100 Christmas Classics

Release Date: 11/15/2019
Label: Capriccio
Catalog Number: C7331
Number of Discs: 5

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Certainly, the 'quietest time of year' is also the time when music is to be most frequently heard - not only in public, in shops or markets, but also in the countryside, where Christmas is the time when perhaps the most singing is done. The music author Marius Schneider once underlined this fact by writing:"God hungers for songs." And thus the time which celebrates the symbolic birth of the Lord is a great time for music - even for people who may have no direct religious beliefs. With this 5CD-Set Capriccio presents in total 100 Classical Christmas titles, sung by most famous choruses and soloists. And draws a bow from the high classical Christmas Oratorio by Bach to more simple songs from the country side. And of course the most famous song can't be missed: Silent Night, Holy Night.

Works on This Recording
1. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Martin Flämig
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Germany
1. Ein Kind ist uns geboren, ein Sohn ist uns gegeben by Johann Wolfgang Franck
Performer: Axel Köhler (Counter-tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
2. Pueri, concinite by J. Ritter von Herbeck
Conductor: Peter Marschik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic
2. Gott hat dich, Maria erwählt by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: Regensburg Cathedral Choir
3. Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742 ; London, England
3. Tauet Himmel den Gerechten by Traditional
Conductor: Peter Marschik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Boys' Choir
4. Ich steh an deiner krippen hier by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Boy's Choir
Period: Baroque
4. Nun sei gegrüsst, o Jesulein by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Boys' Choir
5. Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night") by Adolphe Adam
Performer: David Cordier (Counter-tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cologne Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; France
5. Christmas Pastorale in G Minor for Organ & Strings by Gregor Joseph Werner
Conductor: Michael Erxleben
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Chamber Orchestra
6. Übers Gebirg Maria geht by Johannes Eccard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Regensburg Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance
6. Advent-Motetten (9), Op. 176: No. 7 Rorate coeli by Joseph Rheinberger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Regensburg Cathedral Choir
7. Messiah, HWV 56: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742 ; London, England
7. O admirabile commercium by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: Capella Gregoriana
8. Maria durch ein' Dornwald ging by Traditional
Conductor: Martin Flämig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuzchor Choir
Period: Renaissance
8. Oratorio de Noël, Op. 12: Recitative: Et Pastores erant - Gloria in altissimis Deo by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Armin Ude (Tenor), Ute Selbig (Soprano), Annette Markert (Contralto), Egbert Junghanns (Baritone)
Conductor: Martin Flämig
9. Süsser die Glocken nie klingen by Traditional
Performer: Jochen Kowalski (Counter-tenor)
9. Oratorio de Noël, Op. 12: Quare fremuerunt gentes? by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor: Martin Flämig
10. In dulci jubilo, BWV 368 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
11. Hört, der Engel helle Lieder by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Boy's Choir
12. Messiah, HWV 56: He shall feed His flock by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Charles Humphries (Counter-tenor), Max Emanuel Cencic (Soprano)
Conductor: Peter Marschik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Academy of London
Period: Baroque
Written: 1741 ; England
13. O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf by Traditional
Conductor: Peter Marschik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Boys' Choir
14. Auf dem Berge, da wehet ein Wind by Traditional
Performer: Vienna Boys Choir Soloist (Boy Soprano), Axel Köhler (Counter-tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cologne Radio Orchestra
Written: by 1841 ;
15. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 5, Wie soll ich dich empfangen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Ralf Otto
Period: Baroque
16. Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Op. 8: Ein Kind ist uns geboren, SWV 302 by Heinrich Schütz
Period: Baroque
Written: 1639 ; Germany
17. Kindelein zart by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Boy's Choir
18. Messiah, HWV 56: And He shall purify the sons of Levi by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742 ; London, England
19. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cologne Radio Chorus
Period: Baroque
20. Christmas Oratorio, Op. 12: Consurge by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor: Martin Flämig
21. Christmas Oratorio, Op. 12: Tollite hostias "Praise Ye the Lord" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor: Martin Flämig
Period: Romantic
Written: 1858 ; France
22. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 1, Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Ralf Otto
Period: Baroque
Written: 1734-1735 ; Leipzig, Germany
23. Messiah, HWV 56: Pastoral Symphony "Pifa" by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Michael Erxleben
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Berlin Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742 ; London, England
24. Quem pastores laudavere, hymn (Puericinium) by Michael Praetorius
Conductor: Martin Flämig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuzchor Choir
Period: Renaissance
25. Heil'ge Nacht auf Engelsschwingen by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Boy's Choir
26. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 8, Grosser Herr, und starker König by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Klaus Mertens (Bass)
Conductor: Ralf Otto
Orchestra/Ensemble: Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque
Written: 1734-1735 ; Leipzig, Germany
