A busy Christmas for the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra

In the next few days – on Friday 15 and Sunday 17 December – the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra will be giving two very different concerts, both including first performances.

On the Friday 15 December, at 20:30 in the Auditorium Rainier III, Thomas Dausgaard conducts a programme of Albert Schnelzer, Elgar and Nielsen. The Nielsen is the 4th Symphony, called “The Inextinguishable”, a rarity, and being presented in the Principality for the first time, and the Elgar cello concerto with Truls Mork on cello.  Schnelzer’s piece “A Freak in Burbank” is also being heard here for the first time. The concert carries the title “Aurore Boréale” and André Peyrègne will be giving an introductory talk at 19:30. The Amis de l’Orchestre are putting on free buses after the event.

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On the Sunday a concert termed “spiritual” is also a full Christmas Concert – with Bach. Musicians of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by Julia-Sophie Wagner (soprano) and Matthias Persson (trumpet), conducted by Achim Fiedler in an interesting programme of works by Handel, Bach and Honegger.  This is at 16:00 in the Eglise Saint-Charles, Monaco, and is free; worth getting there in time to be sure of a seat.

Handel opens and closes the programme, his Suite for Trumpet and Strings to begin and to close, with the same forces as well as the soprano, “Let the bright seraphim” from Samson, a rousing send-off into the Christmassy cold.  Honegger is represented by a Largo for strings, and, both for the first time in Monaco, his Hymn for an ensemble of ten strings and a “Prelude, Arioso and Fughetta on the name Bach”.  The true Bach appears in various arias and extracts.  An interesting programme, all in all.

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