‘The Gesualdo Six - Fading’

22 Mar.'22
- 20:00

Before night falls and the monks retire to their monastic cells, the day ends with the Night Prayer, or Compline. The texts of this Liturgy of the Hours have often been set to music, including in the 16th century by Renaissance composers such as the Englishman William Byrd, the Frenchman Jean Mouton and the Franco-Flemish composer Nicholas Gombert. These polyphonic gems are notable for their expressive word paintings and dizzying harmonic turns. The British vocal ensemble The Gesualdo Six – composed of some of the best young British ensemble singers – performs a combination of the spiritual music of Byrd, Mouton and Gombert together with a more modern repertoire. Contemplative work by such contemporary composers as Veljo Tormis (Estonia), Joanna Marsh (Great Britain) and Richard Rodney Bennet (Great Britain) sit comfortably among works by masters of the Renaissance.


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The Gesualdo Six
vocal ensemble
Owain Park
artistic direction
Thomas Tallis

Te lucis ante terminum

William Byrd

Miserere mihi Domine

Jonathan Seers

Look down, O Lord

Nicolas Gombert

Motet "Media vita", a 6

Hildegard von Bingen

O Ecclesia, occuli tui

Owain Park

Phos hilaron

Alison Willis

The Wind’s Warning

Thomas Tallis

In ieiunio et fletu

Pierre de la Rue

Absalon fili mi

Luca Marenzio

Potrò viver io più se senza luce

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Io son ferito ahi lasso

Veljo Tormis

Marjal aega magada

Gerda Blok-Wilson

O Little Rose, O Dark Rose

James O’Donnell

Present Yourselves as a Living Sacrifice

Josef Rheinberger

Abendlied, op. 69/3 (Drei Geistliche Gesänge)

Classical Music


Early Music


11 → 27


Practical information


Church of St. James on Coudenberg

Place Royale 1000 Brussels



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