In dulci jubilo / Hillier, Theatre of Voices

Release Date: 10/20/2017
Label: Dacapo
Catalog Number: 6220661
Orchestra/Ensemble: Theatre of Voices
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

SACD
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$14.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
In the gloomy sky of a winter’s night a bright star emerges and ignites Advent’s anticipation of the Nativity –the year moves towards the rebirth of light just at the time of greatest darkness. With evocative works by the Baroque master Dietrich Buxtehude and the circle of 17th-century northern German composers around him, Paul Hillier conducts his Grammy award-winning ensemble Theatre of Voices in a stimulating addition to the traditional Christmas repertoire. Theatre of Voices, widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost vocal groups, was founded by Paul Hillier in 1990 and re-established in Denmark when he moved to that country in 2004. The group presents a wide range of contemporary music, often juxtaposed with elements of early music. Their programs feature many of today’s most eminent composers - Berio, Pärt, Reich, Cage, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Stockhausen - while among their current favourite ‘early’ composers are Perotin, Dowland, and Buxtehude.

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REVIEW:

This latest exploration of Buxtehude and his circle from Paul Hillier and the Theatre of Voices is a joyful, festive program divided into four sections, with each one containing a work by Buxtehude, at least one substantial motet by a related composer and an organ solo. It was recorded in the warm acoustic of Garnisonskirken, Copenhagen.

The last motet, Ab Oriente venerunt Magi by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) is Theatre of Voices at their level best: tender, blended, and deliciously phrased. If you are looking for the Christmas disc of 2017, here it is.

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Works on This Recording
1. Praeambulum for Organ no 10 in F major, WV 39 by Heinrich Scheidemann
Period: Baroque
2. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern by Christian Geist
Conductor: Paul Hillier
3. Merk auf, mein Herz, und sieh dorthin by Johann Christoph Bach
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Theatre of Voices
4. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BuxWV 211 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Period: Baroque
5. Fürchtet euch nicht, BuxWV 30 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: Baroque
6. Pastores dicit quidnam vidistis by Christian Geist
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Theatre of Voices
Period: Baroque
7. Fuga for Organ in G minor by Johann Adam Reincken
Period: Baroque
8. Das neugeborne Kindelein, BuxWV 13 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Theatre of Voices
Period: Baroque
9. Ein kleines Kindelein, sacred aria for voice & 5 strings by Franz Tunder
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: Baroque
10. In dulci jubilo, BuxWV 52 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Theatre of Voices
Period: Baroque
11. Praeambulum for Organ in D Minor by Johann Adam Reincken
12. Jesu dulcis memoria, BuxWV 57 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor: Paul Hilliard
Period: Baroque
13. Rex Virtutum, for bass voice, 2 violins & continuo by Matthias Weckmann
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: Baroque
14. Ab Oriente venerum Magi by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Theatre of Voices
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1619 ; Netherlands (Holland
15. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Period: Baroque
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