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La Grande Chapelle performs music by José de Nebra at Los Jerónimos

A concert of Christmas Responsories by José de Nebra (1752), organised by the CEEH, Fundación Tatiana and the Centro Europeo de la Música, will take place at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 13 December at the church of San Jerónimo el Real in Madrid.

Directed by Albert Recasens, La Grande Chapelle is giving the modern-day premiere of the Christmas matins responsories composed by Calatayud-born José de Nebra (1702–1768), the most important and acclaimed Spanish musician of the mid-1700s, who became deputy master and first organist of the Royal Chapel, the main musical institution at the court. This piece was performed in the same church on Christmas Eve 1752, in the presence of King Ferdinand VI and Queen Bárbara of Braganza.

The concert is being recorded by RNE-Radio Clásica to be broadcast on 24 December. Both the brochure and the libretto in the CD that the Lauda record company is bringing out in 2024 include a text by Eva Sandoval, a musicologist who has studied José de Nebra and codirector of the Café Zimmermann radio show.