their luminescent singing as any compliment I could give - congratulations to the choir and to Emily Cox"
Canticum Follower, 2015
About Dido and Aeneas, Brisbane Baroque Festival, 2015
"Of course, Purcell’s most memorable characters are the witches ... they don’t just steal the show, they hot-wire it, drive it away into a wall and then cackle about the whole thing in the pub afterwards"
Limelight Magazine Live Reviews, April 2015. See full review here
About Good Friday Musical Meditation, 2014
"..and so thank goodness for Emily Cox and her superb semi-professional Canticum Chamber Choir, now in its 20th year. The Sacred Heart Church at Rosalie was full to overflowing on Good Friday with people eager to hear some of the most sombre and moving music ever composed, ranging from the Tudor composer Thomas Tallis to the 20th century Hungarian Gyorgy Deak-Bardos and his agonising Eli Eli with its shattering choral glissandi"
Daily Review, 2015. See full review here
About Dream of Gerontius, 2014
"this performance was a testament to her influence (Emily Cox) in many directions, particularly demonstrated by her choirs, the Brisbane Chorale and Canticum Chamber Choir, whose vocal forces produced Priest’s Assistants, Angelicals, Demons, Voices on Earth and Souls in Purgatory. Precision, clarity, control and great musicality characterised their singing"
4MBS Classic FM, 2014. See full review here