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Bach: Magnificat

Friday December 20th 2019
8.30 pm | 2h10 with intermission

Cast

Maria Keohane Soprano
Michaela Selinger Soprano
Robin Blaze Alto
James Oxley Tenor
Stephan MacLeod Bass

La Chapelle Harmonique
Valentin Tournet Musical conductor

Presentation

For the vespers of his first Christmas in Leipzig on December 25th 1723, Bach chose to give the cantata Christen, ätzet diesen Tag (BWV 63) and the Magnificat at the Nikolaikirche. This first version of the Magnificat in E flat major, is played with four lauds recounting part of the story of Christmas, interspersed within the movements of the Magnificat.

There are also variations in the instrumentation: recorders, and not the traverso flutes of the later version, have a more pastoral tone to accompany the “Esurientes”; the trumpet, and not the oboe, intone the tonus peregrinus of “Suscepit Israel”. It is easy to see why Bach chose cantata BWV 63 to go with his Magnificat: an inspired composition which begins and ends with impressive chorales was exactly the right work for the occasion. It brought together the greatest number of musicians since Bach’s arrival in the position in Leipzig six months before: four trumpets, timbals and three oboes, in addition to the chorale in four parts and strings.

This cantata is preceded by cantata BWV 62 for the first Sunday in Advent. The pieces presented here immerse us in the unique atmosphere which reigned in Luther’s country at Christmas time, a sweet mixture of joy, hope and admiration before the miracle of Incarnation.


PROGRAMME

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1759)

Cantate Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland 
Cantate Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben 
Magnificat in E flat major for Christmas Day

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Prices

Catégorie 3

20€ to 25€
Web Carte CVS
20€
Web Tarif -26 ans
20€
Web Tarif Plein
25€

Catégorie 2

38€ to 45€
Web Carte CVS
38€
Web Tarif -26 ans
38€
Web Tarif Plein
45€

Catégorie 1

50€ to 60€
Web Carte CVS
50€
Web Tarif -26 ans
50€
Web Tarif Plein
60€

Prestige

85€ to 98€
Web Carte CVS
85€
Web Tarif -26 ans
85€
Web Tarif Plein
98€

Prestige VIP

110€
Web Tarif Plein
110€

PRESTIGE CATEGORY: Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY: Best seats in house with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).

Holders of the 2 day Chateau de Versailles passport: reduced rate applicable to reservation by telephone only at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 or directly on site on the day of the event (subject to availability). 
→ Detailed conditions on the Chateau de Versailles website

To ensure the best welcome possible, people with limited mobility are advised to book their seats by telephone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89.

In case of any technical problem, the box office service remain available to complete your order by phone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 (Monday-Friday from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm).

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