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The Musical Advent Calendar

2009 Musical Advent Calendar / Various
Release Date: 10/09/2009 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98553   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav HolstClaudio MonteverdiWolfgang Amadeus MozartLeroy Anderson,   ... 
Performer:  Barbara ComesPaul CarrackAlbrecht VolzUlrich Weissert,   ... 
Conductor:  Hans de GildeHans-Günther DriessMarcus CreedEnrique Crespo,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Discorsi SalottieriInstrumental-Ensemble ChantalMarshall & Alexander
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A very special holiday celebration from SWR Radio! The southwest of Germany is home to many professional and amateur musical talents. Children’s and youth choirs, cathedral singing schools and chamber choirs, and instrumental ensembles and orchestras can be heard singing and playing throughout the Advent and Christmas season. Whether they are already well known or yet to be discovered—whether they are rendering classical sounds or traditional tunes—there can be no doubt about the enthusiasm of these musicians! SWR Radio and hänssler CLASSIC invite you to share in the musical celebrations of this magical time of year!

J.S. BACH: Lobt Gott, ihr Christen • Sinfonia • J.S. BACH (arr. Rave): Still, a Bach Christmas • HOLST: In
Read more the bleak midwinter • KLANGGEWITTER: Winter Wonderland • ANDERSON: Sleigh Ride • BEETHOVEN (arr. Warren): Joyful • HANDEL (arr. Bernardy): Coro di Angeli • HANDEL (arr. Lortzing): Paraphrase on Tochter Zion • MONTEVERDI: Laudate Dominum • MOZART: Minuet from String Quartet in C, K 465 • REGER: Schlaf wohl, du Himmelsknabe • Schlafe, mein Kindelein • HUMPERDINCK: Nachtlied • RUTTER: Christmas Lullaby • VALLET: Quartetto • MARTINET (arr. French Touch): Petit Papa Noël • LONQUICH: Komm, Jesus, komm • KUNZ: Time of Emotions • CHEPPONIS: Magnificat • KNAB: Pastorale • TRAD. (arr. Kahlenbach): Macht Hoch die Tür • TRAD. (arr. Dorsey & Holcombe): Angels We Have Heard on High • TRAD. (arr. Schnürl): Conditor almae siderunt

R E V I E W:

"The Musical Advent Calendar is based on the excellent idea of including an item for each day of December before Christmas. As in a real Advent Calendar the “pictures” are varied but seasonal and, as in the best Calendars, they may sometimes surprise but more often elicit a pleasant sigh of recognition. I gather that this is the most recent in a series of discs produced by South West German Radio, who broadcast individual items on the appropriate days. They showcase a wide variety of choirs and instrumentalists from the region with a strong emphasis on younger performers. As a demonstration of the pool of talent available in the region it is impressive. Maybe none of the individual performances is truly outstanding but it is good to hear that such a wide range of talented choirs, soloists and ensembles exists in the area. In the booklet the item for each day is attributed to a particular area, town or organization and presumably when they are shown on SWR Television appropriate pictures are included. It would have been good to have had something along those lines in the booklet, although it does give brief background information about the performers in German and English. Information about the music is much sparser, however. The sixth track for instance is simply described as an Allegro from a Concerto in C major by Vivaldi, leaving the listener to guess which one has been transcribed (rather well) for vibraphone and organ, and there is no indication that track nine is in fact part of Bach’s Magnificat arranged (rather ineffectually) for brass. As one of the features of an Advent Calendar can be to surprise the viewer, or in this case listener, perhaps this is no bad thing. I should also make the obvious comment that the contents of an Advent Calendar should be opened one at a time, not all at once as necessarily I have had to do. It is nonetheless enjoyable to hear as a whole even if this is not its main intention.

The contents of the disc do vary wildly in style and character. There are many charming examples of children’s choirs in a variety of music, items by very professional adult performers including the SWR Vokalensemble of Stuttgart, items by German pop artists singing Billie Holiday and Andrew Lloyd Webber idiomatically, and instrumental items. The latter include both the oddest items, such as the two I have mentioned already, and the most enjoyable, including the recorders on track 4. Overall this is a very mixed bag, obviously not intended for or suited to detached analytical listening but perhaps ideal as background for a family party. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope that some enterprising British company will take up the idea with a similar seasonal regional collection. One other virtue of the disc is that part of the proceeds from it will be used to support aid projects for children in South West Germany."

