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RIAS Kammerchor Berlin is one of the "ten best choirs in the world" (Gramophone, Classical Music Magazine). With "Stella Maris", the ensemble looks to the stars in order to trace back the experiences of Francis Poulenc and Tomás Luis de Victoria, two composers whose deep despair was soothed and whose lives were illuminated by the Mother Mary, Star of the Sea and Queen of the Sky.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Stella Maris
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Two composers, two masses, two completely different eras and soundworlds: Tomás Luis de Victoria, active in Madrid and Rome at the time of the Renaissance,and Francis Poulenc, born around the turn of the 20th century in Paris, are united by their need to refl ect on questions of life in the mirror of their religion.

Poulenc’s Mass in G major was composed at a time of religious awakening, brought about by the accidental death of a friend, and an epiphany he underwent at the shrine of Our Lady of Rocamadour in southern France.

Victoria’s exquisite Missa Ave Maris Stella is based on the medieval hymn of the same name, in which Mary is praised as the Star of the Sea. In the first part of this a cappella concert, Marian motets by contemporary composers are interpolated into Victoria’s Mass, whereas the second half complements Poulenc’s setting with motets by Victoria’s compatriot Francisco Guerrero.


Einojuhani Rautavaara
Canticum Mariae Virginis

Tomás Luis de Victoria
Missa Ave Maris Stella

Rory Wainwright Johnston
Ave Regina Caelorum

James MacMillan
A Child's Prayer

Francisco Guerrero
Ave virgo sanctissima

Francis Poulenc
Messe G-Dur

Francisco Guerrero
Regina caeli laetare

RIAS Kammerchor Berlin
Justin Doyle Conductor

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