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Weihnachtssalon - Christmas Salon Music / Salonorchester Köln

Release Date: 12/04/2008 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 49819   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Xaver GruberEngelbert HumperdinckGeorge Frideric HandelTraditional,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salon Orchestra of Cologne
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is no doubt about it, this is a “winter” recording, or, to put it more precisely, a Christmastime recording. For what better way is there to spend a long winter evening than by listening to the “Christmas Salon”? And what could be more delightful to find under the tinsel and lights of the Christmas tree than a brightly wrapped “Christmas Salon” recording?

There is an almost unfathomable amount of Christmas pieces most of them of little value, some of them outstanding. In a way, they are comparable to the old Christmas postcards that used to be pasted in albums. Their motifs included such charming scenes as children on a large gingerbread cookie throwing snowballs; a little angel as the Christmas mailman; a Santa Claus
Read more who strangely resembles a favorite uncle or the local clergyman; a little angel on a sleigh; the Christ Child emerging from the woods with his cap full of snow; another angel sliding down the tail of a comet, squealing with glee...

To begin with, we separated the pieces whose settings relate directly to the Christmas season from those whose unembellished, graceful music conveys the Christmas magic on its own. And then there are pieces that have little to do with the actual holiday, some of which are even borrowed from the opera or concert hall, but which nevertheless conjure up the spirit of Christmas and kindle holiday warmth in the hearts of respectable families.

Among our selection of stimulating yuletide pieces which, as Julie Schrader would say, span an arch “between Bethlehem and roast goose”, some of the pieces are set on earth, while others tell of celestial occurrences.

The heavenly dwellers gather together, a simple and noble troupe, to recite their little speech:
“...sweet child with curly locks
sleep in blissful peace.”

The Salonorchester has sought out original arrangements for its program, not only “à la recherche du temps perdu”, but also “à la recherche du mauvais goût”. May the highly esteemed listener bear in mind: this recording offers more than just a few hours of leisure and levity! There is a serious core to this entertainment, something to reflect on while enjoying the music.
So let’s light the candles:
“Angels fly to and fro,
singing bright songs of joy...”
“Until the resplendent, golden tree
shines again at Christmastime.."

Dirk Schortemeier
Translation: Roger Clément
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Works on This Recording

Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salon Orchestra of Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Venue:  Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Hänsel und Gretel: Excerpt(s) by Engelbert Humperdinck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salon Orchestra of Cologne
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 
Venue:  Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salon Orchestra of Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Venue:  Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Weihnachts-Kinderlieder by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salon Orchestra of Cologne
Venue:  Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Peterchens Mondfahrt: Reigen by Clemens Schmalstich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salon Orchestra of Cologne
Venue:  Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salon Orchestra of Cologne
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Venue:  Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Weihnachten by Max Rhode
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salon Orchestra of Cologne
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Ave Maria by Jonny Heykens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salon Orchestra of Cologne
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Der Weihnachtsmann kommt by Wilhelm Lindemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salon Orchestra of Cologne
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Paraphrase on "Silent Night" (Gruber, arr. Kahnt)
Fantasy on Themes from Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck, arr. Artok)
Der Weihnachtsmann kommt (Lindemann)

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