Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noël
- Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 96 'The Miracle'
- Franz Schubert Second Mass in G
- Camille Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël
In 1860, Camille Saint-Saëns composed his Oratorio de Noël for five vocal soloists, mixed choir, strings, organ and harp. The work, sung in Latin, is based on texts from the Old and New Testaments, the Psalms and Gospels, as well as the Catholic Christmas liturgy. This Christmas oratorio has become one of Saint-Saëns' most performed works thanks to its pastoral atmosphere, chamber music-like instrumentation and lyrical solo parts. The opening work is Haydn's London Symphony No. 96, which owes its nickname to the premiere when a candlestick caused a fire that was 'miraculously' extinguished. It is followed by Franz Schubert's Second Mass, which he composed in one week at the age of 18 for a mourning service in the village church of Liechtental near Vienna.