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Mirabile Mysterium: Choral Music for Christmas / Jung, Saxon Vocal Ensemble


Release Date: 05/29/2020 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 555318  
Composer:  Heinrich IsaacJohannes EccardGünter RaphaelAndreas Hammerschmidt,   ... 
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The title of the present selection of choral music from various countries and epochs, Mirabile Mysterium (Latin for “Wondrous / Astonishing Mystery”), refers to the birth of Jesus Christ, by which nothing less than the incarnation of God is meant: out of love God renounces his almighty power and becomes a weak human being who like us is subject to suffering and death. Spiritual consideration of this mystery of faith, which the whole of Christendom celebrates every year at Christmas, has inspired composers of various religious persuasions to write very special works. Along with the works specifically concerning themselves with the Christmas event and qualifying as Christmas songs in the stricter sense of the term, we also find, primarily at Read more the beginning of the program, some genuine Advent songs. Even during what for Christians were pagan times, the word adventus (Latin for “arrival”) designated both the visit of a human ruler and the presence of a deity in his temple. As in the case of the visit of a state dignitary, certain spiritual exercises were undertaken in preparation for the visit of a god. As a result, the idea that an event begins already with its preparation was transferred to the spiritual sphere. The Church borrowed this concept for a period of inner reflection intended to convey an inkling of the incomprehensible gift granted to humankind in the miracle of Christmas. This program spanning six centuries offers us the opportunity to trace the history of the spiritual fusion of the Advent and Christmas seasons in music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ecce virgo concipiet by Heinrich Isaac
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
2.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland by Johannes Eccard
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
3.
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging by Günter Raphael
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
4.
Machet die Tore weit by Andreas Hammerschmidt
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
5.
Ave maris stella by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
6.
Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11/SWV 369-397: O lieber Herre Gott, SWV 381 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
7.
Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11/SWV 369-397: Tröstet, tröstet mein Volk, SWV 382 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1648; Germany 
8.
Advent-Motetten (9), Op. 176: Ave Maria by Joseph Rheinberger
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893 
9.
Sacred Songs (8) for Chorus, Op. 138: no 4, Unser lieben by Max Reger
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Germany 
10.
Mirabile mysterium by Jacobus Gallus
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
11.
In dulci jubilo by Carl Thiel
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
12.
Auf dem Berge da geht der Wind by Felix Woyrsch
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
13.
Lux aurumque by Eric Whitacre
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
14.
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Notes: arr. J. Sandström for choir 
15.
A spotless rose by Herbert Howells
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
16.
I wonder as I wander by John Rutter
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
17.
The Time of Christemas: No. 2. A child is born in Bethlehem by Antonín Tucapsky
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
18.
O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
19.
Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier by Johannes Eccard
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 

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