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The Herald Angels Sing - Choral Music For Christmas

Hark The Herald Angels Sing / Various
Release Date: 12/08/2009 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83441  
Composer:  TraditionalFelix MendelssohnMichael PraetoriusRobert Lucas Pearsall,   ... 
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded at a Hannover church in 2009, this program makes a welcome addition to the vast catalog of Christmas discs, owing to its wide-ranging and unusual repertoire, much of it arrangements by living composers. Not that the music is unfamiliar--included are such beloved standards as Hark! the herald angels sing; Still, still, still; Tomorrow shall be my dancing day; Es ist ein Ros entsprungen; In dulci jubilo; Adeste fideles--but with the exception of "Dancing day", which is the well-worn Willcocks version, even these classic tunes receive finely-wrought new treatments that earn a place next to the ones we know. And there also are tunes familiar to English-speakers but here are set in fresh arrangements to German texts: O du Read more fröhliche (often sung as O Sanctissima, or to any of several other English texts); Tochter Zion (known as the hymn Thine be the glory, by Handel); and Haben Engel wir vernommen (Angels we have heard on high--Otfried Büsing's setting is a highlight!).

Siegfried Strobach's arrangement of Still, still, still is an ideal realization of this gentle lullaby; likewise Gustav Nordqvist's Swedish carol Jul, jul, strålande jul is as delicate and sparkling as a snowflake; Romaulds Jermaks' setting of the hymn Der Weg nach Bethlehem (The way to Bethlehem) is a precious gem; Javier Busto's Hodie Christus natus est is a significant addition to the Christmas canon, its concluding minutes marked by a surprising shift of mood and introduction of a drum accompaniment; and Ralph Hoffmann's mellifluous Hark! The herald should be in every church choir's repertoire. (I could have done without Andrea Figallo's Christmas Lullaby, a catchy thing whose tune and bell-like effects could be charming if sung without the little pop-style swoops and scoops.)

And speaking of choirs, the Junges Vokalensemble Hannover displays all of the qualities we expect from a "young" and very accomplished group of singers: an engaging and spirited style, supported by exceptional vocal technique; and the warm blend and very well-balanced sound is a pleasure to hear, even if the acoustic space sometimes contributes a bit more resonance than ideal. Christmas choral music fans will be pleased.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Still, still, still by Traditional
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Written: Austria 
Notes: Arrangement: Siegfried Strohbach 
2. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Notes: Arrangement: Ralph Hoffmann 
3. Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
4. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day by Traditional
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Notes: Arrangement: David Willcocks 
5. In dulci jubilo by Robert Lucas Pearsall
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
6. Jul, jul stralande jul by Gustaf Nordqvist
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Sweden 
7. Wiegenlied by Lajos Bárdos
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: 20th Century 
8. Tröstet mein Volk, Op. 39 by Eduard Karl Nössler
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: Romantic 
9. Hodie Christus natus est by Javier Busto
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: 20th Century 
10. Adeste fideles by Carl Thiel
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: 20th Century 
11. Maria durch ein Dornwald ging by Gottfried Wolters
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
12. Christmas Lullaby by Andrea Figallo
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: 20th Century 
13. O du Fröhliche by Hans Georg Pflüger
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
14. Corpus Christi by Trond Kverno
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Norway 
15. Tochter Zion, freue dich by Hans Georg Pflüger
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: 20th Century 
16. Der Weg nach Bethlehem by Romualds Jermaks
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: 20th Century 
17. Haben Engel wir vernommen by Otfried Büsing
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: 20th Century 
18. Leise rieselt der Schnee by Traditional
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Arrangement: Ulrich Schicha 
19. Stille, stille, lasst uns lauschen by Traditional
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Arrangement: Ulrich Schicha 
20. Ihr Kinderlein kommet by Traditional
Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Youth Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Arrangement: Ulrich Schicha 

Sound Samples

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (arr. R. Hoffman)
O du frohliche, o du selige
Still, still, still
Christmas Lullaby
Zu Bethlehem uberm Stall (arr. G. Wolters)
Jul, jul stralande jul (Christmas, radiant Christmas)
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (arr. D. Willcocks)
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging (arr. G. Wolters)
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (arr. J. Sandstrom)
Ihr Kinderlein kommet (arr. U. Schicha)
Stille, stille, lasst uns lauschen (arr. U. Schicha)
Leise rieselt der Schnee (arr. U. Schicha)
Haben Engel wir vernommen (arr. O. Busing)
Corpus Christi Carol
Tochter Zion, freue dich (arr. H. Pfluger)
In dulci Jubilo (arr. C. Thiel)
Es ist fur uns eine Zeit angekommen (arr. A. Koerppen)
Macht hoch die Tur (arr. E. Mauersberger)
Der Weg nach Bethlehem
Adeste fideles (arr. C. Thiel)
Hodie Christus natus est
Trostet mein Volk, Op. 39
Wiegenlied

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