Over the centuries, the Germans have got two things very right, their Christmas markets and their Christmas music, and Michael Praetorius’ offering to this legacy with his Christmas Mass is simply magnificent. Taking inspiration from the Venetian school, Praetorius surrounds the listener with a number of choral and instrumental groups, using virtuosic combinations of colour, vitality and excitement. The composer then ends the piece with the ‘almost’ surround sound, awe inspiring, 22 part In Dulce Jubilo.
The Corelli Concerto Grosso for two solo violins, Op. 6 No. 2 will open the concert. Perhaps the most mesmerising of Corelli’s Concerti Grossi, it is known as the ‘Christmas Concerto from 1690’ and is engraved ‘Fatto perla notte di Natale’ which translates as ‘made for the night of Christmas’.
Packed so richly with Baroque indulgence,melodies and incredible, relentless and plainly gorgeous suspensions, it is one of the finest examples of Baroque music in this form. ‘It is Italian!?!’ we hear you shout…The logic behind including this work in our German Christmas programme is this is that, whilst German musical styles dominated the composers in Europe across the centuries, Praetorius so clearly demonstrates that the influence on his music was simply Italian, so what better excuse to include this fabulous work by Corelli.
DIRECTOR | CHRISTOPHER MONKS
THE ENGLISH CORNETT & SACKBUT ENSEMBLE
PLEASE NOTE: This is a 1 hour performance with no interval
Please note: under the current guidelines face coverings must be worn within the performance venue at all times.
Generously supported by Tim Coghlan and Braunston Marina