Just one day after Valentine’s Day, the award-winning Ensemble Plus Ultra makes its Cadogan Hall debut with a selection of settings of ‘Song of Songs’ texts, alongside some of Shakespeare’s sonnets in a celebration of love.  With music by composers including Tomás Luis de Victoria, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and Orlande de Lassus, this programme showcases some of the most beautiful and erotic of scriptural texts (the Song of Songs being essentially a love poem), set in a variety of styles.  Ensemble Plus Ultra, founded in 2001, are specialists in the music of Renaissance Spain, and their 10-disc recording of music by Tomas Luis Victoria won the 2012 Gramophone Award for Early Music.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear them in a rare London appearance!

The Food of Love – Song of Songs

Nigra sum
Palestrina: Trahe me post te
Victoria: Trahe me post te
Chant: Tota pulchra es
Palestrina: Osculetur me
Victoria: Vadam et circuibo
Chant: Nigra sum sed formosa
Palestrina: Nigra sum sed formosa
Lassus: Veni dilecti
Chant: Dum esset rex
Victoria: Vidi Speciosam