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Christmas Spectacular



Musica Sacra’s debut performance was a Christmas concert in December 1998 at St Michael’s, Remuera, and since then the choir’s annual Christmas concert, almost always on the last Saturday before Christmas, has become an established fixture in Auckland’s musical scene. As audiences grew the venue changed to Holy Sepulchre, Khyber Pass and then to St Patrick’s Cathedral; in 2010, with the arrival of the superb new organ, we moved to the Town Hall for our thirteenth Christmas concert, a ‘Christmas Spectacular’ with the brass and percussion from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. This recording presents selections from the programmes of that concert and of the 2011 Christmas Spectacular concert. This is not a live concert recording: it was made in sessions in July and September 2011.

Christmas Spectacular


"What sets this stunning CD apart from the plethora of similar Christmas choir and organ CDs is that it avoids the often over-reverberant, stained-glass window sound-world of distant, ethereal Cathedral organs, boys and men choir and liturgical carol services. Instead, we are in the quite different, concert-hall acoustics of Auckland Town Hall, listening to the splendid Klais-rebuilt civic organ, symphony orchestra brass and percussion players, and a mixed-voice concert choir which can be puckish and playful as well as religioso and reverent." Martin Setchell writing in ORGANZ [periodical publication of the Organists Association of New Zealand]