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Theresienmesse & Magnificat

Theresienmesse & Magnificat

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  • Sun 3 Jul ’16, 3:00pm


Dunedin Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Golden Circle (no concessions): $50.00
  • Circle or Gallery Adult: $45.00
  • Circle or Gallery Concession: $35.00
  • Circle or Gallery Student with ID: $15.00
  • Circle or Gallery School age child: $0.00
  • Stalls Adult: $35.00
  • Stalls Concession: $30.00
  • Stalls Student with ID: $15.00
  • Stalls School age child: $0.00

David Burchell - conductor
City Choir Dunedin
Dunedin Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Lois Johnston (soprano), Claire Barton (mezzo-soprano), James Adams (tenor), Matthew Landreth (bass).

Joseph Haydn: "Theresienmesse"
CPE Bach: "Magnificat"

Haydn’s "Theresienmesse" was composed late in his life, after his final ‘London’ symphonies, and a year after he completed both "The Creation" and the "Missa in Angustiis" or ‘Nelson Mass’, and it possesses similar qualities of tunefulness, variety, rhythmic energy, contrapuntal skill and colourful orchestration. It is a joyful festive work, written to celebrate the name-day of the wife of his patron Prince Esterhazy, and to demonstrate the high status of the Prince’s court at a time when Haydn was at the peak of his fame and creative powers.

Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bachʼs "Magnificat" is an extended setting of the Hymn of Mary, which is an integral part of the service of Vespers in both the Roman Catholic and Lutheran church. Composed for a festal occasion, this is an exuberant and tuneful work, with extended virtousic and dramatic arias for each of the four soloists. It was his first major choral work, and was clearly inspired by his father Johann Sebastian’s setting of the same text; Bach returned to the work towards the end of his life, enhancing the orchestration and performing it several times.

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