“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” — Aldous Huxley
The celebrated British a cappella ensemble performs "After Silence," featuring choral works by Orlando Gibbons, Arvo Pärt, Thomas Tallis, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Ola Gjeilo, Jake Runestad, Paul Smith, Roxanna Panufnick, Britten, Monteverdi, Sibelius, Jonathan Dove, Stephen Paulus and Eric Whitacre.
In the essay from which the title After Silence is taken, Aldous Huxley offers his thoughts on the essential force of music. The most profoundly significant constituents of our being, he says, include our responses to beauty, pleasure, pain, ecstasy, and death. These can best be ‘experienced, not expressed’ through silence, and after silence, through music. The choral works in this 15th-anniversary program (to accompany the ensemble’s compendium album release) are exalted, vital, and freed from their original contextual restraints and are distinguishable by their inexhaustible capacity to express the inexpressible.
ORLANDO GIBBONS – “Drop, Drop, Slow Tears”
ARVO PÄRT – “The Deer’s Cry“
THOMAS TALLIS – “O Nata Lux”
TOMÄS LUIS DE VICTORIA – “Regina Caeli á 8“
OLA GJEILO – “Ubi Caritas”
JAKE RUNESTAD – “Let My Love Be Heard”
PAUL SMITH – “Nunc Dimittis”
ROXANNA PANUFNIK – “Love Endureth”
BENJAMIN BRITTEN – “Hymn to St. Cecilia”
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI – Book VI: Lagrime D’Amante al Sepolcro Dell’Amata (Sestina Madrigals)
JEAN SIBELIUS – “Be Still My Soul (Finlandia)”
JONATHAN DOVE – “Vertue” (commission for VOCES8)
STEPHEN PAULUS – “The Road Home”
ERIC WHITACRE – “A Boy and a Girl”
The program will conclude with a selection of VOCES8’s jazz and pop arrangements.
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