Music of Empire and Faith: The Gulbenkian Choir

Immerse yourself in sacred choral music from seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe, performed by Lisbon’s outstanding Gulbenkian Choir. This performance was held in conjunction with the exhibition Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries, which was on view at the Sackler Gallery in 2007. The program features Baroque church music that parallels the Christian artwork created under Portuguese influence in India, China, and Japan. Included are works by Portuguese composers Pero de Gamboa and Francisco António de Almeida, as well as famed Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti, who spent nine years as royal chapel master to the King of Portugal. This performance was recorded on June 23, 2007, in conjunction with the exhibition Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries. It was made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

See images, program notes and related artwork at http://archive.asia.si.edu/podcasts

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