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Stille Nacht... - German Carols / Uwe Gronostay, Rias-kammerchor, Et Al


Release Date: 10/13/2009 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501794   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Eduard Karl NösslerMax RegerFelix MendelssohnAlbert Becker,   ... 
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The disc's title refers to 19th-century "romanticism"--specifically of the German variety--and the composers who adhered to its principles, and not to any aspects of love and courtship that modern listeners might more likely associate with the term "Romantic". Specifically, this repertoire represents styles of choral music that appealed to mass audiences in both concert hall and church, most of which consists of settings of existing tunes and already well-known texts. Most importantly, this is a first-rate Christmas choral recording that offers many rarely heard selections along with some surprisingly familiar ones. Surprising because in their German-language context many English-speaking listeners may not recognize some Read more of these pieces by their titles--but when you hear Friedrich Silcher's "Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe", the familiar Anglican processional tune by Melchior Teschner (known as "All glory, laud, and honor") suddenly appears. We also hear In dulci jubilo, not in the commonly performed Pearsall, Praetorius, or Bach versions, but one by Max Reger. Indeed, a large portion of this program is devoted to Reger's beautifully scored chorales from his 12 German Sacred Songs collection.


The little carol "Schlaf, mein Kindelein" is also known in a French version, "Dors, ma colombe", and Silcher's "Herbei, o ihr Gläub'gen" turns out to be the beloved "O come, all ye faithful"--sublimely harmonized. There are other happy discoveries here, none so satisfying as Gruber's universally treasured "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!" in a gorgeous setting by none other than (Brahms' friend) Eusebius Mandyczewski. And speaking of Brahms, we might suspect Albert Becker (1834-99) of "borrowing" a few licks from his near-exact contemporary's Requiem in the opening section of "Das Volk, das im Finstern wandelt", followed by an equally shameless (and decently rendered) copy of a Bach chorale setting. Other highlights include the opening "Tröster mein Volk" by the virtually unknown Eduard Nössler, a sophisticated piece of choral writing that deserves wider hearing, and Reger's tender setting of the lovely "O Jesulein süß", best known in its Bach harmonization and English translation "O little one sweet". The singing, by the excellent RIAS-Kammerchor, is faultless, perfectly capturing the spirit of the music and presenting these a cappella works with consistently well-balanced, well-tuned ensemble. The sound is a bit too resonant to provide utmost clarity and detail, but it's not at all detrimental to enjoyment of the performances or appreciation of this unusual and engaging program. A must for all Christmas choral music fans. [11/09/2002]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tröstet mein Volk, Op. 39 by Eduard Karl Nössler
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
2.
Macht hoch die Tür by Max Reger
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
3.
Anthems (6), Op. 79: no 5, Lasset uns frohlocken by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1846; Germany 
4.
Und unser lieben Frauen by Max Reger
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Germany 
5.
Adventslied: Es kommt ein Schiff geladen by Max Reger
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1899 
6.
Das Volk, das im Finstern wandelt, Op. 84 no 2 by Albert Becker
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Germany 
7.
Cantatas (4) for Chorus: no 1, Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her by Max Reger
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
8.
Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe by Friedrich Silcher
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
9.
Sacred Songs (12), Op. 137: no 5, Kommt und lasst uns Christum ehren by Max Reger
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Germany 
10.
O freudenreicher Tag by Robert Fuchs
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
11.
Lasst uns das Kindelein wiegen by Max Bruch
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
12.
Mein Herz will ich dir schenken by Wilhelm Kienzl
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
13.
Schlaf, mein Kindelein by Max Reger
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
14.
Das Wort ward Fleisch by Max Reger
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1899; Germany 
15.
Kommet, ihr Hirten by Karl Riedel
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
16.
Auf, auf, ihr Hirten by Wilhelm Kienzl
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
17.
Herbei, o ihr Gläub'gen by Friedrich Silcher
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
18.
Kindelein zart by Franz Wüllner
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
19.
O Jesulein süss by Max Reger
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1899; Germany 
20.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
21.
Anthems (6), Op. 79: no 1, Frohlocket, ihr Volker auf Erden by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Germany 
22.
O du fröhliche by Hermann Riedel
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
23.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 

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