Chamber Choir

Tenebrae - Cambridge

Oppression and Liberation

Saturday 19 March 2011, 19:30 - 21:30
Queens' College Chapelmap ]
Silver Street
Cambridge CB3 9ET

Orlando Chamber Choir
James Weeks, director
Patrick Osborne, reader

The Christian liturgy of Tenebrae marks Jesus' suffering and death for humanity before the symbolic rebirth of spring. Orlando di Lasso's austere Tenebrae Responsories are offset by his richly plangent Lamentations settings and other penitential motets. James Weeks' new work, commissioned with support from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, revisits these ancient rites from a secular standpoint. Juxtaposing Tenebrae texts with modern poetry of oppression, Orlando Tenebrae is a stark exposition of these universal themes for our own age.


Orlando di Lasso (c.1532 - 1594)
Timor et tremor
from Lamentations a5 for Maundy Thursday:
Lamentatio Prima
In monte Oliveti
from Lamentations a5 for Maundy Thursday:
Lamentatio Tertia
Tristis est anima mea
from Tenebrae Responsories:
Tenebrae factae sunt
Animam meam dilectam
Aestimatus sum
James Weeks (1978 - )
Orlando Tenebrae