Danish ensemble Musica Ficta to perform Christmas concert at Warsaw Philharmonic
December is coming on, Christmas is getting near, and what would the celebrations of Christmas be, without all our favorite Christmas songs to evoke the Christmas spirit? Christmas music – modern pop songs as well as classic carols – has a unique ability to connect us to nostalgia and tradition, and to bring forth the happy and loving side in all of us, in the shortest and darkest days of the year.
This Christmas, Warsaw will host Danish vocal ensemble Musica Ficta, who since 1996 has been specializing in keeping alive the classical music of the late Italian Renaissance as well as the Danish Romanticism. The ensemble is led by Bo Holten, and they have a highly thematic approach to the musical traditions, often focusing on bringing to the fore the historical, philosophical, or literary contexts of the music they perform.
At their concert at the Warsaw Philharmonic on December 4th, Musica Ficta will perform Hodie Christus natus est, written in 1575 by 16th century Italian composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. To put the music of this highly important composer in perspective, the ensemble and Bo Holten will pair it with a musical tradition far removed both in history and geography: classical Danish Christmas songs from the 19th century. Musica Ficta thereby places themselves in the 21st century, by juxtaposing two different musical and historical cultures, with the aim of building bridges between traditions, as well as broadening the horizon of their audience.