CAPELLA DURIENSIS - Vocal Ensemble
Musical Direction - Jonathan Ayerst
This programme represents a debut into the commercial recording world for Capella Duriensis. Bringing together a diverse repertoire of medieval music for Advent with romantic russian orthodox songs, Capella duriensis show an emotionally committed performance allied to a pure vocal style. Many of the medieval works are performed with percussionists Rui Silva and Nuno Aroso.
Capella Duriensis is a Vocal Ensemble specialising in the performance of a cappella repertoire. Employing a core of professional singers, Capella Duriensis introduce and train young portuguese musicians to an international level of performance.
With their Musical Director Jonathan Ayerst, Capella Duriensis performed over 40 works throughout their first year 2011, in programs mixing new combinations of medieval, renaissance and contemporary music.
Engagements followed in quick succession and through the success of their debut radio series 4 Advent Concerts broadcast by the Portuguese classical radio station RDP Antena 2, Capella Duriensis were invited to record two concerts for the European Broadcasting Union: Christmas around Europe 2011 and Music for Holy Week 2012.
Last year, 2012, Capella Duriensis appeared in many festivals in Portugal including: Páscoa no Porto (Camara Municipal do Porto), Música em Leiria, Cistermúsica, Festival dos Açores and Música em S Roque. A highlight of 2012 was a two-week residency in Wells and Bristol Cathedrals, performing a mixture of anglican canticles and portuguese polyphony. This unique opportunity was made possible through the generous support of the Instituto Camões.
While continuously increasing their repertoire, Capella Duriensis remain dedicated to promoting and refining the performance of portuguese sacred music. This year, 2013, marks the opening of a large-scale recording project covering the history of vocal polyphonic music in Portugal.
"Your visit was a triumph ..., your choir were in the very top flight. The repertoire, the musicality, and the sound were just outstanding. You were wonderful ambassadors for your city and for Portugal.
It was deeply sustaining to listen to choral music sung so well and with such a feeling for the liturgy; it was wonderful to hear Portuguese polyphony."
The Very Rev. David Hoyle - Dean of Bristol Cathedral
“..a couple of us were there, open-mouthed and awed”
London Bulgarian Choir
"I do not know what else should highlight a concert that touched perfection. .. Such technical mastery allowed them to approach safely passages with the most extreme ranges of pitch and dynamic"
Diário do Minho, Portugal
"Não sei o que mais deva realçar num concerto que tocou a perfeição. Dificilmente se poderia exigir mais. Apesar de jovens, os cantores mostraram invulgar qualidade vocal. Vê-se que são escolhidos a dedo e trabalham metodicamente, com exigência e rigor. Se assim não fosse, não conseguiriam atingir o nível patenteado. Dos sopranos aos baixos, todos apresentavam um controlo perfeito da voz, colocadíssima, de timbre límpido, impecavelmente afinada. Esse domínio técnico permitiu-lhes abordar com toda a segurança quer as passagems mais agudas, quer as mais graves. Por outro lado, permitiu-lhes uma dinâmica sabiamente doseada, quer nos momentos mais fortíssimos quer nos pianíssimos, aqueles que pouco mais exigiam que um sussuro da voz."
Diário do Minho