A journey across time: from the sublime, soaring melodies of the 12th-century abbess and mystic Hildegard von Bingen, to the sunshine of J.S. Bach’s motet ‘Be Not Afraid’ (Fürchte dich nicht), and on to Benjamin Britten’s enchanting cantata Saint Nicolas.
Nicolas was the original Santa Claus, but this is no story of fat men in white-trimmed red suits! The saint’s gifts were of a different order altogether: calming the crashing seas to save a boat from shipwreck, feeding a starving crowd with a single sack of corn, and bringing back to life three murdered boys whose pickled flesh was about to be served up as dinner!
Britten tells this larger-than-life tale of miracles and legends in music bright with colour, bold in vision, and full of wonder and joy.
Sydney Chamber Choir
Santa Sabina Chamber Choir
NSW Public Schools Singers
NSW Public Schools Percussion Ensemble
Hildegard von Bingen
Selections from Canticles of Ecstasy
Motet – Fürchte Dich Nicht