The Song of Solomon, otherwise known as the Song of Songs, features some of the most beautiful and sensuous poetic language in the Bible. Celebrated liturgically as an allegory of the relationship between Christ and his bride the Church, the verses themselves are plainly erotic, evoking a luxuriant sexuality in terms of fragrant spices, ripening vines, orchards and gardens richly planted with pomegranates and lilies. This coalescence of spiritual meaning and sensuality gave free rein to Renaissance composers’ powers of musical expression, allowing them to reflect a heavenly beauty in music that is nevertheless richly grounded in a garden of earthly delights. Cambridge Renaissance Voices explore this repertoire across Renaissance Europe, from Franco-Flemish composers such as Lassus and Clemens non Papa, through the music of Palestrina in Italy, to that of Tomas Luis da Victoria in Spain, and his contemporaries of the Portuguese Golden Age.
Hailed by Early Music Review for ‘beautifully controlled… assured and expressive’ performances, informed by ‘understanding and passion’ - Cambridge Renaissance Voices was formed in 2013 under the musical direction of Rupert Preston Bell. It brings together singers drawn mainly from The Cambridge Taverner Choir, with whom they have made a series of recordings of sacred polyphony, and were shortlisted for the Gramophone Early Music Award.
CAMBRIDGE RENAISSANCE VOICES
Tickets £16 from Theatre Royal Box Office, Bury St Edmunds 01284 769505