Various Artists: The Complete Christmas Celebration

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>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 1. Chorus. Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 2. Recitative. Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 3. Recitative. Nun wird mein liebster Bräutigam
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 4. Aria. Bereite dich, Zion
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 5. Chorale. Wie soll ich dich empfangen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 6. Recitative. Und sie gebar ihren ersten Sohn
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 7. Chorale. Er ist auf Erden kommen arm / Recitative. Wer will die Liebe recht erhöhn
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 8. Aria. Groáer Herr, o starker König
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 9. Chorale. Ach, mein herzliebes Jesulein
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 10. Sinfonia
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 11. Recitative. Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 12. Chorale. Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 13. Recitative. Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen / Fürchtet euch nicht
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 14. Recitative. Was Gott dem Abraham verheiáen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 15. Aria. Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 16. Recitative. Und das habt zum Zeichen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 17. Chorale. Schaut hin, dort liegt im finstern Stall
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 18. Recitative. So geht denn hin
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 19. Aria. Schlafe, mein Liebster, genieáe der Ruh
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 20. Recitative. Und alsobald war da bei denn Engel
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 21. Chorus. Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 22. Recitative. So recht, ihr Engel, jauchzt und singet
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 23. Chorale. Wir singen dir in deinem Heer
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 24. Chorus. Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 25. Recitative. Und da die Engel von ihnen gen Himmel fuhren
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 26. Chorus. Lasset uns nun gehen gen Bethlehem
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 27. Recitative. Er hat sein Volk getröst'
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 28. Chorale. Dies hat er alles uns getan
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 29. Duet. Herr, dein Mitleid, dein Erbarmen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 30. Recitative. Und sie kamen eilend
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 31. Aria. Schlieáe, mein Herze, dies selige Wunder
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 32. Recitative. Ja, ja, mein Herz soll es bewahren
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 33. Chorale. Ich will dich mit Fleiá bewahren
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 34. Recitative. Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 35. Chorale. Seid froh dieweil
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 24. Chorus (da capo). Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 36. Chorus. Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 37. Recitative. Und da acht Tage um waren
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 38. Recitative. Immanuel, o süáes Wort / Arioso. Jesu, du mein liebstes Leben
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 39. Aria. Flöát, mein Heiland, flöát dein Namen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 40. Recitative. Wohlan, dein Name soll allein / Chorale. Jesu, meine Freud und Wonne
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 41. Aria. Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 42. Chorale. Jesus, richte mein Beginnen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 43. Chorus. Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 44. Recitative. Da Jesu geboren war zu Bethlehem
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 45. Chorus. Wo ist der neugeborene König der Juden / Recitative. Sucht ihn in meiner Brust
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 46. Chorale. Dein Glanz all Finsternis verzehrt
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 47. Aria. Erleucht auch meine finstre Sinnen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 48. Recitative. Da das der König Herodes hörte
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 49. Recitative. Warum wollt ihr erschrecken
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 50. Recitative. Und lieá versammeln alle Hohenpriester
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 51. Trio. Ach, wann wird die Zeit erscheinen?
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 52. Recitative. Mein Liebster herrschet schon
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 53. Chorale. Zwar ist solche Herzensstube
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 54. Chorus. Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 55. Recitative. Da berief Herodes die Weisen heimlich / Ziehet hin und forschet fleiáig
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 56. Recitative. Du Falscher, suche nur den Herrn zu fällen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 57. Aria. Nur ein Wink von seinen Händen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 58. Recitative. Als sie nun den König gehöret hatten
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 59. Chorale. Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 60. Recitative. Und Gott befahl ihnen im Traum
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 61. Recitative. So geht Genug, mein Schatz geht nicht von hier
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 62. Aria. Nun mögt ihr stolzen Feinde schrecken
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 63. Recitative. Was will der Höllen Schrecken nun
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 64. Chorale. Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 1. Sinfony
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 2. Recitative. Comfort ye my people / No. 3. Song. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 4. Chorus. And the glory of the Lord
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 5. Recitative. Thus saith the Lord / No. 6. Song. But who may abide the day of his coming
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 7. Chorus. And he shall purify
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 8. Recitative. Behold, a virgin shall conceive / No. 9. Song. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 10. Recitative. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth / No. 11. Song. The people that walked in darkness
