A fortnight after Christmas we invite you to sing carols with NFM Choir soloists. Join our artists in this wonderful tradition and listen to a talk about Christmas rituals cultivated in various parts of Europe.
A big and feisty skirmish erupted at the end of a concert at the Law Faculty of Buenos Aires University, featuring a symphony by Astor Piazzolla. The listeners were indignant at Piazzolla adding two bandoneons to the classical line-up. It was not the only instance when Piazzolla’s work had been misunderstood. ‘We are not wild about him here in Argentina, as his music is rather weird,’ some Argentinians admit even today.
San Casimiro Re di Polonia (i.e. Saint Casimir the King of Poland) is an oratorio composed by Alessandro Scarlatti on the commission of Marie Casimir Sobieski, widow of King John III Sobieski. Scarlatti was interested in Polish culture and held the post of the Queen’s harpsichordist for some time.
Pierrot fait fou avec la lune, or in free translation Pierrot has fooled with the moon was to be the title of Claude Debussy’s new work which in the end was entitled simply a Sonata for cello and piano. The mysterious piece, full of vague hints, is one of the last three works of the great Impressionist.
Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, alongside Bach’s Mass in B minor and Mozart’s Requiem and Great Mass in C minor, is considered one of the finest masterworks of sacred music.