Concert

NoonSong presents: Prayse! Berlin

Officium for a city that never sleeps

Seven concerts of religious music in the course of 24 hours lead from darkness into light and from light into darkness. Ensembles from Eastern, Central and Western Europe examine vocal Christian church music ranging from the unison of Gregorian chant, through the court music of the early classical period with drums and trumpets to the most magnificent score of the Renaissance, the forty-part motet “Spem in alium” by Thomas Tallis.

A spiral branch leads to a magnificent blossom.

Drawing from a codex of the Cistercian Abbey of Maulbronn, 1480

© 10.5076/e-codices-cb-0019

Procedure and Registration
The events can be attended individually.
Please register in advance via  noonsong.de

Monks and nuns will gather seven times in the cycle of day and night to meditate and conduct hourly prayers. In the secular metropolis of Berlin, we invite you to the Kirche Am Hohenzollernplatz for seven acts of musical contemplation on the day that commemorates Hildegard von Bingen.

From darkness into light and from light into darkness, arrayed in a spectrum through the church windows designed by Achim Freyer, seven spiritual concerts take us through the 24 hours of one day. Celebrated ensembles from Eastern, Central and Western Europe examine vocal Christian church music ranging from the monophony of Gregorian chant, through the music of the early classical period to the magnificent Renaissance score of Thomas Tallis’s forty-part motet “Spem in alium” and on to music of our own time.

Schedule | Cast

00:05: Matutin
For the Feast of Hildegard von Bingen with works by Sweelinck, Gumpelzhaimer, Rihm, Hildegard von Bingen and Mohr as well as Gregorian chants

Vox Nostra
Burkard Wehner chorus director

Vocalensemble sirventes berlin
Stefan Schuck chorus director

Domine, labia mea aperies
Laudemus Deum nostrum in confessione beatae Hildegardis

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562 – 1621)
Venite, exultemus Domino
for five-part mixed choir a cappella

Adam Gumpelzhaimer (1559 – 1625)
Domine, quid multiplicati sunt
for eight-part mixed choir a cappella

Lectio
on the day of remembrance on 17 September for Hildegard von Bingen

Wolfgang Rihm (*1952)
Mit geschlossenem Mund

Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179)
O dulcissime amator, o dulcissime amplexator

Joseph Mohr (1792 – 1848)
Quem terra pontus
for four-part mixed choir a cappella

Benedicamus Domino

06:30: Laudes
With works by Purcell, Byrd and Gesualdo as well as Gregorian chants

Tenebrae Choir London
Nigel Short chorus director

Vocalensemble sirventes berlin
Stefan Schuck chorus director

Deus, in adiutorium meum intende

Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)
O God Thou art my God
for four-part mixed choir a cappella

Anglican Chant
for four-part mixed choir a cappella

William Byrd (1543 – 1623)
Laudibus in sanctis Dominum
for five-part mixed choir a cappella

Lectio from the Song of Songs

Carlo Gesualdo (1566 – 1613)
Benedictus
for six-part mixed choir a cappella

Hymnus: O gloriosa vírginum

Conclusio

09:15: Terz
With works by Schütz and Georgian Orthodox church music for male choir a cappella

Staats- und Domchor Berlin
Kai-Uwe Jirka chorus director

Basiani-Ensemble Tiflis
Giorgi Donadze and Zurab Tskrialashvili chorus director

Members of the Lautten-Compagney Berlin

Upalo Bageni (Herr, öffne meine Lippen)
for three-part male choir a cappella

Heinrich Schütz (1585 – 1672)
Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (SWV 29)
for two four-part mixed choirs and continuo

Heinrich Schütz
Herr, auf dich traue ich (SWV 377)
for five-part mixed choir and continuo

Heinrich Schütz
Die Himmel erzählen (SWV 386)
for six-part mixed choir and continuo

Angelosi ghaghadebs (Der Engel weinte)
IV. Refrain to Ode IX (ornamented version for Easter) for three-part male choir a cappella

