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Choral Music for Christmas


Release Date: 10/06/2017 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83486  
Composer:  Johann David HeinichenJan Dismas ZelenkaGeorge Frideric HandelHeinrich Kaminski,   ... 
Performer:  Britta SchwarzChristine WolffHans Jörg MammelRomano Giefer,   ... 
Conductor:  Peter KoppFrieder BerniusMichael AlberKlaus Martin Bresgott,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental ConcertDresden Vocal ConcertL'Arpa Festante,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“Choral Music for Christmas” presents the very best of Advent and Christmas choral music from the Carus catalog. Contemporary arrangements of popular Christmas carols by composers such as Fredo Jung and Giacomo Mezallira feature alongside works by well-known composers including Handel, Bach, Heinichen, and Mendelssohn Bartholdy. The performers, including the Calmus Ensemble, the Kammerchor Stuttgart conducted by Frieder Bernius, the Dresdner Kammerchor conducted by Hans-Christoph Rademann, and the ensemble L’arpa festante, guarantee an absolute choral treat. “Choral Music for Christmas” presents the very best of Advent and Christmas choral music from the Carus catalog. Contemporary arrangements of popular Christmas carols by composers such as Fredo Jung and Giacomo Mezallira feature alongside works by well-known composers including Handel, Bach, Heinichen, and Mendelssohn Bartholdy. The performers, including the Calmus Ensemble, the Kammerchor Stuttgart conducted by Frieder Bernius, the Dresdner Kammerchor conducted by Hans-Christoph Rademann, and the ensemble L’arpa festante, guarantee an absolute choral treat. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Te deum by Johann David Heinichen
Performer:  Britta Schwarz (Alto), Christine Wolff (Soprano)
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert,  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Germany 
2.
Laudate pueri in D major, ZWV 81 by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Hans Jörg Mammel (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arpa Festante
Period: Baroque 
Written: Bohemia 
3.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra,  Kammerchor Stuttgart
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
4.
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging by Heinrich Kaminski
Conductor:  Michael Alber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
5.
Und unser lieben Frauen by Max Reger
Conductor:  Michael Alber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Germany 
6.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
7.
Sonata Tribus quadrantibus by Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arpa Festante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Moravia, Czech Repub 
8.
Anthems (6), Op. 79: no 1, Frohlocket, ihr Volker auf Erden by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kammerchor Stuttgart
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Germany 
9.
Les anges dans nos campagnes by Fredo Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
10.
Tu scendi dalle stelle by Alphonsus Liguori
Conductor:  Klaus Martin Bresgott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athesinus Consort Berlin
Period: Baroque 
11.
Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10 "Christmas Story": Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Hugo Distler
Conductor:  Klaus Martin Bresgott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athesinus Consort Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Germany 
12.
Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10 "Christmas Story": Das Röslein, das ich meine by Hugo Distler
Conductor:  Klaus Martin Bresgott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athesinus Consort Berlin
13.
Christmas Oratorio, Op. 12: Prelude by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Romano Giefer (Organ)
Conductor:  Holger Speck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Favorites
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
14.
Christmas Oratorio, Op. 12: Tecum principium by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Jens Hamann (Bass), Antonia Bourvé (Soprano), Marcus Ullmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Holger Speck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Favorites
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
15.
Christmas Oratorio, Op. 12: Tollite hostias "Praise Ye the Lord" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Holger Speck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rastatt Vocal Ensemble,  Les Favorites
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; France 
16.
Messiah, HWV 56: And He shall purify the sons of Levi by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra,  Kammerchor Stuttgart
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
17.
Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Magnificat by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir,  Dresden Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728-1731; Leipzig, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A superb Christmas sampler October 19, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Summer is winding down; autumn officially arrives tomorrow, so what is coming up Real Soon Now? That's right, the Holiday Season! At Christmas, we're always looking out for new music we've never heard, but not forgetting all the same works we love to hear every year. The Sampler Disc is a great chance to do this, and we have an especially good one here from Carus. You may not know Heinichen's Te Deum laudamus, but I plan on putting it in my regular Xmas playlist rotation; the same for Zelenka's Laudate pueri Dominum. These are very fine performances, with stylish playing, and good recent recordings (2004 and 2012). Then you get a really nice Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah, from Kammerchor Stuttgart & Barokorchester Stuttgart. This to-ing and fro-ing between evergreens and surprisingly lovely unfamiliar works goes on through the whole disc, with a focus on very high quality choral singing and fine orchestral support, all at a reasonable price. I'll let you choose your own favourites, but I have to single out another amazing song. It's Philip Lawson's arrangement of Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, sung by the Calmus Ensemble; it was included in their 2009 disc Calmus Christmas Carols. Pour yourself an eggnog and listen. I recommend this disc very highly. Merry Christmas!" Report Abuse
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