PROGRAMME 2010

Haendel: le Messie

Pour fêter ses vingt ans d'existence, l'ensemble vocal Fleur d'Espine a programmé cette année une grande oeuvre du répertoire vocal. (voir affiche du programme)
Si cet oratorio fait partie aujourd'hui des oeuvres les plus célèbres du compositeur, il fut finalement peu joué de son vivant .
Ecrite en 24 jours et créée à Dublin en 1742, cette importante partition comporte 53 numéros dont 20 dédiés aux choeurs. Il est souvent d'usage de ne donner qu'une partie de l'oeuvre en concert, soit pendant la période de l'Avent, soit pendant la semaine sainte, comme à l'époque du compositeur. Haendel en écrivit plusieurs versions, retravaillant certaines parties, notamment celles des solistes, pour s'adapter aux circonstances d'exécution comme aux capacités des musiciens. Loin des effectifs pléthoriques de certaines interprétations, l'ensemble vocal Fleur d'Espine, accompagné de l'orchestre départemental de l'Aude, proposera sa version du Messie, sans doute plus proche de l'interprétation originale.

 

Part I

# Title Type  
1
Overture  
2
Comfort ye my people Recitative for Tenor
3
Every valley shall be exalted Air for Tenor
4
And the glory of the Lord Chorus
5
Thus saith the Lord Recitative for Bass
6
But who may abide the day of His coming? Air for Bass
7
And He shall purify Chorus
8
Behold! a virgin shall conceive Recitative for Alto
9
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion Air for Alto, and Chorus
10
For behold, darkness shall
cover the earth
Recitative for Bass
11
The people that walked in darkness Air for Bass
12
For unto us a Child is born Chorus
13
Pastoral Symphony  
14

There were shepherds abiding in the field; And lo!
the angel of the Lord came upon them

Recitative for Soprano
15
And the angel said unto them Recitative for Soprano
16
And suddenly there was with the angel Recitative for Soprano
17
Glory to God Chorus
18
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Air for Soprano
19
Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened Recitative for Alto
22
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd Air for Alto, and Soprano
21
His yoke is easy, and His burthen is light Chorus

Part II

# Title Type  
22
Behold the lamb of God Chorus
23
He was despised Air for Alto
24
Surely He hath borne our griefs Chorus
25
And with His stripes we are healed Chorus
26
All we like sheep have gone astray Chorus
27
All they that see Him, laugh Him to scorn Recitative for Tenor
28
He trusted in God that He would deliver Him Chorus
29
Thy rebuke hath broken His heart Recitative for Tenor
30
Behold, and see if there be any sorrow Air for Tenor
31
He was cut off out of the land of the living Recitative for Tenor
32
But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell Air for Tenor
33
Lift up your heads, O ye gates Chorus
34
Unto which of the angels said He Recitative for Tenor
35
Let all the angels of God worship Him Chorus
36
Thou art gone up on high Air for Bass
37
The Lord gave the word Chorus
38
How beautiful are the feet of them Air for Soprano
39
Their sound is gone out into all lands Chorus
40
Why do the nations so furiously rage together? Air for Bass
41
Let us break their bonds asunder Chorus
42
He that dwelleth in heaven Recitative for Tenor
43
Thou shalt break them Air for Tenor
44
Hallelujah! Chorus

Part III

# Title Type  
45
I know that my Redeemer liveth Air for Soprano
46
Since man came by death Chorus
47
Behold, I tell you a mystery Recitative for Bass
48
The trumpet shall sound Air for Bass
49
Then shall be brought to pass Recitative for Alto
50
O death, where is thy sting? Duet for Alto and Tenor
51
But thanks be to God Chorus
52
If God be for us, who can be against us? Air for Soprano
53
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain Chorus