An oratorio for our times by Antony Pitts remixed with Biblical narration by David Suchet, Jerusalem-Yerushalayim is an extraordinary musical cross between Handel’s Messiah, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and classic rock anthems, and tells simply but powerfully the Old Testament story of Jerusalem – in modern English but with ancient Hebrew names for familiar Biblical characters and places. Performed by TONUS PEREGRINUS and friends with a cast of outstanding singers and players.
"Antony Pitts is something of a musical polymath: composer, choir director, conductor, teacher and radio producer are some of the strings to his musical bow. He may be best known to Australian audiences as Artistic Director of The Song Company... The challenging but rewarding score could provide a unifying focus for performers of different origins in the midst of very real conflict in the Middle East."
Limelight June 2018
Recorded here for the first time with two choirs simultaneously – Nederlands Kamerkoor and Cappella Pratensis – the Missa Unitatis is interleaved with the diverse separate contributions of each ensemble, as well as the Nationaal Vrouwen Jeugdkoor. This ‘Mass of Unity’ is the first new mass setting to have been commissioned by the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap (founded in ’s-Hertogenbosch in 1318) in almost 500 years, and is designed to be performed by two choirs separately and/or together: in this case led by the conductor Stephen Layton.
"As director of TONUS PEREGRINUS, Antony Pitts’s spiritually-imbued sacred settings have evolved hand in hand with his vocal ensemble over the years... The result is a fascinating, multi-layered work that blends chant, polychoral elements and medieval and Renaissance polyphony with techniques drawn from more recent neo-tonal and minimalist styles."
Gramophone April 2018