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A Baroque Christmas [3-CD Set]

Baroque Christmas / Various
Release Date: 11/13/2012 
Label:  Ricercar   Catalog #: 329  
Composer:  VariousHeinrich SchützSamuel ScheidtDietrich Buxtehude,   ... 
Performer:  Maria Cristina KiehrJohn ElwesIan HoneymanJames Bowman,   ... 
Conductor:  Bruno BoterfJean TuberyPhilippe PierlotLeonardo Garcia Alarcon,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar ConsortNamur Chamber ChoirLa Fenice,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The celebration of the Nativity has always been a source of inspiration for composers. The different elements of the evangelical narrative evoke numerous images: tender feelings before the Baby Jesus; the gentleness of his mother, the Virgin Mary; the procession of the three Wise Men; the angelic choirs in Heaven; and these shepherds gathered in the manger. All that appears in the musical repertoire linked to this holiday, as well as the presence of colourful instrumentations and themes connected to folk traditions. This set, released by Ricercar, brings together all these elements, drawn from the repertoires of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The celebration of the Nativity has always been a source of inspiration for composers. The different elements of the evangelical narrative evoke numerous images: tender feelings before the Baby Jesus; the gentleness of his mother, the Virgin Mary; the procession of the three Wise Men; the angelic choirs in Heaven; and these shepherds gathered in the manger. All that appears in the musical repertoire linked to this holiday, as well as the presence of colourful instrumentations and themes connected to folk traditions. This set, released by Ricercar, brings together all these elements, drawn from the repertoires of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Work(s) by Various
Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano), John Elwes (Tenor), Ian Honeyman (Tenor),
James Bowman (Countertenor), Jérémie Papasergio (Dulcian), Susan Hamilton (Soprano),
Luc Ponet (Organ), Max van Egmond (Bass), Henri Ledroit (Countertenor),
Freddy Eichelberger (Organ), Bernard Foccroulle (Organ), Greta de Reyghere (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bruno Boterf,  Jean Tubery,  Philippe Pierlot,  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort,  Namur Chamber Choir,  La Fenice  ... 
2. Puer natus in Bethlehem by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Lionel Meunier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Luminis
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1650; Halle, Germany 
3. Puer natus in Bethlehem, BuxWV 217 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Bernard Foccroulle (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4. Gegrüsset seist du, Holdselige by Matthias Weckman
Performer:  Willem Jansen (Organ), Ian Honeyman (Tenor), Greta de Reyghere (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
5. Angelus ad pastores ait by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort,  La Fenice
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Halle, Germany 
6. Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Denis Menier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort,  Namur Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
7. Historia, der freuden und gnadenreichen Geburth...Die Geburt unsers Herren Jesu Christi, SWV 435 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Jan Van Elsacker (Tenor)
Conductor:  Françoise Lasserre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Akademia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1664; Germany 
8. Ihr Hirten verlasset die finstere Nacht by Johann Philipp Krieger
Performer:  Claire Lefilliatre (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Corsaires du Roy
9. Das neugeborne Kindelein, BuxWV 13 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Max van Egmond (Bass), Guy de Mey (Tenor), Greta de Reyghčre (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
10. Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, canon for 4 voices, SSWV 117 by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Lionel Meunier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Luminis
Period: Baroque 
11. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 8 in G minor "Christmas" by Arcangelo Corelli
Performer:  Guy Penson (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pastorella
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1712; Rome, Italy 
12. Angelus Gabriel descendit by Ignazio Donati
Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano), Katelijne Van Laethem (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Fenice
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
13. O che nuovo stupor by Francesca Caccini
Performer:  Max van Egmond (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
Period: Baroque 
14. Nativitas tua Dei genitrix by Giovanni Bassano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Syntagma Amici
15. Nascere, nascere, dive puellule by Giovanni Battista Bassani
Performer:  Bernard Foccroulle (Organ), Max van Egmond (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
Period: Baroque 
16. Pardon dall'oriente tre Re per adorar by Anonymous
Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano), John Elwes (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Fenice
17. Curtio precipitato et altri capricii, Op. 13: Hor ch'č tempo di dormire "Canzonetta Spirituale" by Tarquinio Merula
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Fenice
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1638; Italy 
18. O intemerata by Alessandro Grandi
Performer:  Bernard Foccroulle (Organ), Henri Ledroit (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
19. Alma redemptoris mater by Marc'Antonio Ziani
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
Period: Baroque 
20. Nunc dimittis by Giovanni Antonio Rigatti
Performer:  John Elwes (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Fenice
Period: Baroque 
21. Tui sunt cćli, offertory for chorus by Giovanni Giorgi
Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Capella Mediterranea
22. Born is the Babe by Anonymous
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
23. Psalmes, Sonets and Songs: Lullaby, my sweet little baby by William Byrd
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1588; England 
24. Sweet was the song of the Virgin by Anonymous
Performer:  Susan Hamilton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
25. Fantaisie sur "Une jeune fillette" by Eustace du Caurroy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mare Nostrum
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Paris, France 
26. Noëls for Organ: no 2, A minuit fut fait un reveil by Jean-François Dandrieu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Faux Bourdon Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1721-23; France 
27. Noëls for Organ: Oů s'en vont ces gais bergers? by Jean-François Dandrieu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Faux Bourdon Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1721-23; France 
28. Noël des Rois et des Princes by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Faux Bourdon Ensemble
29. Christus Natus Est Nobis by Henri Du Mont
Conductor:  Bruno Boterf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir Soloists
Period: Baroque 
30. O flos convalium by Henri Du Mont
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
Written: publ 1686 
31. Ich freue mich in dir, BWV 133 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Aurore Bucher (Soprano), Henning Kaiser (Tenor), Etienne Debaisieux (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Agrémens
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
32. Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir, BWV 73: Das ist des Vaters Wille by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Lionel Meunier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Luminis
Period: Baroque 
33. Pastorale in F major, BWV 590 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bernard Foccroulle (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1710; Weimar, Germany 
34. Noël En Tierce En Taille by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Luc Ponet (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
35. Noël Grand Jeu et Duo, for organ by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Luc Ponet (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
36. Fantasia by Anonymous
Performer:  Bernard Foccroulle (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
37. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Bernard Foccroulle (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Uncomplicated baroque music with charm and style February 5, 2013 By S Cohenroellvaneyck (SOUTH WENTWORTHVILLE, NSW) See All My Reviews "There are 3 CDs with such a variety by European composers such as Praetorius (I recall his dances) JSB and his contemporary Especially the French (CD-iii) and (CD-ii)Italian gain my commendation, Corelli Donati Bassani etc. Sweet (alt) sopranos, warm baritones and tenors Astounding Lullaby from William Byrd" Report Abuse
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