Christmas Concert

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A Baroque music legend turns the Tonkunstler's Christmas Concerts with the Arnold Schoenberg Choir into a festival: for decades, the Dutch conductor Ton Koopman has been an authority in inspired and historically informed music making. Through his benchmark interpretations, he has made a decisive contribution to the world's image of Johann Sebastian Bach. He brings two of the master's important choral cantatas to this Christmas celebration in Grafenegg, complemented with the third orchestral suite, with its popular «Air». The concert comes to a grand finish with Handel's sparkling «Music for the Royal Fireworks».

Program and cast

Instrumentation

 

Tonkunstler Orchestra

Ruby Hughes, soprano

Maarten Engeltjes, altus

Nils Giebelhausen, tenor

Jesse Blumberg, baritone

Arnold Schoenberg Choir

Ton Koopman, conductor

 

Programme

 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
«Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland» Cantata BWV 62
Suite (Overture) for Orchestra No. 3 in D major BWV 1068
Christmas Oratorio BWV 248, Cantata No. 1 («For the first day of Christmas»)

 

GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL
Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV 351

Grafenegg Festival, Austria

The Grafenegg Music Festival is a new major international Austrian festival for classical music close to Vienna. The annual festival takes place on the grounds of Grafenegg Castle. Two major venues have been built for the festival in the park of the castle: The open-air stage Wolkenturm (capacity 1,730, opened 2007) as well as the new concert hall Auditorium (capacity 1,372, opened 2008).

The artistic director is pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. The festival's program consists of symphonic and chamber music as well as recitals. International guest orchestras are performing as well as the Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra, which serves as orchestra in residence. The first festival started on August, 23rd, 2007 and lasted until September, 9th, 2007.

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