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The Swedish trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger and his compatriot soprano Miah Persson join Amsterdam Sinfonietta for a festive and varied Christmas programme based on Bernhard Krol’s Magnificat Variations for trumpet and string orchestra. Persson truly shines in Händel’s superb Eternal Source of Light Divine, accompanied by a lyrical trumpet and subdued harmonies. The text is a spiritual thanksgiving for the British queen Anne Stuart. Beethoven expresses his gratitude after his miraculous recovery from a grave illness in Heiliger Dankgesang, a work that assumes an almost sacred character through its use of a church mode and its chorale-like melody. In Finzi’s Salutation, the interweaving lines of the strings accompanying the melodic soprano recall Bach’s polyphony.