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Schutz: Christmas Oratorio; Praetorius: Motets / Parrott


Release Date: 12/01/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 47633   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Michael PraetoriusHeinrich Schütz
Performer:  David ThomasNigel RogersEmma Kirkby
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner ConsortTaverner PlayersTaverner Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Measured by the criterion of its superb instrumental playing, [this performance of the Schütz Christmas Oratorio] is far and away the best version available on record... Emma Kirkby is radiant in the role of the Angel, David Thomas imperious as Herod in the sixth intermedium... Michael Praetorius may not be the most skilled or intellectually satisfying composer of his age, but few can match his sense of the bizarre. The four Christmas motets chosen by Parrott, are of mammoth proportions: multiple choirs vie with a deliciously varied selection of instruments, including a manic pair of cornetts in Wachet auf and, in the vast In dulci jubilo, a blaring chorus of trumpets and drums richly supported by further layers of viols, cornetts and Read more sackbuts. If the music itself is pretty basic, the sheer noise is utterly spectacular.

-- Gramophone [8/1988]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Wachet auf by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1985-86 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Historia, der freuden und gnadenreichen Geburth...Die Geburt unsers Herren Jesu Christi, SWV 435 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  David Thomas (Bass), Nigel Rogers (Tenor), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1664; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1985-86 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 35 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Puer natus in Bethlehem by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1985-86 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1985-86 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
In dulci jubilo by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1985-86 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: German 

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