Ganatldi, ganatldi (Leuchte, leuchte, Neues Jerusalem)
Heirmos Ode IX (ornamented version for Easter) for three-part male choir a cappella

Heinrich Schütz
Verleih uns Frieden (SWV 372)
for five-part mixed choir and continuo

12:00: Sext
With works by Tomkins and Purcell and Gregorian chants

Tenebrae Choir London
Nigel Short chorus director

Vocalensemble sirventes berlin
Stefan Schuck chorus director

Deus in adiutorium meum intende

Nigel Short (*1965)
Anglican Chant (Psalm 71)

Thomas Tomkins (1572 – 1656)
O Lord, how manifold are thy works
for four-part equal-voice choir a cappella

Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)
Thy word is a lantern
for four-part mixed choir and organ

Hymnus Rector potens, verax Deus

Conclusio

15:00: Non
Polyphonic Georgian-Orthodox church music for male choir a cappella as well as Gregorian chants

Basiani-Ensemble Tiflis
Giorgi Donadze and Zurab Tskrialashvili chorus director

Vocalensemble sirventes berlin
Stefan Schuck chorus director

Deus in adiutorium meum intende

Netar ars katsi
Vesper Hymns Ps. 1 (ornamented version) for three-part male choir a cappella

Tqveta ganmatavisuplebelo (As liberator of the prisoners)
Troparion of St. George, the great martyr, for three-part male choir a cappella

O doctor optime, ecclesiae sanctae lumen

Magnificat anima mea Dominum

Motsikuli kristesagan gamorcheuli (The Apostle chosen by Christ)
Kontakion for the Feast of St. Nino for three-part male choir a cappella

Hymnus: Rerum, Deus, tenax vigor

19:00: Vesper
First revival of the Vespers music for choir and orchestra by the Berlin court Kapellmeister Agricola as well as Gregorian chants

Vox Nostra
Burkhard Wehner chorus director

Vocalensemble sirventes berlin
Stefan Schuck chorus director

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Deus in adjutorium meum intende

Johannes Friedrich Agricola (1720 – 1774)
Dixit Dominus
for solos, mixed choir and orchestra

Johannes Friedrich Agricola
Der König jauchzt von dir entzücket
for solos, mixed choir and orchestra

Benedicamus Domino cum cantico, cum jubilo

Johannes Friedrich Agricola
Magnificat
for solos, mixed choir and orchestra

23:00: Komplet
With works by Tye, Davies, Gardiner, Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Reger, Walter, Poulenc and Tallis, as well as hymns and Gregorian chants

Vocalensemble sirventes berlin
Stefan Schuck chorus director

Basiani-Ensemble Tiflis
Giorgi Donadze and Zurab Tskrialashvili chorus director

Tenebrae Choir London
Nigel Short chorus director

Vox Nostra
Burkhard Wehner chorus director

Jube domne – Fratres: Sobrii estote – Deus in adiutorium

Christopher Tye (c.1505; † c.1572)
My trust in Thee O Lord
for five-part mixed choir a cappella

Walford Davies (1869 – 1941)
I will lift up mine Eyes
for four-part mixed choir a cappella

Henry Balfour Gardiner (1877 – 1950)
Te Lucis ante terminum
for four-part mixed choir a cappella

In manus tuas, Domine, commendo (Responsorium breve)

Tsmidao ghmerto (O, Holy God)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 – 1847)
Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen über Dir
for eight-part mixed choir a cappella

Max Reger (1873 – 1916)
Ich liege und schlafe
for five-part mixed choir a cappella

Johann Walter (1496 – 1570)
Lumen ad revelationem / Nunc dimittis
for six-part mixed choir a cappella

Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963)
Salve Regina
for four-part mixed choir a cappella

Thomas Tallis (c.1505 – 1585)
Spem in alium
for forty-part mixed choir a cappella

A project of NoonSong e.V. as part of the Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin
Funded by means from the Capital Cultural Fund