Sacred music concerts at Château de Versailles
The Royal Chapel ofwill host two sacred music concerts on the occasion of the Holy Week on April 6, 7 and 8, 2012.
Sacred Extravagances for 40 voices
Friday 6 April 2012 – 8.00 pm
Polychoral works by Striggio, Monteverdi and Benevoli
Le Concert Spirituel Conducted by Hervé Niquet
Spatial reconstruction of a Monumental baroque service for the Feast of Saint John at the Florence Cathedral of the beginning of the 17th century.
Using different choirs facing each other, each one accompanied by their own group of instruments, Hervé Niquet is reconstructing the architecture of the Royal Chapel in music, using it as a huge vertical sound space, and not in its traditional orientation “towards the altar”.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes with no intermission
The Saint Matthew Passion, Johan Sebastian Bach (1685-1759)
Saturday 7 April 2012 – 8.00 pm, Sunday 8 April 2012 – 5.00 pm
Johanna Winkel, Soprano, Elvira Bill, Mezzosoprano, Michael Mogl, Tenor
Dominik Wörner, Bass 1 & Jesus, Thilo Dahlmann, Bass 2 & Thieves, Manuel König, Evangelist
Kölner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum, Conducted by Peter Neumann
It is the peak of Bach’s work, probably premiered on Good Friday 1727 at the Saint Thomas Church in Leipzig, the historical home of music for almost three centuries. Performed several times during Bach’s lifetime, it spearheaded the rediscovery of Bach in the 19th century. Almost four hundred years after its premier, Felix Mendelssohn performed a version in Berlin, putting Bach back in first place in the heritage of German music, a position he has never left.
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes