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Angel Voices: The Boys' Choirs Christmas Celebration

Angel Voices: Boys Choirs Xmas Celebration / Var
Release Date: 11/16/2010 
Label:  Capriccio Records   Catalog #: 7069  
Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresdner Kreuzchor
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Traditional choruses and excerpts of Christmas music from the Baroque era to the time of Saint-Saens. Performing groups include: Wiener Sängerknaben, Regensburger Domspatzen, Dresdner Kreuzchor, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Tölzer Knabenchor, Academy of London, Dresdner Philharmonie, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum Leipzig, Martin Flämig, Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden, Roland Büchner, Peter Marschik.

Selections include:
Bach, J S:

Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier, BWV469


O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf, Op. 74 No. 2


Ave Maris Stella

Grüber, F:

Read more Nacht


Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus
Tochter Zion, freue dich


Von Himmel hoch: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her

Ave Maria, Op. 23 No. 2


Christmas Oratorio (Excerpt)


Laudate Dominum from Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339


Mariä Wiegenlied, Op. 76 No. 52


Maria durch ein’ Dornwald ging
In Dulci Jubilo
Adeste fideles
Stille, stille, lasst uns lauschen
Es ist ein Ros'
O Jesulein suss, O Jesulein mild



Performances, as you would expect with such esteemed choirs at work, are mostly excellent; recording ambiences and quality are quite variable, but generally fine. The spare booklet contains no notes, texts, or information about the original albums these selections no doubt came from; all we get is titles, performers, and track timings. Still, if you’re a Germanophile or favor a boychoir kind of Christmas, this pleasant collection should enrich your holidays.

– American Record Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresdner Kreuzchor
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 

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