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Herzogenberg: Die Geburt Christi / Grube, Ensemble Oriol

Herzogenberg / Grube / Ensemble Oriol
Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98001   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinrich Herzogenberg
Conductor:  Christian Grube
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Hochschule der Künst KammerchorEnsemble Oriol
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Heinrich von Herzogenberg (1843-1900) was a singular composer for the 19th Century. He found inspiration in the music of Wagner and Schumann, but was also the founder of the Bach Society and championed works of older composers such as Schütz as well as a personal friend of Brahms. While attracted to the music of the Lutheran church, he was a devout, life-long Catholic.

Herzogenberg's oratorio "The Birth of Christ" was quite extraordinary for its time. Large-scale religious music was no longer fashionable, and even most "Masses" were written for the concert hall rather than the Church. Herzongenberg's Die Geburt Christi is scored for a large orchestra, choir, children's chorus, soloists and organ and
Read more deftly combines the countrapuntal textures of Bach with the late Romantic harmonic language of Brahms. The result is a serene and oddly moving score, achieving some of its most touching moments with the simplest of forces (a lovely setting of Jesu, Lieber Jesu Mein" for solo voice and cello is just one highlight). Read less

Works on This Recording

Die Geburt Christi, Op. 90 by Heinrich Herzogenberg
Conductor:  Christian Grube
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Hochschule der Künst Kammerchor,  Ensemble Oriol
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1895; Germany 

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