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Fire and Ice

Exploring Renaissance Passions

Sunday 25 June 2023 at 7.30 pm
All Saints Weston, Chestnut Avenue, Esher, KT10 8JL
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Conducted by Patrick Allies

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Please note that this concert takes place on Sunday rather than the more usual Saturday. It will finish at approximately 9.15 pm. After the concert, please join us in the church hall for refreshments.

We’re all just human. We love, we desire, we dare; we fear, we grieve, and we get angry. In the 1530s, the Spanish philosopher Juan Luis Vives published a new classification of human emotions based on his view that they arise out of judgements about good and evil. In this concert, the Ripieno Choir, under its new musical director Patrick Allies, will examine Vives’ categories through the vocal music of his 16th-century European contemporaries.

These emotions, and the composers who brought them to life, cross boundaries of genre, style and language, with everything from pious motets to scandalous madrigals. In sacred works by William Byrd, Alonso Lobo and Raphaella Aleotti, we hear of a loving God who also strikes fear into his people. And in the secular works, Carlo Gesualdo, Madalena Casulana and Thomas Weelkes tell the stories of lovesick poets and lustful admirers.

Among the composers included are three women: nun composers Sulpitia Cesis and Raphaella Aleotti, and the lutenist and singer Maddalena Casulana. There is also a particular focus on music by the English composers William Byrd and Thomas Weelkes, for whom 2023 marks 400 years since their deaths.

The Ripieno Choir invite you to join us as we explore the emotional world of the Renaissance.

Rehearsing ‘As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending’ by Thomas Weelkes


Clemens non Papa – Ego flos campi
Juan del Encina – Señora de hermosura
Rodrigo de Ceballos – Hortus conclusus

John Wilbye – I live, and yet methinks I do not breathe

Sulpitia Cesis – Stabat Mater
Alonso Lobo – Versa est in luctum
Thomas Weelkes – Death hath deprived me

Thomas Weelkes – As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes
William Byrd – Though Amaryllis Dance in Green

William Byrd – Tribulationes civitatum
Raphaella Aleotti – Miserere mei Deus

Maddalena Casulana – Amor per qual cagion
Carlo Gesualdo – Se taccio, il duol s’avanza

William Byrd – Vigilate

£16 in advance
£18 on the day (including at the door)
£5 for under 18s
Group discounts available
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