Paradisi porte

The Music of the Angels
from Hans Memling's Altar Triptych

Tuesday 16. 07. 2024 | 20.00 The Church of Our Lady and Slavic Saints
Vyšehradská 49/320, Praha 1 – Nové Město, 128 00
Without intermission


Guillaume Dufay (1397–1474)
Fuga duorum temporum
Hymnus Proles de caelo
Hymnus Ad cenam agni providi
Jacob Obrecht (1457/1458–1505)
Chanson Den haghel ende die calde snee
Gilles Binchois (ca 1400–1460)
Motet Virgo rosa
John Dunstaple (1390–1453)
Motet Christe sanctorum – Tibi Christe
Canticum Magnificat secondi toni
Prosa Ave Maria gracia plena
Introitus In excelso throno
Sequentia Alma cohors Domini
Graduale Tollite portas
Sequens Ave mundi spes Maria
Basse danse Paradisi Porte
Improperia Popule meus
Basse danse Danse de Cleves
Antiphona Paradisi porte
and others


Tiburtina Ensemble
Barbora Kabátková – soprano, artistic director
Ivana Bilej Brouková, Tereza Böhmová – soprano
Daniela Čermáková, Anna Chadimová Havlíková – alto
Hana Blažíková – soprano, Gothic harp
Kateřina Ghannudi – Gothic harp
Vojtěch Jakl – fiddle, tromba marina
Kristýna Kosíková – organetto
Oltremontano Antwerpen
Wim Becu – buisine, trompette des ménestrels, artistic director
Anna-Liisa Eller – psaltery, kannel, arpanetta
Paul Kieffer – lute
Elisabeth Schollaert – shawm
Raphäel Robyns – clareta, trompette des ménestrels


The famous altarpiece-triptych by the Flemish painter Hans Memling, “God the Father with Singing and Music-Making Angels”, was painted around 1490. Wim Becu, the artistic director of the Oltremontano Antwerpen ensemble, was inspired by the depiction of this heavenly concert and initiated an exact reconstruction of the instruments depicted (fiddle, tromba marina, psaltery, harp, lute, organetto, clareta, trompette des ménestrels, shawm).
All these instruments will be heard, together with the angelic voices of the female members of the Tiburtina Ensemble under the direction of Barbora Kabátková, in compositions from late 15th century sources, mainly from Bruges, Belgium, which is the music that immediately surrounded Memling. The carefully constructed and ingeniously designed programme will be performed in the unparalleled spiritual milieu of the Church of Our Lady and Slavic Saints of the Emmaus Monastery.
The musical experience will be enhanced by the visual impression of Memling’s triptych, a reproduction of which will be placed on stage.


The Church of Our Lady and Slavic Saints

Vyšehradská 49/320, Praha 1 – Nové Město, 128 00

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Partners of the concert

The concert is held with the kind support of the Flemish government.