Voices from the Cloisters

Voices from the Cloisters


In the years following the Council of Trent (1545-63), Catholic monasteries in Germany and Austria sought to exemplify the ideas of the Counter-Reformation through renewal of the monastic liturgy, including its music. Works by famous composers such as Lassus played a key role, but many monks also composed with great skill.

This programme explores their creativity by tracing the life of a monk from acceptance into the cloister through to assuming the role of abbot and finally entering the heavenly kingdom. The Brabant Ensemble is one of the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music, performing throughout Europe and issuing highly regarded recordings on the Hyperion label. This will be its first return to Oxford, where it was founded, for over five years.

This programme benefits from the generous support of the British Academy, and is created in collaboration with Dr Barbara Eichner (Oxford Brookes University).

Duration: 1 hour 10mins with no interval

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