About this video: Ensemble Gombert is Melbourne’s outstanding chamber choir specialising in a cappella performances of Franco-Flemish music of the High Renaissance. This is a program of choral music by Australian composers, all of whom write originally and individually, but in a traditional vein.
The concert takes its name from the major work, a Mass by Sydney composer Brooke Shelley, who modelled her composition on a High Renaissance Mass based on the chanson Mille regretz (A thousand regrets). Vaughan McAlley’s De profundis also harks back to the Renaissance in its compositional technique, while Calvin Bowman’s double-choir settings of four of John Donne’s Holy Sonnets is more Romantic in its musical language. Joe Twist’s How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? takes its name from a verse of Psalm 137, but it is essentially a setting of the poem A Song of Hope by Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal tribe.
VAUGHAN McALLEY (b. 1970)
BROOKE SHELLEY (b. 1975) 00:04:13
Messe sans Regretz
V Agnus Dei
JOSEPH TWIST (b. 1982) 00:18:09
How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?
CALVIN BOWMAN (b. 1972) 00:25:26
Death be not proud
I If faithful souls
II Thou hast made me
III At the round earth’s imagined corners
IV Death be not proud