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A German Christmas / Broekroelofs, Hoving, Margeretha Consort


Release Date: 11/09/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8551398  
Composer:  Franz TunderMichael PraetoriusHeinrich SchützFrank Wakelkamp,   ... 
Performer:  Gerrit Hoving
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The pieces on this album originate largely from the Christmette by Michael Praetorius. In addition, nativity hymns by a range of different composers from the same era have been compiled. In Lutheran style the compositions on this album include solo pieces, choir arrangements, double choral motets, instrumental pieces and of course the church organ repertoire. The listener can also hear pieces, which were not necessarily meant for Christmas, but fit the program very well. The function of some of the pieces is liturgical, like “Gloria,” “Our Father,” or the mighty Entrance-Prelude. Two other pieces are meditative moments about the name of Jesus. Many of the songs are well-known. However, the arrangements for soloists and/or choir from Read more Praetorius and his contemporaries are rarely performed. The Early Music ensemble Margaretha Consort was founded in 2009. The ensemble is based in the Netherlands, but the singers and instrumentalists are from all over Europe.Over the years a very skilled team has been created, where knowledge, musicality, and congeniality go hand in hand. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Praeludium for Organ in G minor by Franz Tunder
Performer:  Gerrit Hoving (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
2.
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
3.
O Jesu, nomen dulce by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
4.
In dulci jubilo by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Germany 
5.
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging by Frank Wakelkamp
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
6.
Puer natus in Bethlehem by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Germany 
7.
Nobilissime Jesu by Alberich Mazak
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
8.
Heute ist Christus der Herr geboren, SWV 439 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1632; Germany 
9.
Teutsch Et in terra by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
10.
Illibata ter beata by Petrus Hurtado
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
11.
Vater unser im Himmelreich by Hans Leo Hassler
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
12.
Quem pastores by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
13.
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
Period: Baroque 
14.
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern by Johann Hermann Schein
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
15.
Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her, WV 69 by Heinrich Scheidemann
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
16.
Veni, veni, Emmanuel by Traditional
Conductor:  Marit Broekroelofs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margaretha Consort
Period: Romantic 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fine authentic performances December 14, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Marit Broekroelofs and the Margretha Consort present a fascinating program of seasonal music. There are plenty of early Baroque Christmas albums to choose from, in just about every flavor. What makes this recording stand out is the consistency of the artistic vision. Broekroelofs has taken the seasonal repertoire of the early Protestant church and presents it as it was most likely performed. The program presents the members of the ensemble in a variety of combinations. The recording opens, for example, with an organ prelude by Franz Tundar. It then moves to Praetorius' "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland" for strings, chamber choir, and organ. From there, a hymn for solo voice and ensemble, then one for choir, strings, and brass. The music is as varied as the lineups. Familiar hymns such as the "In dulci jubilo" and "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern" are here, taken back to their original 17th Century versions. There are also some unfamiliar gems, too. "Illibata ter beata" by Basque theologian Pedro Hurtado de Mendoza is one. The beautiful "Nobilissime Jesu" by Czech composer Alberich Mazak is another. Mazak wrote over 300 sacred works -- this is the first one I've heard. The recording is excellent. This was music for the (Protestant) church, and a church is where the ensemble recorded. The decay adds resonance without overwhelming the sound. And for works using double choirs and echo ensembles, I could actually hear the spacial relationships between the performers. I'll be adding this to my holiday rotation." Report Abuse
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