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Performances at the Royal Opera and the Royal Chapel will not be canceled during the national strike.
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Praetorius: Christmas Mass

Saturday December 21st 2019
1h25 without intermission

Cast

Les Pages et les Chantres du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles (conducted by Olivier Schneebeli)
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Paul McCreesh Musical conductor

Presentation

For the faithfuls’ greatest joy, here is a festive Christmas Mass, as could be heard in a large Lutheran church of North Germany around 1620.

Michael Praetorius, active from 1590 to 1621, was the most fertile German composer of his generation. At the beginning of the 17th century, he created exceptional music, which became prevalent in all North Germany, because of its very modern style and melodies very inspired by Italian models. The music for this Mass for Christmas Morning is based on Lutheran tradition, where the assembly take an active part in the musical ceremony, notably for the grand chorales, directly taken from Luther’s corpus. The music is also cleverly designed to enable children’s choirs and amateur ones to take part in the interpretation of the score, to create an extraordinary musical communion.

With alternating monumental and spectacular pieces and Italian arias for soloists, Praetorius sets the texts – German or Latin depending on their destination – within a very rich instrumental composition. He also recommends to place the interpreters in different positions, so that the assembly (and audience) feel at the heart of this very brilliant liturgy, often interspersed with dance rhythms, of which Praetorius composed dozens! For a commission for Versailles, Paul McCreesh is reworking this Christmette, which he reconstructed in 1994 with his valiant Gabrieli Consort and Players (a legendary recording!), and is joined by the Pages et Chantres du CMBV (Pages and cantors of the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles) to give this composition the festive and popular dimension that makes it a remarkable fresco.


PROGRAMME

Michael Praetorius (1571–1621)
Christmas Mass

This programme has been recorded for the recording label Château de Versailles Spectacles → Buy the DVD here

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17€ to 20€
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20€

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63€
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63€
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75€

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90€
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90€

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, the Cercle of Rameau members 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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