THE GERMAN MUSICAL GROUP “SINGER PUR” CLOSES THE CYCLE OF THE EMPEROR CONCERTS, ORGANISED BY YUSTE FOUNDATION AND NATIONAL HERITAGE
The German vocal group Singer Pur will close the Emperor Concerts’ Cycle, organised by the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation and National Heritage. The programme, entitled “Voces alemanas y música hispana en un diálogo de siglos: del XIII al XXI” (“German voices and Hispanic music in a dialogue of centuries: from the 13th to the 21st century”), will be held this Sunday, October 6, at 13:00 pm, at the Royal Monastery of Yuste. The concert counts with the collaboration of Goethe Foundation and the Cooperation Network of European Routes of Emperor Charles V. The entrance is free until seating capacity is reached.
The programme includes some of the works included in the famous Codex Las Huelgas, named after the Royal Monastery of Santa María la Real as it was preserved there. The Codex comprises polyphonic works, dated during the first decades of the 13th century, composed for a changeable number of voices.
Apart from these works, others written by some of the great masters of Spanish polyphony, such as Cristóbal de Morales or Tomás Luis de Victoria, based on texts related to the worship of Virgin Mary, will be interpreted and will be alternated with other compositions of contemporary authors, such as Arvo Pärt or Max Beckschäfer, based on medieval mystic texts. All of them will contribute to draw a geographic and chronological bridge between beginning of the 13th century Spain and Germany and what they are nowadays.
Singer Pur is a vocal sextet founded in 1991, whose aim is to sing a cappella including anything performable by voices from medieval times to the avant-garde. They often co-operate with musicians as diverse as the composer and jazz clarinet player Michael Riessler and orchestras such as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, among others. The Singer Pur discography consists of more than 20 CDs, several of which have received notable awards.
The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation initiated a series of concerts in 1997 with the aim of “establishing a musical cycle related to the period of Charles V in Extremadura”, thereby proclaiming the European cultural heritage and its history as the main driving force of the process of European culture and integration.
This is the third concert held this year. The first one was held on May 18 and was given by the music group “Capella Iberica” and the second one took place on September 21 by “Camara Antiqva” commemorating the 461st anniversary since the death of Emperor Charles V in Yuste.