Respighi, Lauda per la Nativitá del Signore (Laud to the Nativity)
December 16, 2011
Ottorino Respighi was one of the great orchestral colorists of the 20th century, famous for symphonic poems, including Pines of Rome. His Laud to the Nativity, based on a 13th century poem, is a beautiful pastoral cantata depicting the birth of Jesus. Set for chorus with vocal soloists, a small wind ensemble, and piano, the work uses madrigals and plainchant to evoke an ancient simplicity while incorporating vivid modern harmonies and beautiful orchestral colors.
The concert includes traditional carols and sing-alongs in the second half.