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Cut Circle – To Love Another

San Francisco Early Music Society

San Francisco Early Music Society Cut Circle – To Love Another

Just in time for Valentine’s Day—our annual tribute to the heart this year reaches back to the 15th century, as SFEMS welcomes Cut Circle, directed by Jesse Rodin. Concerts take place the weekend of February 8–10 in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Palo Alto.
Founded in 2003 by Rodin, Associate Professor at Stanford University, Cut Circle specializes in late medieval and Renaissance choral music. In 2010 the ensemble received the Noah Greenberg Award recognizing outstanding contributions to historical performance practices. Cut Circle has also received the Prix Olivier Messiaen, Editor’s Choice (Gramophone) and a Diapason d’Or for its recent recording of Du Fay masses. The ensemble’s current recording projects include a double album devoted to the complete songs of Ockeghem. Rodin prepares new editions of all the music Cut Circle performs. The ensemble, making their SFEMS series debut, aims to recapture the gritty, intense experience of singing early music. They commit to the music emotionally and physically, embracing confident singing, gripping contrasts, and energetic tempi. “To love another—would humiliate my heart,” sings the devoted lover in Johannes Ockeghem’s famous “D’ung aultre amer,” evoking the power of love to captivate, nourish, and, on occasion, destroy. Love can be earthly and sensual; it can also be spiritual and divine, as when a Biblical figure is cast as the object of desire. “To Love Another…” will feature music of both romantic and spiritual intensity.

Clare McNamara, Kathryn Radakovich, discantus; Jonas Budris, Bradford Gleim, Lawrence Jones, Steven Soph, altus & tenor; Sumner Thompson, Paul Max Tipton, bassus

Additional Dates:
Sun February 10, 2019 2:30pm
Bing Concert Hall
Sat February 9, 2019 4:00pm
St. Mark's Lutheran Church

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Program

Josquin des Prez (ca. 1450–1521)

Virgo prudentissima

Johannes Ockeghem (d. 1497)

D’ung aultre amer

Johannes Ockeghem (d. 1497)

L’autre d’antan

Josquin des Prez (ca. 1450–152

Christe, fili dei/J’ay pris amours

Guillaume Du Fay (ca. 1397–1474)

Se la face ay pale/Missa Se la face ay pale

Performers

Jesse Rodin

Director