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Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noël

Programme

  • Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 96 'The Miracle'
  • Franz Schubert Second Mass in G
  • Camille Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël

In 1860, Camille Saint-Saëns composed his Oratorio de Noël for five vocal soloists, mixed choir, strings, organ and harp. The work, sung in Latin, is based on texts from the Old and New Testaments, the Psalms and Gospels, as well as the Catholic Christmas liturgy. This Christmas oratorio has become one of Saint-Saëns' most performed works thanks to its pastoral atmosphere, chamber music-like instrumentation and lyrical solo parts. The opening work is Haydn's London Symphony No. 96, which owes its nickname to the premiere when a candlestick caused a fire that was 'miraculously' extinguished. It is followed by Franz Schubert's Second Mass, which he composed in one week at the age of 18 for a mourning service in the village church of Liechtental near Vienna.

Date:
Friday 18 December 2020
Time:
8:15 pm
Intermission:
Yes
Location:
TivoliVredenburg

Utrecht
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Large Hall

Performers

Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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Vasili Petrenko - Photo by Mark_McNulty
Vasily Petrenko
Conductor
Netherlands Radio Choir
Choir
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Michael Alber
Choir conductor
Liv Redpath
Soprano
Iris van Wijnen
Mezzo-soprano
Claudia Huckle
Alt
Alessandro Fisher
Tenor
Andreas Wolf
Bass

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