17.07.14 19:30, The Quire, York Minster; £25 (concessions £20, students £5)
Spain, Defender of the Faith: Masterpieces from the greatest Empire of the 16th century
At its height Spain was the most powerful, the most influential and the richest country in 16th-century Europe, the primary defenders of the Catholic faith in the post-Reformation world, with territories in the New World and a powerful set of alliances in Europe. Not only that, the music produced by Spanish composers at this time – colourful, expressive and intense – is some of the finest ever penned. At the head of this group sits the great Tomàs Luis de Victoria, and his music is at the heart of this programme, which includes his magnificent Missa Salve regina, several fine motets and a thrilling Magnificat, set alongside works by his contemporaries and compatriots Guerrero, Esquivel and Lobo.