RIAS Kammerchor Berlin

Choir Renaissance (like a Phoenix …)

Justin Doyle, conductor

With choral music from the Middle Ages to the early Baroque from England, Italy and the Franco-Flemish School, the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin and its director Justin Doyle celebrate the return of choral music to concert life after the cultural hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Singing monks, France 14th century

Singing monks, France 14th century

Past Dates

Justin Doyle will travel back to the roots of choral music, joined by RIAS Kammerchor Berlin and organist Martin Baker. After the cultural hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Doyle and the choir’s singers will let music resound once more with this redesigned concert “Choir Renaissance (like a Phoenix …)”.

Starting from a monophonic melody composed by the mystic Hildegard of Bingen, they will journey together through the first Early Renaissance works for several voices, ultimately reaching the 16-voiced prime of polyphonic music through the centuries. They will perform works by Johann Bach, Giles Binchois, William Byrd, Antonio Caldara, Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa, Orlando di Lasso, Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina, John Sheppard and Tomás Luís de Victoria.

Concert Programme

Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179)
O Virtus Sapientiae
Hymn for female voices

Orlando di Lasso (1532 – 1594)
Fulgebunt justi
Motet for two voices

Giles Binchois (around 1400 – 1460)
Veni creator spiritus
Progression for three voices on the Pentecost hymn

William Byrd (1539/40 or 1543 – 1623)
from: Mass for four voices

Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina (around 1525 – 1594)
Agnus Dei I & II
from: Missa Brevis

Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (1566 – 1613)
Tristis est anima mea
Responsory for six voices

John Sheppard (around 1515 – 1558)
Libera nos II
Antiphon for seven voices

Tomás Luís de Victoria (around 1548 – 1611)
Ave Maria
Motet for two four-part choirs

Johann Bach (1604 – 1673)
Unser Leben ist ein Schatten
Motet for nine voices in two choirs

Antonio Caldara (1670 – 1736)
for 16 voices

Organ improvisations


Martin Baker organ

RIAS Kammerchor Berlin
Justin Doyle conductor

A Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin event in cooperation with RIAS Kammerchor Berlin.