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It's Christmas! / Jonas Kaufmann


Release Date: 11/20/2020 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 19439786762  
Composer:  TraditionalMichael PraetoriusGeorge Frideric HandelChristoph von Schmid,   ... 
Performer:  Jonas KaufmannFlorian PedarnigTill Brönner
Conductor:  Jochen RiederWieland Reissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Florian Boys' ChoirSalzburg Mozarteum OrchestraSalzburg Bach Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In a Christmas album that is a gift itself, Jonas Kaufmann – the most acclaimed operatic tenor of the age – echoes his own holiday memories and joys with It’s Christmas!, celebrating the most festive time of the year with a unique selection of beloved songs and carols. This uniquely rich and diverse holiday album features 40 favorites that reflect the many facets of Christmas, from ancient Christian hymns to contemporary pop classics.

“When I think of Christmas, many memories spring to mind,” Kaufmann writes, in his liner note for It’s Christmas! “In this I’m probably like everyone else. Christmas is the festival of contemplation and remembrance, of joy and light.”

Christmas has had a special meaning for
Read more Kaufmann ever since he landed on the front page of a Munich newspaper – at the age of eight – after describing his family’s lively, musical Christmas Eve so vividly that he won a school prize. The songs he has chosen for It’s Christmas! reflect that happy experience and the many moods and pleasures of the Christmas holidays, from grateful worship to the exhilaration of celebrating with family and friends.

The most versatile and exciting tenor on the world’s operatic and concert stages today, Jonas Kaufmann brings his all-encompassing style to this one-of-a-kind Christmas collection.

His choices include a rich selection of traditional German holiday songs (“O du fröhliche,” “O Tannenbaum,” “Still, still, still”) the young Kaufmann sang around the Christmas tree with his family every Christmas Eve. Also included are haunting English carols (“What Child is This”, “In the Bleak Midwinter”) and such beloved worldwide favorites as “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night.”

The album’s breadth of variety is also illustrated by the inclusion of rare intimate German-Alpine Christmas songs for voice and harp accompaniment. Then, a highly personal selection of American pop holiday favorites – “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” “Winter Wonderland,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “White Christmas.” For Jonas Kaufmann, these casual, intimate holiday classics bring back a special memory.

“The moment when everyone sat around the tree surrounded by gifts and mountains of wrapping paper, completely exhausted yet overjoyed,” he recalls, “and my father brought out his record collection to indulge his not-so-secret passion for the swinging American Christmas of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and the rest.”

To provide the perfect settings for the songs that comprise It’s Christmas!, Kaufmann collaborates with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, the Bachchor Salzburg and the St. Florianer Sängerknaben, all conducted by Jochen Rieder, as well as harpist Florian Pedarnig and the Cologne Studio Big Band, conducted by Wieland Reissmann with guest artist Till Brönner playing Trumpet and Flugelhorn on two songs. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Engel haben Himmelslieder by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Florian Boys' Choir,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
2.
Susser die Glocken nie klingen by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
3.
In dulci jubilo by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Germany 
4.
Kommet, ihr Hirten by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
5.
Tochter Zion, freue dich by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Bach Choir,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; London, England 
6.
Ihr Kinderlein, kommet by Christoph von Schmid
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
7.
Alle Jahre wieder by Friedrich Silcher
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
8.
Was soll das bedeuten? by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
9.
Vom Himmel hoch, o Englein, kommt! by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
10.
Lasst uns froh und munter sein by Josef Annegarn
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
11.
Leise rieselt der Schnee by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
12.
Morgen, Kinder, wird’s was geben by Karl Gottlieb Hering
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
13.
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
14.
Macht hoch die Tür by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Bach Choir,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
15.
Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Florian Boys' Choir,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
16.
O du fröhliche by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Bach Choir,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Written: Germany 
17.
Still, still, still by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Florian Pedarnig (Harp)
Written: Austria 
18.
O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf, carol (German) by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
19.
Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
20.
Es wird scho glei dumpa by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Florian Pedarnig (Harp)
21.
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Florian Boys' Choir,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
22.
Im Woid is so staad by Franz Xaver Rambold
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Florian Pedarnig (Harp)
23.
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her by Martin Luther
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
24.
O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
25.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Florian Pedarnig (Harp)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
26.
Still, still, still by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Written: Austria 
27.
O come, all ye faithful. 'Adeste fideles' by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
28.
Cantique de Noël by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
29.
Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Florian Boys' Choir,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
30.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Bach Choir,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
31.
In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
32.
Nu tändas tusen juleljus by Emmy Kohler
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wieland Reissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Studio Big Band
33.
Entre le bœuf et l’âne gris by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
34.
What child is this? by Traditional
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
35.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
36.
Holiday Inn: White Christmas by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
37.
Jingle Bells by James Pierpont
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; USA 
38.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Hugh Martin
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Till Brönner (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Wieland Reissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Studio Big Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; United States 
39.
Winter Wonderland by Felix Bernard
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wieland Reissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Studio Big Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
40.
The Christmas Song by Mel Torme
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Till Brönner (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Wieland Reissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Studio Big Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
41.
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by Jule Styne
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wieland Reissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Studio Big Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
42.
All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wieland Reissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Studio Big Band
Period: Contemporary 

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