Evening In Stavanger

I took the train into Stavanger last night to hear Handel’s “Messiah” at the cathedral. Nothing breathes Christmas in the music world like this great oratorio, and I was so glad to be going with friends.

The evening was still and quite warm – the streets were running with water from the newly melted snow, and the icy was mushy now, instead of being treacherously slippery.

Breiavatnet, the small lake just in front of the train station, was calm, and the reflections were crystal clear.Image

I had never before noticed this bench at the edge of the lake, bathed in lamplight.Image

Looking down toward the harbour –Image

The harbour was a sea of light.  This sailing ship has trees for sale.Image

The Stavanger Cathedral at night time.Image

The concert was exceptional – great and dynamic soloists, and a choir that included the youth choirs of the church.  The little boy sopranos looked so angelic (I know, don’t be fooled).  The small orchestra was also very good, and the acoustics in the church, which was built in the 12th century, are truly amazing.  I’m sure that there was not a bad seat in the house.

Just a week now until Christmas Eve, and I have been able to attend performances of both The Messiah and The Nutcracker Ballet.  Let the festivities begin.


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2 Responses to Evening In Stavanger

  1. travelwyse says:

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  2. I go to the Melbourne Philharmonic Choir’s performance of Messiah (almost) every year. Some years I’m more moved by the performance than others – this year was an off year for me. But nothing compares to feeling, rather than hearing, the big Melbourne Town Hall organ booming out in the choruses.

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