Cancelled: Saint Peter's Tears

Ensemble Gombert


Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Saint Peter’s Tears on Monday 11 May has been cancelled.

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Event details

Celebrating its 30th birthday in 2020, Ensemble Gombert is Melbourne’s outstanding chamber choir, noted for its pure intonation and historical approach to choral sound and style.

Named after Nicolas Gombert, the Ensemble specialises in a cappella performance of Franco-Flemish music of the High Renaissance. Just days before his death, Orlande de Lassus completed a setting of the 21 stanzas of Luigi Tansillo’s Lagrime di San Pietro (Saint Peter’s Tears). Lassus was considered by his contemporaries to be the most outstanding composer of his generation, and this final work was described by scholar James Haar as ‘one of the most remarkable artistic testaments in the history of music’.

All 21 spiritual madrigals, of which the first 20 are in Italian and the last in Latin, are set for seven voices. The musical techniques and range of expression can be taken as a summing up of all of Lassus’s musical language and style. Ensemble Gombert’s previous performances of it in 2001 and 2008 met with high acclaim, making the ensemble an outstanding partner for one of the greatest musical masterpieces of the Renaissance.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Ensemble Gombert


Orlande de Lassus
Lagrime di San Pietro


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2020

Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.