In December, the Principality's Department of Cultural Affairs is presenting concerts of Baroque music at the Visitation Chapel, as a prelude to the Christmas season. This year, for the first time, the public will be invited to enjoy three concerts.
Tuesday 3 December 2019
Creatio Divina - Splendours of sacred music for Christmas time
by Les Voix Animées, conducted by Luc Coadou
Roland de Lassus and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, the two great figures of polyphony in the second half of the 16th century, met in Rome in 155. The influence of the two Masters then spread to all the European chapels, where great polyphony reached its peak. Les Voix Animées, an ensemble of six a cappella voices, offers a journey from Rome to London, via Madrid, Seville, Dresden, Munich and Brussels, in a programme on the theme of the Nativity.
Wednesday 4 December 2019
Christmas from Venice to Salzburg
by Le Parlement de Musique, conducted by Martin Gester
In Italy, Austria and the Alpine regions, Christmas is sung in the style of shepherds' music, i.e. "pastoral" music that evokes the melodies of musettes (as in "Il est né ..."), alpenhorns and bagpipes.
Christmas, with all the grace that flows from this enchanting and sometimes virtuosic music, is a celebration of simplicity, of all that is natural and of our childhood.
Thursday 5 December 2019
From Advent to the Nativity: A Baroque Christmas in Versailles,
by Les Paladins, conducted by Jérôme Correas
A magnificent closing programme with works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Michel-Richard Delalande and Henri Dumont for three male voices, two violins, viola da gamba and organ. An evocation of the Christmas music that was performed in the Royal Chapel of the Palace of Versailles!
Visitation Chapel - Place de la Visitation - Monaco-Ville
Admission free subject to availability - Doors open at 8 p.m.