Santiago de Compostela, Colegiata de Santa María la Real de Sar
Flanders & Spain
El León de Oro
Peter Phillips director
This programme features writing from Flanders and Spain. The Flemish half is dominated by a magnificent double-choir mass by Lassus, written in the Venetian tradition; the Spanish half is frameworked with motets by Francesco Guerrero, famed for his music in praise of the Virgin. In between we hear how Arvo Pärt could hymn her; and the young English composer, Matthew Martin, rewrites Guerrero’s Ave virgo sanctissima to give it a new perspective.
Participants of The Camino arrive in Santiago this afternoon, in time to attend the first plenary concert this evening.
The mighty monastery complex of San Martín Pinario contains the grandest 17th- and 18th-century church in Santiago, the majestic interior enlivened by a wonderfully ornate gilded altarpiece which fills the east end.