-- John Sheppard , MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

A Clare Benediction by John Rutter
Performer:  Barbara Comes (Piano)
Conductor:  Hans de Gilde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Ulm, Kloster Wiblingen 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by Jule Styne
Performer:  Paul Carrack (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2005 
Venue:  Theater Baden-Baden 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Sonate, arie et correnti, Op. 3: Aria no 5 "La Bergamasca" by Marco Uccellini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Discorsi Salottieri
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1645; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Neuwied, Schloss Engers 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Oh, Happy Day by Edwin R. Hawkins
Conductor:  Hans-Günther Driess
Venue:  Esslingen 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Concerto in C major: Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Albrecht Volz (Vibraphone), Ulrich Weissert (Organ)
Venue:  Klosterkirche Alpirsbach 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Christina-Anna Tsiakiris (Violin), Rena Tsiakiris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Date of Recording: 06/20/2008 
Venue:  SR Studio Saarbrücken 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Vespers, Op. 37: no 6, Hail, Virgin, Mother of God by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Marcus Creed
Venue:  Stuttgart, Gaisburger Kirche 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Esurientes implevit bonis by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Enrique Crespo
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
Venue:  Schloss Ettlingen 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Ihr Kinderlein kommet, for chorus by Mathais Breitschaft
Performer:  Isabelle Müller (Harp)
Conductor:  Karsten Storck
Date of Recording: 06/16/2009 
Venue:  Mainzer Dom 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
God bless the child by Billie Holiday
Performer:  Sarah Lipfert (Voice)
Conductor:  Bernhard Kölmel
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2008-10/2008 
Venue:  Bühl 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Es kommt ein Schiff geladen, carol (German) by Traditional
Conductor:  Michael Hoffmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental-Ensemble Chantal
Date of Recording: 2008 
Venue:  Bingen, St. Rochuskapelle 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Jesus Christ Superstar: I Don't Know How to Love Him by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performer:  Ariane Müller (Piano), Hélène Lindqvist (), Patrick Wieland (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/07/2009 
Venue:  Theater Ulm 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Hänsel und Gretel: Abends will ich schlafen gehn "Evening Hymn" by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer:  Evelyn Czesla (), Christoph Jung (Piano), Eva Maria Günschmann ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/17/2009 
Venue:  Theater Trier 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Leise rieselt der Schnee, carol (German) by Traditional
Performer:  Johannes Knecht (Piano)
Conductor:  Johannes Knecht
Date of Recording: 06/16/2009 
Venue:  Staatstheater Stuttgart 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Virga Jesse floruit in E minor, WAB 52 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Bernhard Leonardy
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Saarbrücken, Basilika St. Johannes 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Was soll das bedeuten by Traditional
Conductor:  Christoph Haßler
Venue:  Maria Rosenberg, Waldfischbach-Burgalben 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Elijah, Op. 70: Lift thine eyes to the mountains by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Michael Fuxius
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Venue:  Koblenz 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Messiah, HWV 56: He shall feed His flock by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Thomas Hammes (Trumpet), Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; England 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Waldkirch 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Inmitten der Nacht (In the Middle of the Night), carol (German) by Traditional
Conductor:  Regine Eccard
Date of Recording: 06/16/2009 
Venue:  Stuttgart-Hofen 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
In dulci jubilo, BuxWV 52 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Anze Ganzenmüller (), Christian Rathgeber (), Ileana Mateescu ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/10/2009 
Venue:  Theater Mainz 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Tu scendi dalle stelle, for 4 voices by Sant'Alfonso Maria dei Li
Performer:  Petra Föhr Floreani (Piano), Pauline Floreani (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marshall & Alexander
Venue:  Baden-Baden 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Engel Gottes künden, for 2 voices & orchestra by Franz Xavier W. Mozart
Performer:  Sebastian Hennemann (Cello), Mirjam Eppelsheimer (Flute), Charlotte Mengel (Violin),
Kevin Schwarz (Violin), Adrian Nagel (Viola)
Conductor:  Martin Ramroth
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Venue:  Montabaur 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Macht hoch die Tür, carol (German) by Traditional
Conductor:  Johannes Striegel
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Biberach, Stadtpfarrkirche St. Martin 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 

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