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The mystery of Christmas

Directory

    Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium (1994) 6'‎
    Randol Alan Bass: The Night before Christmas (1988) 7’
    David Maslanka: Alex and the Phantom Band (2001) 17’
    Toshio Mashima: Dream in the Silent Night (1992) 9'
    Salvador Brotons: Nadales catalanes (Catalan Christmas Carols), Op. 76 (1998) 12'

Performers

    Banda Municipal de Barcelona

    Berta Vidal, narrator
    Carlos Ramón, conductor
    • €14 / €9 reduced price
    • Hall 2 Oriol Martorell
    • BMB Season

    Christmas demands room for familiar things: the tastes and smells of traditional dishes, early nights drawing in, the excitement of opening presents or listening to seasonal tunes. Brotons’ Nadales catalanes has become a yuletide classic, partly because it includes a number of widely recognised popular songs, such as El petit vailet, L’àngel i els pastors and El cant dels ocells, among others, and partly because the score ends with the overwhelming energy of the first few notes of La santa espina.

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    Program

    With a different character but the same message, the first movement of the Valencian composer Ferrer Ferran’s Symphony No. 2 describes, through verses from the Gospel according to St. Matthew, the birth of the baby Jesus and the events of the sacred story until his baptism in the river Jordan. A powerfully expressive work that will leave no one unmoved. The concert ends with other Christmas-inspired works, some of them festive and others of extreme delicacy, such as Lauridsen’s responsorial chant O Magnum Misterium.

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