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 12. Chorus. For unto us a child is born
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 13. Pifa
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 14a. Recitative. There were shepherds, abiding in the field / No. 14b. Recitative. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them / No. 15. Recitative. And the angel said unto them / No. 16. Recitative. And suddenly there w
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 18. Song. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 19. Recitative. Then shall the eyes of the blind / No. 20. Song. He shall feed his flock
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 21. Chorus. His yoke is easy, and his burthen is light
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 22. Chorus. Behold the Lamb of God
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 23. Song. He was despised
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 24. Chorus. Surely he hath brone our griefs / No. 25. Chorus. And with his stripes we are healed
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 26. Chorus. And we like sheep have gone astray
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 27. Recitative. All they that see him laugh him to scorn / No. 28. Chorus. He trusted in God
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 29. Recitative. Thy rebuke has broken his heart / No. 30. Song. Behold and see if there be any sorrow / No. 31. Recitative. He was cut off out of the land of the living
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 32. Song. But thou didst not leave his soul in hell
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 33. Chorus. Lift up your heads, O ye gates
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 34. Recitative. Unto which of the angels said he at any time / No. 35. Chorus. Let all the angels of God worship him
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 36. Song. Thou art gone up on high
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 37. Chorus. The Lord gave the word
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 38. Song. How beautiful are the feet
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 39. Chorus. Their sound is gone out
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 40. Song. Why do the nations so furiously rage together / No. 41. Chorus. Let us break their bonds asunder
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 42. Recitative. He that dwelleth in heaven / No. 43. Song. Thou shalt break them
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 44. Chorus. Hallelujah
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 45. Song. I know that my Redeemer liveth
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 46. Chorus. Since by man came death
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 47. Recitative. Behold, I tell you a mystery / No. 48. Song. The trumpet shall sound
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 49. Recitative. Then shall be brought to pass / No. 50. Duet. O death, where is thy sting?
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 51. Chorus. But thanks be to God
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 52. Song. If God be for us
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 53. Chorus. Wothy is the Lamb that was slain
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 54. Chorus. Amen
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Ouverture, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1 . No. 1. Scène: L'ornement et l'illumination de l'arbre de Noël, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1 . No. 2. Marche, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1 . No. 3. Petit galop des enfants et entrée des parents, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1 . No. 4. Scène dansante, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1 . No. 5. Scène et danse Gross-Vater, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1 . No. 6. Scène, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1 . No. 7. Scène, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 2 . No. 8. Scène, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 2 . No. 9. Valse des flocons de neige, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . No. 10. Scène, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . No. 11. Scène, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Divertissement. No. 12a. Le chocolat, The (Danse espagnole)
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Divertissement. No. 12b. Le café, The (Danse arabe)
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Divertissement. No. 12c. Le thé, The (Danse chinoise)
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Divertissement. No. 12d. Trépak, The (Danse russe)
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Divertissement. No. 12e. Danse des mirlitons, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Divertissement. No. 12f. La mère Gigogne et les polichinelles, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . No. 13. Valse des fleurs, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Pas de deux. No. 14a. La fée Dragée et le prince Orgeat, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Pas de deux. No. 14b. Variation 1, The (pour le danseur)
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Pas de deux. No. 14c. Variation 2, The (pour la danseuse) (Danse de la fée Daragée)
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Pas de deux. No. 14d. Coda, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . No. 15. Valse finale et Apothéose, The
>O du fröhlichs, o du selige
>Übers Gebirg Marie geht
>Benedixisti, Domine
>Hodie Christus natus est
>O Jesulein zart
>es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
>Von der Geburt Christi: O Freude über Freud'
>Heilige Nacht
>Quem pastores laudavere
>Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
>Wie schön singt uns der Engel Schar
>Still, o Himmel
>Es blühen die Maien
>Verbum caro factum est
>Freu' dich, Erd' und Sternenzeit
>O schlafe, schlafe, göttlicher Knabe
>Auf dem Berge da geht der Wind
>Adeste fideles
>Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
>Once in royal David's city
>Up, good Christian folk, and listen
>On Christmas Night (Sussex Carol)
>Ding dong, merrily on high
>O little town of Bethlehem
>Silent night
>In the bleak midwinter
>first Nowell, The
>Hark, the herald angels sing
>Away in a manger
>seven joys of Mary, The
>infant king, The
>God rest you merry, Gentlemen
>holly and the ivy, The
>I saw three ships
>O come, all ye faithful

Track List

>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 1. Chorus. Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 2. Recitative. Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 3. Recitative. Nun wird mein liebster Bräutigam
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 4. Aria. Bereite dich, Zion
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 5. Chorale. Wie soll ich dich empfangen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 6. