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Composer: Zieleński, Mikolaj (1550-1616)

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Year of birth1550
Year of death1616
NationalityPoland
PeriodEarly
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Proms Chamber Music 2: The Huelgas Ensemble in Renaissance Poland

Paul van Nevel; image by Michiel Hendryckx
The theme of Polish music running subtly throughout this year’s BBC Proms is mostly evident through late 19th- and 20th-century repertoire: Szymanowski, Tchaikovsky’s “Polish” Symphony, lots of Lutosławski. Perhaps oddly, Chopin hasn’t featured at all.
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The Tallis Scholars at 40, Gesualdo at 400 at Cadogan Hall

The Tallis Scholars  ©  Eric Richmond
Celebrating their 40th anniversary year, The Tallis Scholars presented a programme of Renaissance polyphony centred around another anniversary – that of Carlo Gesualdo, the 400th anniversary of whose death falls this year. The first half of the concert was a complete performance of Gesualdo’s masterpiece, the Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday (1611).
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