27. O Jesulein zart by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Boy's Choir
28. Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon septimi toni a 8, C 172 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor: Edward H. Tarr
Orchestra/Ensemble: HR Brass
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1597 ; Italy
29. O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf, carol (German) by Traditional
Conductor: Peter Marschik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Boys' Choir
30. Schlaf wohl, du Himmelsknabe du by Carl B. Neuner
Performer: David Cordier (Counter-tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cologne Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic
31. Enatus est Emanuel by Michael Praetorius
Conductor: Martin Flämig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuzchor Choir
Period: Renaissance
32. Concerto pastorale in G major: Largo by Johann Melchior Molter
Conductor: Michael Erxleben
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Berlin Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ; Germany
33. Jesu, meines Herzens Freud', BWV 361 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
34. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 4, Bereite dich, Zion by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Monica Groop (Alto)
Conductor: Ralf Otto
Orchestra/Ensemble: Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque
Written: 1734-1735 ; Leipzig, Germany
35. Dichter unbekannt, Op. 81: 3. Inmitten der Nacht by Wilhelm Taubert
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Boy's Choir
Period: Romantic
36. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 8 in G minor "Christmas" - Allegro by Arcangelo Corelli
Conductor: Michael Erxleben
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Berlin Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1708-1712 ; Rome, Italy
37. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 8 in G minor "Christmas" - 7th movement, Largo "Pastorale" by Arcangelo Corelli
Conductor: Michael Erxleben
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Berlin Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
38. Stille, stille, lasst uns lauschen by Traditional
Conductor: Martin Flämig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuzchor Choir
Period: 20th Century
39. Jubilate-Amen, Op. 3 by Max Bruch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1858 ; Germany
40. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer: Axel Köhler (Counter-tenor)
Period: Classical
Written: by 1782 ; England
41. Still, still, still by Traditional
Performer: Hermann Prey (Baritone)
42. O Jesulein süss, O Jesulein mild, BWV 493 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Jochen Kowalski (Counter-tenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1736 ; Leipzig, Germany
43. Zu Bethlehem geboren by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Boy's Choir
44. Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031: 2nd movement, Siciliano by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Martin Lucker (Organ), Reinhold Friedrich (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1734 ; Leipzig, Germany
45. Messiah, HWV 56: Surely He hath borne our griefs by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742 ; London, England
46. Lieb Nachtigall, wach auf (Bamberger Gesangbuch, 1670) by Traditional
Performer: Axel Köhler (Counter-tenor), Peter Dicke (Organ)
Written: 16th Century ;
47. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 1: no 8 in F minor "Christmas Concerto" - Pastorale by Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Conductor: Michael Erxleben
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Berlin Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
48. Motets (3) for Chorus and Organ, Op. 39: no 2, Praise the Lord by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Michael-Christfried Winkler (Organ)
Conductor: Martin Flämig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuzchor Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830/1838 ; Germany
49. Shepherd's Song, 'Kommet ihr Hirten' by Traditional
Performer: Hermann Prey (Baritone)
50. Vom Himmel hoch, o Englein kommt by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Boy's Choir
51. Song of the 3 Holy Kings, for 3 voices, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 21 by Max Bruch
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1863 ;
52. Als Ich bei meinen Schafen wacht' by Traditional
Conductor: Peter Marschik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Boys' Choir
53. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 15, Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Conductor: Ralf Otto
Orchestra/Ensemble: Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque
Written: 1734-1735 ; Leipzig, Germany
54. Canzoni et sonate (21): Canzon XIV a 10 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor: Edward H. Tarr
Orchestra/Ensemble: HR Brass
Period: Renaissance
55. Freut euch, ihr lieben Christen by Leonhard Schröter
Conductor: Martin Flämig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuzchor Choir
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; Germany
56. Heiligste Nacht by Michael Haydn
Conductor: Peter Marschik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Austria
57. Schlaf, mein kinderlein by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Boy's Choir
Period: Renaissance
58. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 19, Schlafe, mein Liebster by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Monica Groop (Alto)
Conductor: Ralf Otto
Orchestra/Ensemble: Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque
59. Judas Maccabeus: Tochter Zion, freue dich by George Frideric Handel
Period: Baroque
Written: 1746 ;
60. Macht hoch die Tür by Traditional
Performer: Jochen Kowalski (Counter-tenor)
61. Joseph, lieber Joseph mein by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Boy's Choir
62. Fröhliche Weihnacht überall by Traditional
Performer: Hermann Prey (Baritone)
63. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 10, Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Ralf Otto
Orchestra/Ensemble: Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque
Written: 1734-1735 ; Leipzig, Germany
64. Ihr Kinderlein kommet by Traditional
Conductor: Martin Flämig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuzchor Choir
Period: 20th Century
65. Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Conductor: Peter Marschik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 19th Century ; USA
66. Auf, Tochter Zion, schmücke dich by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Boy's Choir
67. Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon septimi toni a 8, C 172 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor: Edward H. Tarr
Orchestra/Ensemble: HR Brass
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1597 ; Italy
68. O du fröhliche by Traditional
Performer: David Cordier (Alto), Peter Dicke (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cologne Radio Chorus
69. Gegrüsset seist du, Maria by Traditional
70. Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV 143: Du Friedenfürst, Herr Jesu Christ, wahr'r Mensch by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
71. Ave maris stella, EG 150 by Edvard Grieg
Orchestra/Ensemble: Regensburg Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1899 ; Norway
72. Ich freue mich in der, BWV 465 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Jochen Kowalski (Alto)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1736 ; Leipzig, Germany
73. Heut kam ein Engel by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Boy's Choir
74. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Matthias Eisenberg (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; Germany
75. Gruss an die Heilige Nacht, Op. 62 by Max Bruch
Performer: Peter Dicke (Organ), Katharina Kammerloher (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Germany
76. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 43, Ehre sei dir, Gott! by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Ralf Otto
Period: Baroque
Written: 1734-1735 ; Leipzig, Germany
77. Laßt uns das Kindlein wiegen, carol (German) by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Boy's Choir
78. Sonata for Trumpet and Organ in G major: Lento dolce by Jean-B [Ghent] Loeillet
Period: Baroque
79. Alleluja! Freuet euch by Andreas Hammerschmidt
Conductor: Martin Flämig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuzchor Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century ; Germany
80. Die Kindheit Jesu by Johann Christoph Bach
Conductor: Hermann Max
Period: Baroque
Written: 1773 ;
81. Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76: no 52, Maria Wiegenlied by Max Reger
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903-1912 ; Germany
82. Canzon a 8 no 25 by Gioseffo Guami
Conductor: Edward H. Tarr
Orchestra/Ensemble: HR Brass
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1608 ; Italy
83. Jesu, du mein liebstes Leben, BWV 356 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble: Rostocker Motet Choir
Period: Baroque
84. The first nowell by Traditional
Conductor: Peter Marschik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Boys' Choir
85. Concerti Grossi (12), Op. 8: no 6 in G minor "Christmas Concerto" - 1st movement, Grave - Vivace by Giuseppe Torelli
Conductor: Michael Erxleben
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Berlin Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1709 ; Italy
86. Concerti Grossi (12), Op. 8: no 6 in G minor "Christmas Concerto" - 2nd movement, Largo by Giuseppe Torelli
Conductor: Michael Erxleben
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Berlin Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1709 ; Italy
87. Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: no 4, Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren, Gott, Vater, heiligem Geis by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Edita Gruberova (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: German Bach Soloists
Period: Baroque
Written: 1730 ; Leipzig, Germany
88. God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Conductor: Peter Marschik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Boys' Choir Soloists
89. Sacred Songs (8) for Chorus, Op. 138: no 4, Unser lieben by Max Reger
Conductor: Martin Flämig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuzchor Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1914 ; Germany
90. The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum" by Katherine K. Davis
Conductor: Peter Marschik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958 ; USA
91. Heilige Nacht, Nacht der unendlichen Liebe by Johann Friedrich Reichardt
Performer: Jochen Kowalski (Alto)
Period: Classical
92. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor: Peter Marschik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Classical
Written: 1818 ; Austria
93. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 64, Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Ralf Otto
Period: Baroque
Written: 1734-1735 ; Leipzig, Germany
94. O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf by Traditional
Conductor: Peter Marschik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Boys' Choir
95. Auf dem Berge, da wehet ein Wind by Traditional
Performer: Vienna Boys Choir Soloist (Boy Soprano), Axel Köhler (Counter-tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cologne Radio Orchestra
Written: by 1841 ;
96. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 5, Wie soll ich dich empfangen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Ralf Otto
Period: Baroque
97. Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Op. 8: Ein Kind ist uns geboren, SWV 302 by Heinrich Schütz
Period: Baroque
Written: 1639 ; Germany
98. Kindelein zart by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Boy's Choir
99. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Martin Flämig
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Germany
100. Pueri, concinite by J. Ritter von Herbeck
Conductor: Peter Marschik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic
101. Ein Kind ist uns geboren, ein Sohn ist uns gegeben by Johann Wolfgang Franck
Performer: Axel Köhler (Counter-tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
102. Fröhliche Weihnacht überall by Traditional
Performer: Hermann Prey (Baritone)
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