O is for Advent

O is for Advent

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 19:00

On the eve of the last countdown to Christmas, the Welsh Camerata celebrates an ancient Christian tradition. An antiphon is sung as a prelude to the singing of the Magnificat at Vespers on each of the last 7 days of Advent. Each acclaims a name of Christ, and each text begins with ‘O’, leading to them being known collectively as the ‘O’ Antiphons or the ‘Great Os’.

This concert compresses all seven into one evening, with the original chants followed by settings of the same words by composers from the 16th, 17th and 21st centuries. The concert culminates in Monteverdi's glorious setting of the Magnificat from 1640.

Refreshments will be served after the concert.

O Sapientia
Robert Ramsey (1612-1644)
O Adonai
Pierre Certon (c.1510-1572)
O Radix Jesse
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1634-1704)
O Radix Jesse from Antiphonae (O Antiphons)
Pawel Lukaszewski (1968-)
O clavis David
Antoine De Mornable (c1510- 1550)
O Schlüssel Davids from Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen, '7 Magnificat Antiphons'
Arvo Pärt (1935-)
O Oriens
Carlo Gesualdo (c1561-1613)
O radiant dawn from Strathclyde Motets
Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
O rex gentium
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1634-1704)
O König aller Völker from Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen, '7 Magnificat Antiphons'
Arvo Pärt (1935-)
O Emanuel
Pierre de Manchicourt (c1510-1564)
O Immanuel
Andrew Wilson-Dickson ()
Magnificat Secondo from Selva morale e spirituale
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)


All Saints Church, Oystermouth
Mumbles Road
Swansea SA3 4BZ
United Kingdom
51° 35' 9.5424" N, 4° 0' 1.5624" W
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