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Weihnachten - Brahms, Et Al / Rademann, Dresden Chamber Choir


Release Date: 10/21/2003 
Label:  Raum Klang   Catalog #: 2201   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Heinrich SchützJoseph RheinbergerJohannes BrahmsJohannes Eccard,   ... 
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Let's get right to the point: This Christmas disc belongs in the library of every choral music lover. Not only does it feature some exceptional repertoire--both in terms of quality and relative rarity on recordings--but it also offers some of the most extraordinarily fine choral singing you'll hear anywhere. Recorded in the excellent acoustics of Dresden's Lukaskirche, this program will keep you riveted and will enrich your listening not only during the holidays but whatever time of year you choose. This choir is unsurpassed in the purity and warmth of its tone, its clarity of diction and of musical lines, its consistent near-perfect intonation, its refined, expressive ensemble technique, thoughtful
Read more interpretive choices that fully engage listeners, and unassailable musicality.

If you want to get a quick idea of the group's superior ensemble skill, just go to track 16, Max Reger's simple, delicate setting of O Jesulein süß; and if you want to really hear the choir's breadth of expression, try Poulenc's O magnum mysterium or Rheinberger's beautiful motet Ave Maria. But then, the program is so diverse and so rich in harmonic and melodic treasures, you're best off just starting at the beginning (with Schütz's Tröstet, tröstet mein Volk) and staying put for the next hour, until the final chord of Eusebius Mandyczewski's lovely setting of Stille Nacht has died away.

In between, we hear some fine Brahms motets and two delightful 16th-century pieces--one by Johannes Eccard, the other by Cornelius Freundt--along with first-rate renditions of Arvo Pärt's Magnificat, Poulenc's Hodie Christus natus est (from his Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël), and Mendelssohn's catchy little song Frohlocket, ihr Völker. But the highlight of the disc has to be Jan Sandström's absolutely otherworldly setting of Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, which can only be described as Praetorius meets Ligeti--and it's a knockout. Unfortunately, the liner notes give no information on the music other than titles and composers, and texts are only in German or Latin. But don't let that stop you. The music and performances speak for themselves, and in that department, even the Angel Gabriel himself would have to approve!
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11/SWV 369-397: Tröstet, tröstet mein Volk, SWV 382 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1648; Germany 
Language: German 
2.
Mass in B major, Op. 172: Ave Maria by Joseph Rheinberger
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
3.
Deutsche Volkslieder (14), WoO 34: no 5, Täublein weiss by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Language: German 
4.
Übers Gebirg Maria geht by Johannes Eccard
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Language: German 
5.
Magnificat by Arvo Pärt
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; Germany 
6.
Macht hoch die Tür by Max Reger
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Language: German 
7.
O Jesulein süss by Max Reger
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1899; Germany 
Language: German 
8.
Sacred Songs (12), Op. 137: no 5, Kommt und lasst uns Christum ehren by Max Reger
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Germany 
Language: German 
9.
Wie schön singt uns der Engel Schar by Cornelius Freundt
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Germany 
Language: German 
10.
Motets (4) pour le temps de Noël: no 1, O magnum mysterium by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951-1952; France 
Language: Latin 
11.
Motets (4) pour le temps de Noël: no 4, Hodie Christus natus est by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; France 
Language: Latin 
12.
Freu dich, Erd' und Sternenzelt by Karl Riedel
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Language: German 
13.
Kommet, ihr Hirten by Karl Riedel
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Language: German 
14.
Anthems (6), Op. 79: no 1, Frohlocket, ihr Volker auf Erden by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Germany 
Language: German 
15.
Fürchtet euch nicht by Christoph Demantius
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Language: German 
16.
Auf dem Berge, da wehet der Wind by Karsten Gundermann
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
Language: German 
17.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Eusebius Mandyczewski. 
18.
Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Jan Sandström. 

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