And the sun darkened
Inspired by our two most recent BIS Records releases, the program features elegiac masterworks including the rarely performed motet cycle Officium Crucis by Loyset Compère (1445-1518) and settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Peñalosa (1470-1528), Crecquillon (1505-1557) and Andrew Smith (b. 1971).
An intimate reflection on the seasons of Advent and Christmas, melding modern carols and commissions with Medieval and Renaissance polyphony.
The undone heart
An evocative pastiche of vocal chamber music from sources both traditional and contemporary. Highlights include German Romantic lieder from Schubert and Bruckner, commissions from Paul Moravec (b. 1957) and Akemi Naito (b. 1956), madrigals by Maddalena Casulana (1544-1590), and songs from the Great American Songbook by way of 1920s hitmakers The Revelers.
These turbulent times
An exploration of the music of the English Reformation. This program pairs selections from the Eton Choirbook (c. 1500) and the Gyffard Partbooks (c. 1580) with Latin works by William Byrd in honor of the 400th anniversary of the celebrated composer’s death.
My Days coming soon
A collaboration between New York Polyphony and acclaimed viol consort LeStrange Viols. The centerpiece of this program is Nico Muhly’s haunting composition “My Days,” a setting of Psalm 39 interwoven with excerpts from the coroner’s report on the death of Orlando Gibbons scored for male quartet and viols. Accompanying works include consort songs by William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons.