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Raunachte: The 12 Nights After Christmas / LaCappella


Release Date: 11/17/2017 
Label:  Rondeau Productions   Catalog #: 6149  
Composer:  TraditionalOla GjeiloAnonymousJoan Szymko,   ... 
Performer:  Freya Ritts-KirbyElisabeth BauerLydia KappesserKaren Von Trotha,   ... 
Conductor:  Veronika Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaCappella 2.0LaCappella NuovaLaCappella DieMänner,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

‘Raunachte’: these are the twelve cold, dark nights which, across Northern Europe, are steeped in myths, legends, and spirituality. In these nights, images of oppressive, bare forests collide with the Christmas message of hope. Time and again, they have inspired composers and poets to works which capture their very unique atmosphere. The LaCappella family consists of a number of ensembles of varying size, who here their attention to compositions and arrangements by Ola Gjeilo and Edward Elgar, by Wilhelm Nagel and John Rutter, bringing these works together on an inspiring album which melds clear, frosty nights with the warmth of candlelight. Raunachte tells stories of stillness, snow, and joyful expectation. ‘Raunachte’: these are the twelve cold, dark nights which, across Northern Europe, are steeped in myths, legends, and spirituality. In these nights, images of oppressive, bare forests collide with the Christmas message of hope. Time and again, they have inspired composers and poets to works which capture their very unique atmosphere. The LaCappella family consists of a number of ensembles of varying size, who here their attention to compositions and arrangements by Ola Gjeilo and Edward Elgar, by Wilhelm Nagel and John Rutter, bringing these works together on an inspiring album which melds clear, frosty nights with the warmth of candlelight. Raunachte tells stories of stillness, snow, and joyful expectation. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gabriel's message by Traditional
Conductor:  Veronika Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaCappella 2.0
Written: Basque Provinces 
2.
Tundra by Ola Gjeilo
Performer:  Freya Ritts-Kirby (Violin), Elisabeth Bauer (Soprano), Lydia Kappesser (Viola),
Karen Von Trotha (Violin), Runa Büsing (Cello)
Conductor:  Veronika Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaCappella 2.0,  LaCappella Nuova
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Norway 
3.
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging by Anonymous
Conductor:  Veronika Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaCappella 2.0
4.
The Peace of the Wild Things by Joan Szymko
Performer:  Lars Keitel (Piano)
Conductor:  Veronika Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaCappella Nuova
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
Schöne Nacht by Wilhelm Nagel
Conductor:  Veronika Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaCappella DieMänner
6.
Keep It Close by Morten Sorensen
Performer:  Marie Tetzlaff (Oboe D'amore)
Conductor:  Veronika Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble LaCappella
7.
O du stille Zeit by Cesar Bresgen
Conductor:  Veronika Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaCappella 2.0
Period: Modern 
8.
Es wird schon glei dumpa by Traditional
Conductor:  Veronika Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaCappella Nuova,  LaCappella DieMänner
9.
Partsongs (2), Op. 26: no 1, Snow by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Karen Von Trotha (Violin), Freya Ritts-Kirby (Violin)
Conductor:  Veronika Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaCappella 2.0,  LaCappella Nuova
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; England 
10.
Gjendines bådnlåt by Gjendine Slålien
Conductor:  Veronika Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaCappella Nuova,  LaCappella DieMänner
11.
Der erste Frühlingstag, Op. 48: no 5, Morgengebet by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Veronika Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaCappella DieMänner
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
12.
Magnificat by Agneta Skold
Performer:  Mónica Rincón (Harp), Irina Ushakova (Cello)
Conductor:  Veronika Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaCappella Nuova,  LaCappella dolce
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1998; Sweden 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Painted in Pastels November 29, 2017 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "For Americans, the Twelve Days of Christmas means turtledoves, drummers drumming and five golden rings. But for Northern Europeans, that time between Christmas day and Epiphany (January 6) is when winter weather is often its harshest. And yet it's also a time of hope. Raunächte collects twelve works that exemplify that spirit of hope "in the bleak midwinter." If the carol "The 12 Days of Chrismas" evokes bright, primary reds and greens, these compositions conjure up images in soft pastels. Even works such as John Rutter's "Gabriel's Message" and Edward Elgar's "The Snow" seem more muted. The LaCapella-Family is a group of five ensembles that present a varied program. The contemporary selections are especially strong. Ola Gjeilo's "Tundra" depicts the windswept landscape with a hauntingly beautiful melody set against rustling strings and piano. "The Piece of Wild Things" by Joan Szymko for female choir and piano glistens like moonlight reflections on snow. I love it. Also of note in this album of extraordinarily beautiful works is Franz Herzog's luminous arrangement of "Es wird scho glei dumpa" for a capella choir. The album concludes with a joyful "Magnificat" by Agneta Skjöld. If you're looking for something different this holiday season, consider Raunächte. It's seasonal music drawn in pastels, yet with an amazing variety of emotions and tonal colors." Report Abuse
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