Christmas In Old Austria / Clemencic, Clemencic Consort
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The feast of Christmas in Old Austria was more colorful, more vivid, and for the most part more pious than it is today. Christmas matins in church marked the start of the festival. In Viennese churches, it was even usual to celebrate the birth of Christ with puppet plays. The main themes of the Advent and Christmas seasons–redemption through the Christ child, the beauty and humility of the Holy Mother, the joy and jubilation of angels and shepherds–were all presented in ever-new variants. These themes are so profound, so universally human, their representation in words and music so spontaneous and heartfelt, that even those with no particular allegiance to any faith find themselves deeply moved. With the sound of carols and music from the
sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, this program seeks to bring Advent and Christmas to life just as they were experienced in Old Austria. Alongside hymns that have their roots in the late Middle Ages stand hymns from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, known and loved through the German-speaking world. Read less
Works on This Recording
Resonet in laudibus by Anonymous
Written: circa 1470
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Christmas in Glorious Tunes November 25, 2012
By Patrick Ford (Sierra Vista, AZ) See All My Reviews
"Whether in a solemn piece reflecting the Advent season or in a humble piece on the Virgin Mary these collected tunes are glorious in nature. The depiction here in this collection of an older Christmas will be brought to you alive today. This collection is the eternal spirit of The Christmas season."