Christmas at the Royal Chapel
The period of Christmas concentrates the most human part of Christianism, the birth of Jesus. Around this birth, the time of Advent and Epiphany illustrate the attitudes of men and power: from the Flight into Egypt to the Wise Kings, a potent imagery is at play.
The 2017 edition will begin with Praetorius's magnificent Christmas Mass, a flamboyant ceremony revived by Paul McCreesh, as it could have illuminated a Christmas morning in Germany around 1600, with a choir of children and the congregation responding. This commission by Versailles will also mark the beginning of our ceremonies celebrating the 500th anniversary of Protestantism.
Charpentier’s Pastorale de Noël is at the heart of the subject of Nativity, thanks to the extraordinary sensitivity of its music and the use of French, making the history of Jesus more accessible.
Also a host of masterpieces: Handel’s Messiah as seen by Jordi Savall, Monteverdi’s Selva Morale e Spirituale served by William Christie, Purcell’s grand religious odes conducted by Hervé Niquet.
The period of Christmas is celebrated with the most beautiful sacred music.