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Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen / Kopp, Vocal Concert Dresden

Vocal Concert Dresden
Release Date: 10/09/2009 
Label:  Berlin Classics   Catalog #: 16442  
Composer:  Michael PraetoriusJan Pieterszoon SweelinckJohannes BrahmsAndrea Berg,   ... 
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An outstanding disc with choral music for Advent and Christmas.

It's the time for Chistmas discs again. Artists and record companies take this season as an opportunity to present music which people can enjoy during the last months of the year. Unfortunately many discs give little cause for joy as they are utterly tasteless. But within the stockpiles of Christmas discs one may find some which stand out because of the repertoire or the quality of the performances. One of these is the disc to be reviewed here.

It offers an attractive programme. It is a mixture of pieces well-known and/or seldom performed or recorded. Among the former are the carols on English texts, like 'Away in a manger' and 'O little town
Read more of Bethlehem'. Most of them are even performed in the arrangements which are commonly known, like 'O come, all ye faithful' and 'The first Nowell', which are sung here in versions by David Willcocks. The most popular song, 'Stille Nacht', is also present.

There are also little-known gems here, like the three-part motet 'Nun freuet euch, ihr Arm und Reich' by Adam Gumpelzhaimer, a composer who most of his life worked in Augsburg in Bavaria. He was highly respected by his peers, but today is virtually forgotten. Even lesser known is Samuel Seidel, who worked in Glashütte in Saxonia, and whose works were widely performed in that region. Better known is Michael Praetorius, another composer on the verge of renaissance and baroque. He is represented by three pieces.

One of them is a setting of 'Es ist ein Ros entsprungen', whose text is a folksong from the Tirol. It has given this disc its title and is the core of the programme, as it returns twice. In the middle is a setting by Alban Berg, using a slighty different text than Praetorius. The last item is rather curious: it is a vocal transcription of a chorale arrangement for organ by Johannes Brahms. It works well, and I think it is an interesting addition to the choral repertoire.

Schubart's 'Schlaf wohl, du Himmelsknabe' is notable in that it expressively refers to the Passion of Christ and the suffering at the cross. That is an element which has always been an integral part of the celebrations of Christmas by the Christian church but is mostly ignored in programmes with Christmas music.

It is not just the programme which gives reason for enjoyment. It is also the singing of the Vocal Concert Dresden. This ensemble mostly sings early music and produces a beautiful and transparent sound. It sings the 16th and 17th centuries pieces very well, but equally shines in the later repertoire. Especially nice to listen to are the German pieces by Reichardt and Silcher and the Bohemian song 'Kommet ihr Hirten'.

It is very refreshing to hear Christmas carols in their original form or in tasteful arrangements rather than in vulgar distortions. And 'Stille Nacht' is sung here without any sentimentality which can make this piece so unbearable.

In short: this is an outstanding disc with choral music for Advent and Christmas.

-- Johan van Veen, MusicWeb International 
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Works on This Recording

1.
Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
2.
Enatus est Emanuel by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
3.
Musae Sioniae, Book 6: Psallite unigenito by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
4.
Hodie Christus natus est by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
5.
Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122: no 8, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Austria 
6.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
7.
Nun freuet euch, ihr Arm’ und Reich’ by Adam Gumpelzhaimer
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
8.
Heilige Nacht, Nacht der unendlichen Liebe by Johann Friedrich Reichardt
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
9.
Uns ist Kind geboren by Samuel Seidel
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Baroque 
10.
Alle Jahre wieder by Friedrich Silcher
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
11.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
12.
The first nowell by Traditional
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Written: England 
13.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
14.
On Christmas Night "Sussex Carol" by Traditional
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Written: England 
15.
Alleluja! Freuet euch by Andreas Hammerschmidt
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
16.
O Jesulein süss (O little one sweet) by Traditional
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
17.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
18.
Maria durch ein' Dornwald ging by Traditional
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
19.
O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
20.
Kommet, ihr Hirten by Traditional
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
21.
Zu Bethlehem geboren by Traditional
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
22.
Schlafe wohl, du Himmelsknabe du by Traditional
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Written: Germany 
23.
Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Alban Berg
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Det är en ros utsprungen: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
On Christmas Night, "Sussex Carol" (arr. D. Willcocks for choir): On Christmas Night, "Sussex Carol"
In dulci jubilo (arr. R.L. Pearsall for chorus): In dulci jubilo
Enatus est Emanuel
Nun freuet euch, ihr Arm und Reich
Heilige Nacht (arr. for choir): Heilige Nacht
O Jesulein suss, o Jesulein mild, BWV 493 (arr. U. Schicha)
Away in a Manger (arr. D. Hill)
Uns ist ein Kind geboren
Psallite
Still, still, still (arr. P. Ledger): Still, still, still
Adeste fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful) (arr. D. Willcocks for choir): Adeste fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful) (arr. D. Willcocks)
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging (arr. G. Raphael): Maria durch ein Dornwald ging
Alle Jahre wieder (arr. U. Schicha)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (arr. R. Vaughan Williams and D. Hill)
Es ist ein Reis Entsprungen: Es Ist Ein Reis Entsprungen
Kommet, ihr Hirten
Zu Bethlehem geboren (arr. H. Sitt): Zu Bethlehem geboren
Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (arr. B. Rose)
The First Nowell (arr. D. Willcocks for choir): The First Nowell
Schlaf wohl, Du Himmelsknabe, Du (arr. H. Huber): Schlaf wohl, Du Himmelsknabe, Du
Hodie Christus natus est
11 Chorale Preludes, Op. 122: No. 8. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (arr. G. Binkerd): 11 Chorale Preludes, Op. posth. 122: No. 8. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (arr. G. Binkerd)

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