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Weihnachtliche: Romantic Choral Music / Ensemble Oktoplus


Release Date: 01/03/2020 
Label:  Coviello Classics   Catalog #: 91919  
Composer:  Max RegerEngelbert HumperdinckPeter CorneliusLudwig van Beethoven,   ... 
Performer:  Katharina HeldMaria Rüssel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Girls ChoirEnsemble Oktoplus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are no original works for women's or girls' choir and no octet in the so-called 'Schubert line-up'. The well thought-out arrangements of romantic Christmas music by master arranger Andreas N. Tarkmann presented here are so appealing that one can only wonder why the composers have not come up with the idea of writing for this line-up... A group of musicians doesn’t yet constitute an orchestra. On the other hand, if eight extraordinary artists, who love music and love even more playing music together form an ensemble, the result is spectacular. The uniqueness of the ensemble Oktoplus, founded in 2006 in Hannover, is reflected in its name. Every chamber music lover knows Schubert’s famous octet. Oktoplus takes over this work of Read more Romanticism as well as many unknown works of the classical and modern octet. Depending on the piece or project, the “plus” stands for expansion of the ensemble to enrich the program. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76: no 52, Maria Wiegenlied by Max Reger
Performer:  Katharina Held (Soprano), Maria Rüssel (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Girls Choir,  Ensemble Oktoplus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1912; Germany 
2.
Geistliche Lieder (2): no 1, Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe by Max Reger
Performer:  Katharina Held (Soprano), Maria Rüssel (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Girls Choir,  Ensemble Oktoplus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
3.
An das Christkind "Nun zieht mit seinem hellen Schein," EHWV 131 by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer:  Katharina Held (Soprano), Maria Rüssel (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Girls Choir,  Ensemble Oktoplus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Berlin, Germany 
4.
Das Licht der Welt, EHWV 132 by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer:  Katharina Held (Soprano), Maria Rüssel (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Girls Choir,  Ensemble Oktoplus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Germany 
5.
Gesang der Heiligen Drei Könige by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer:  Katharina Held (Soprano), Maria Rüssel (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Girls Choir,  Ensemble Oktoplus
6.
Christkindleins Wiegenlied, EHWV 137 by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer:  Katharina Held (Soprano), Maria Rüssel (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Girls Choir,  Ensemble Oktoplus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Germany 
7.
Weihnachten, EHWV 111 by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer:  Katharina Held (Soprano), Maria Rüssel (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Girls Choir,  Ensemble Oktoplus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Germany 
8.
Weihnachtslieder (6), Op. 8 by Peter Cornelius
Performer:  Katharina Held (Soprano), Maria Rüssel (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Girls Choir,  Ensemble Oktoplus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856/1870; Weimar, Germany 
9.
Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in G major on a theme by Handel, WoO 45 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Katharina Held (Soprano), Maria Rüssel (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Girls Choir,  Ensemble Oktoplus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Noel by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Katharina Held (Soprano), Maria Rüssel (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Girls Choir,  Ensemble Oktoplus
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1867; France 
11.
Christmas Oratorio, Op. 12: Prelude by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Katharina Held (Soprano), Maria Rüssel (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Girls Choir,  Ensemble Oktoplus
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
12.
Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night") by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Katharina Held (Soprano), Maria Rüssel (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Girls Choir,  Ensemble Oktoplus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; France 

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