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Holland Baroque & Ensemble Polyharmonique – ‘Sternstunde’

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Holland Baroque & Ensemble Polyharmonique - 'Sternstunde' Christmas! Anticipating the afterlife, Christmas used to be celebrated musically and exuberantly. Beautiful pieces recounting the feast in moving cantatas, concertos, motets etc.

Holland Baroque & Ensemble Polyharmonique - 'Sternstunde' - a great miracle in a musical moment


In anticipation of the afterlife, Christmas used to be celebrated musically exuberantly. The tension between heaven and earth, the beginning of something new and looking forward to eternal life, is beautifully preserved in especially much Northern European music of the 17th century.

Even today, it still sounds incredibly festive - Christmas! Both in the German-speaking region and in the Low Countries, there is an unprecedented amount of often unknown Christmas repertoire. Beautiful pieces telling the feast in moving cantatas, concertos, motets and instrumental sonatas. Again and again, we hear the story of the star and the hour of expectation: Sternstunde.

Ensemble Polyharmonique is a soloist collective and rising star in the German vocal Baroquesky. Their speciality is the early Baroque, German-language repertoire. Together with them, Holland Baroque presents an imaginative programme of composers including Hammerschmidt, Knupfer, Praetorius, Rosenmüller and Schütz. Dutch repertoire from the same era will also be featured.

The whole is laced with folk Christmas carols in good Northern European tradition. The old Christmas call "Noe, Noe!" spreads the good news with music that sparkles and warms.

Programme Works by Andreas Hammerschmidt, Johann Rosenmüller and Heinrich Schütz.

Ensemble Polyharmonique is a collective of singers from Europe's diverse early music scene. Vocal music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods forms the ensemble's core repertoire. In recent years, the ensemble has been invited to the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Bachfest Leipzig, Meer Stemmig Gent, Musica Divina Mechelen, Les Nuits de Septembre Liège, Thüringer Bachwochen and the Heinrich Schütz Musikfest, among others.

until 14 December 2023
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Here you will find Holland Baroque & Ensemble Polyharmonique – ‘Sternstunde’

Grote of Jacobijner Kerk
Bredeplaats 410
8911 EP Leeuwarden
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