• Le Messie © Le Concert Spirituel
    Le Messie © Le Concert Spirituel
  • Sandrine Piau © Sandrine Expilly
    Sandrine Piau © Sandrine Expilly
  • Messie à Versailles
    Messie à Versailles

Monday 23 December 2019#, 8.30pm
Philharmonie de Paris
Concert participatif


Sandrine Piau / Katherine Watson* / Karina Gauvin#, soprano
Anthea Pichanick / Sonia Prina#, mezzo-soprano
Krešimir Špicer / Rupert Charlesworth#, tenor
Božidar Smiljanić# / Andreas Wolf*, baryton-bass
Le Concert Spirituel, choir and orchestra
Hervé Niquet, conductor

Timing: 2h30 with intermission

At Versailles: Fragrance creation in partnership with Le Concert Spirituel, Design Désirable, Emotic, La Guilde and IFF(International Flavors & Fragrances)

An oratorio not to be missed!

Handel's popular work The Messiah is no longer to be presented, as are his suites Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. The Messiah was composed in 1741 by Handel, it refers to the resurrection of the Messiah and the redemption, and is famous notably for its Alleluia choir and its great arias as "I know that my reemer liveth" for soprano.

Originally composed and performed for Easter, today and since Handel's death, The Messiah is usually performed during Advent, in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The work baffled the English at the time, notably by its orchestration and its abundance of choirs (which, on the contrary, seduced the Irish). If the King of England rose at the premiere of the Messiah, propelled by the explosion of joy of the Alleluia, it was not until after 1750 that this sublime work met, in London, the public success it deserves, and since then, until today, this essential work is one of the most appreciated baroque pieces in the world.

Le Messie
DVD label Château de Versailles Spectacles