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Music in the Time of El Greco

Image: Detail from La anunciación (1597-1600) by El Greco (1541-1614)

10 Nov 2017, 7.30pm

The Wallace Collection

(Great Gallery)

Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London, W1U 3BN

Nearest tube: Bond Street




£25 Concessions

£25 Members of ILAMS


Ticket includes a complimentary glass of Spanish wine



020 7563 9500


‘A transcendental Hispanic ensemble.’

Le Monde de la Musique

The famous Spanish painter, El Greco (1541-1614), had an exact musical contemporary and equal in the Spanish composer Alonso Lobo (1555-1617). Both figures were the product of the cultural flowering of Spain’s siglo de oro, driven predominantly from the ‘Imperial City’ of Toledo where the artists worked at the turn of the 17th century, and it is likely that El Greco heard Lobo’s music at Toledo Cathedral where the composer was maestro de capilla. Parallels have been drawn between their respective aesthetic affinities, with Lobo expressing in sound the equivalent austere, transcendental silence of El Greco’s sacred artworks.


Although revered in his own time, Lobo did not arrive in the 20th century with the same momentum as contemporaries such as Victoria, but the new millennium has witnessed a revival of his music, thanks in part to the pioneering work of the illustrious Spanish ensemble La Grande Chapelle whose world-premiere recordings for the Lauda label have firmly re-established Lobo as one of the great polyphony composers of the European Renaissance.


In tandem with the Wallace Collection's new exhibition From El Greco to Goya, La Grande Chapelle will perform the monumental Beata Dei genitrix mass from Lobo’s Liber primus missarum (1602), inspired by the eponymous motet by Guerrero. A rare opportunity to hear Lobo’s celestial music performed by one of its leading international exponents amidst the sumptuous surroundings of The Wallace Collection's Great Gallery, with an opening address by Director of The Wallace Collection, Xavier Bray.

Francisco Guerrero Motete ‘Beata Dei genitrix, a 6’

Alonso Lobo Missa ‘Beata Dei genitrix, a 6’ | Selected Motets | De lamentatione Ieremiae Prophetae, a 6

PLUS Join us for a complimentary glass of Spanish wine from 7.00pm


La Grande Chapelle
Albert Recasens conductor

Organised by ILAMS and the Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with The Wallace Collection with the kind support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) PICE Mobility, the Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (INAEM) and Wines from Spain

SNEAK PEEK! Listen to La Grande Chapelle's Lobo album

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Background Image: Palacio da Pena Castle in São Pedro de Penaferrim, Sintra, Portugal

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