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Italian And German Christmas Music / Buchner, Chemnitz Baroque Orchestra

Buchner / Chemnitz Baroque Orch
Release Date: 10/11/2011 
Label:  Cavi Music   Catalog #: 7771023  
Composer:  Georg Philipp TelemannTraditionalJohannes CrügerJohann Sebastian Bach,   ... 
Performer:  Ekkehard HeringJana Büchner
Conductor:  Ekkehard Hering
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chemnitz Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a handsome publication of Italian and German Christmas music from the Chemnitz Baroque Orchestra. Only five years old, the Chemnitz Baroque Orchestra is joined by Dresden based soprano Jana Büchner in a finely tuned program of Baroque Christmas and quasi-Christmas music by Telemann, Corelli and Alessandro Scarlatti plus German Baroque chorales for Christmas. Oboist Ekkehard Hering performs and directs a coherent progression of historic works in succinct interpretations. Mr. Hering is also a longtime member of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

Telemann's Concerto in B flat major, the famous Corelli Concerto Grosso in G minor, Opus 6 No. 8 (Christmas Concerto) and Alessandro Scarlatti's delightful Quartetto
Read more in F major, form the purely instrumental part of this exceptional Christmas record. The energetic and lyrical playing makes for a lasting pleasure. The phrasing, tempo and dynamic sophisticated are rich and finely tuned. Historic or replica instruments are not used and the ensemble avoids a dry, rigid, straight tone and ailing pneumatics. Instead they offer rich, yet transparent sound and richly phrased contours. If your room begins to vibrate, then the ideal interpretation is created. Your attention is focused on the beauty to the extent that nothing else happens in this gloriously vivid recording by the Chemnitz musicians.

The vocal contributions by Jana Büchner are especially ennobling. The award-winning soprano, an expert on Mozart’s operas, brings a pithy clarity and timbre resulting in the necessary charisma for this Christmas repertoire. Listen to the vocally demanding Scarlatti 'Cantate per la pastorale Birth of Nostri Signore', which shines with Büchner’s appealing timbre. Or 'O sweet little Jesus' the German chorale by Johann Cruger' which cheerfully goes straight to the heart and there is Bach's 'I stand here at your crib.' Clearly oriented to the vocal line and still one of symbiotic unity with the orchestra, drawing you into this repertoire again and again. Highly recommended.

- Erik Daumann, Klassik.com, (Translated from German) 2011
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Flutes, Oboe and Violin in B flat major, TV 53 no B 2 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Ekkehard Hering (Oboe)
Conductor:  Ekkehard Hering
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chemnitz Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2.
O Jesulein süss (O little one sweet) by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chemnitz Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3.
Fröhlich soll mein Herze springen by Johannes Crüger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chemnitz Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier, BWV 369 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chemnitz Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 8 in G minor "Christmas" by Arcangelo Corelli
Conductor:  Ekkehard Hering
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chemnitz Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1712; Rome, Italy 
6.
Cantata pastorale per la nascità di Nostro Signore by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Jana Büchner (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ekkehard Hering
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chemnitz Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
7.
Quartet for Alto Recorder, 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in F major by Alessandro Scarlatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chemnitz Baroque Orchestra

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