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Christmas At The Court Of Dresden - Seger, Etc / Kopp, Et Al


Release Date: 11/29/2005 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83169   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousGiovanni Alberto RistoriJohann David HeinichenJosef F. Norbert Seger,   ... 
Performer:  Britta SchwarzChristine WolffMartin PetzoldSebastian Knebel
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the pleasing side-effects of the early music boom is the production of treats for the festive season. This charming disc has been lovingly researched and produced: the liturgical model is the Christmas Eve service used at the Dresden Court during the mid-18th century, and all the composers here were closely associated with Dresden (almost all the works here are receiving their first recordings). The choir, orchestra, and conductor are all from Dresden, and so is the attractive cover painting of the Nativity.

Peter Kopp is a stylish director, and his youthful choir and orchestra are magnificent. The soloists are capable, although the soprano and alto do not always blend convincingly in Schürer’s Christus natus est.
Read more Heinichen’s Te Deum is replete with brilliant horns, exhilarating choruses and moments of pastoral tenderness. Giovanni Alberto Ristori, a Bolognese musician who settled in Dresden, composed his Messa per il Santissimo Natale in 1744. It is full of glorious and lyrical moments evoking shepherds and the Nativity. Kopp’s elegant performance of Ristori’s O admirabile mysterium goes to show what we lost when most of Ristori’s church music was destroyed during World War II. Carus deserves credit for its illuminating exploration of the rich Dresden school of Baroque sacred music: long may it continue.

-- David Vickers, Gramophone [1/2005]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pastorale per la notte della nativitate Christi in A major by Johann David Heinichen
Performer:  Britta Schwarz (Alto), Christine Wolff (Soprano), Martin Petzold (Tenor),
Sebastian Knebel (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Te deum by Johann David Heinichen
Performer:  Britta Schwarz (Alto), Christine Wolff (Soprano), Martin Petzold (Tenor),
Sebastian Knebel (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Prelude for Organ in C minor by Josef F. Norbert Seger
Performer:  Sebastian Knebel (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: Prague 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4.
Gaudete, Christus est natus by Traditional
Performer:  Christine Wolff (Soprano), Sebastian Knebel (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Length: 11 Minutes 58 Secs. 
5.
Jesu, redemptor omnium by Anonymous
Performer:  Christine Wolff (Soprano), Sebastian Knebel (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Messa per il Santissimo Natale by Giovanni Alberto Ristori
Performer:  Christine Wolff (Soprano), Sebastian Knebel (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert
Period: Baroque 
Length: 26 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Motteto pastorale by Giovanni Alberto Ristori
Performer:  Christine Wolff (Soprano), Sebastian Knebel (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert
Period: Baroque 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Messa per il Santissimo Natale: Sanctus by Giovanni Alberto Ristori
Performer:  Christine Wolff (Soprano), Sebastian Knebel (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Messa per il Santissimo Natale: Benedictus by Giovanni Alberto Ristori
Performer:  Christine Wolff (Soprano), Sebastian Knebel (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Messa per il Santissimo Natale: Agnus Dei by Giovanni Alberto Ristori
Performer:  Christine Wolff (Soprano), Sebastian Knebel (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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