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Musiespaña artists celebrate Christmas with works by Händel, Bach and Berlioz
Mar, 10/12/2013
Musiespaña conductors and soloists are to celebrate Christmas with significant works from the season’s repertoire, including Händel’s Messiah; The Childhood of Christ, by Hector Berlioz; and Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Beethoven and Orff will also be on December’s programme, completing the month’s musical offerings.
Autógrafo de la partitura de "El Mesías", de Händel
Autógrafo de la partitura de "El Mesías", de Händel

Musiespaña conductors and soloists are to celebrate Christmas with significant works from the season’s repertoire, including Händel’s Messiah; The Childhood of Christ, by Hector Berlioz; and Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Beethoven and Orff will also be on December’s programme, completing the month’s musical offerings.

As is the norm at this time of the year, the work that takes the palm in the Christmas repertoire is Händel’s Messiah, conducted by Carlos Kalmar with the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra and Choir, in Madrid’s Teatro Monumental, on the 12th and 13th of December. Kalmar will have tenor Agustín Prunell-Friend as one of the starring performers. Another performance will be given by the Orchestra of the City of Granada and different choir assemblies at the Auditorio Manuel de Falla on the 13th and 14th, with Musiespaña singers Josep Miquel Ramón and Gustavo Peña. Finally, the Valencia Orchestra will perform the work at the Palau de la Música in that city on the 13th of December, featuring Elena de la Merced, Alfredo García and Juan Antonio Sanabria, among other soloists.

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, is to be performed by the Orchestre d’Auvergne and the Generalitat Valenciana Choir in the French towns of Yzeure and Clermont-Ferrand on the 19th and the 20th of December, with Musiespaña soloists Elena de la Merced and Josep Miquel Ramón. On the 19th, the 20th and the 21st of December, the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra and Choir, directed by its principal conductor Carlos Kalmar, will offer the traditional Christmas Concert at its home venue in Madrid’s Teatro Monumental, where the Cantata criolla, by Antonio Estévez, is to be performed, featuring tenor César Augusto Gutiérrez as soloist.

Another great choral symphony fresco is The Childhood of Christ, by Hector Berlioz, which will be performed by the Barcelona and National Catalonian Symphony Orchestra and the Madrigal and Lieder Càmera choirs, directed by the ensemble’s principal conductor Pablo González, on the 20th, the 21st and the 22nd of December at the Barcelona Auditori. Musiespaña tenor Agustín Prunell-Friend will once again be starring in the performance.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, an emblematic work in the choir and orchestra repertoire, is also to be performed in the last weeks of the year in Bilbao and Madrid. In the first of those cities, Günter Neuhold will be conducting Beethoven’s Choral with the Bilbao Orchestra and the Bilbao Choral Society on the 19th and the 20th of December, featuring Jacquelyn Wagner, Clara Mouriz and Gustavo Peña, among others. Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos will conduct the symphony as part of the traditional Christmas Concert with the Madrid Symphony Orchestra and the Spanish National Choir, with soloists Jacquelyn Wagner, Cristina Faus, Albert Montserrat and Robert Holl, on the 29th of December at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid.

Finally, Frühbeck de Burgos is to conduct the Spanish National Orchestra and Choir in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana on the weekend of the 20th, 21st and 22nd of December, with soloists Auxiliadora Toledano, Carlos Mena and Jochen Kupfer.