Summer Oratorio

Carissimi: Jepthe; Charpentier: Le reinement de saint pierre.

Conductor: Luke Mitchell

New College Chapel
7 June 2023
£12/£5 concession – Tickets are available from Ticketsource

The concert presents two short oratorios of the 17th century by Carissimi (Jephte) and his student Charpentier. These are framed by two extraordinary works by De Lalande, written for the funerals of Louis XIV’s children. These ‘grands motets’, settings of the De Profundis and Dies Irae as requiems, draw on rich orchestration and choral forces to deliver some of the richest choral music of the baroque, achieving beauty and devastation in majesty, as the oratorio works do in their sparse biblical tragedy.