In nativitatem Domini canticum – A French Baroque Christmas
Monday, 15 December, 2014 - 19:30
Following the success of their debut recording of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s sacred music, Oxford Baroque return to the Festival for a third successive year, with a suitably festive French baroque programme. The performance includes the familiar Charpentier favourite, the Messe de minuit, with its joyous dancing Christmas ‘noëls’, alongside the beautifully evocative oratorio-motet In nativitatem Domini canticum, which brings to life the wonder and joy of the shepherds and angels of the Christmas story. These are drawn together by the stylish Noëls sur les instruments for flutes, strings and continuo, as intended by the composer.
Rapidly gaining attention as one of the most exciting early music ensembles active today, Oxford Baroque has marked out a characteristically vibrant sound. Set to be an especially magical concert, this is the perfect introduction to get you in the Christmas spirit.
“Ably directed by Jeremy Summerly, whose scholarship, musicianship and enthusiasm permeated the performance … an exciting set-up of young, professional early music specialists … Oxford Baroque is one ensemble to watch closely.” Bachtrack