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Wunderlich - The Christmas Album


Release Date: 11/06/2015 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002409002   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachFranz Xaver GruberTraditionalAnonymous,   ... 
Performer:  Fritz WunderlichGundula JanowitzChrista Ludwig
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach ChoirMunich Bach Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Blessed with a crystal-clear voice, exquisite diction and a natural lyricism, Fritz Wunderlich remains hugely admired, 50 years after his death. For example, BBC Music Magazine placed Wunderlich among the Top 4 Tenors in the World. This album combines traditional classical Christmas songs and carols with excerpts from Wunderlich’s legendary recording of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – it makes an ideal soundtrack to the festive season for anyone looking to discover a new voice. Blessed with a crystal-clear voice, exquisite diction and a natural lyricism, Fritz Wunderlich remains hugely admired, 50 years after his death. For example, BBC Music Magazine placed Wunderlich among the Top 4 Tenors in the World. This album combines traditional classical Christmas songs and carols with excerpts from Wunderlich’s legendary recording of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – it makes an ideal soundtrack to the festive season for anyone looking to discover a new voice. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata no 1, Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Choir,  Munich Bach Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 15, Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 41, Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 62, Nun mögt ihr stolzen Feinde schrecken by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: This selection begins with the recitative "So geht! Genug, mein Schatz geht nicht von hier." 
5.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 61, Und Gott befahl ihnen im Traum by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 51, Ach, wann wird die Zeit by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 50, Und liess versammeln alle Hohenpriester by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
8.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 2, Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
9.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
10.
Was soll das bedeuten by Traditional
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
11.
Vom Himmel hoch, o Englein kommt by Traditional
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
12.
Still, still, still by Traditional
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Written: Austria 
13.
O Freude über Freude (Hirtengesang) by Traditional
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
14.
Maria durch ein' Dornwald ging by Traditional
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
15.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
16.
Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier by Traditional
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
17.
Es kommt ein Schiff geladen by Traditional
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
18.
Es ist eins Ros' entsprungen by Anonymous
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
19.
Concerto for Trumpet in D major: 3rd movement, Allegro by Tomaso Albinoni
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
20.
Concerto for 2 Oboes d'Amore in A major, TV 52 no A 1: 3rd movement, Siciliana by Georg Philipp Telemann
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1768 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Wunderlich Christmas December 19, 2015 By Joseph Erdeljac (West Chester, PA) See All My Reviews "A very well sung disc of Christmas music, although not the usual selections that one would expect and therefore a little disappointing on the programming, but not on the performance. Wunderlich and his rich Lyric Tenor sounds is at its best and well worth the listen. Have always loved his exceptional talent in any music." Report Abuse
 Wunderlich (und Prey) November 24, 2015 By Howard H. (Houston, TX) See All My Reviews "Discloure: I am a big Wunderlich fan, but not old enough to have lived when his recordings were first issued. I think it's to this second, albeit small, group that this disk would appeal most. If you associate these recordings with Christmas memories amongst loved ones, by all means, go and purchase. For the rest of us, this disk is far from ideal. For most of the traditional songs, Fritz is paired with Hermann Prey, who, as popular a singer as he was, does not register on the list of the century's greatest voices. His technique seems clunky next to Fritz's lyrical lines. As far as the Bach Christmas Oratorio excerpts, just go buy the whole Karl Richter recording. You'll be paid back in kind." Report Abuse
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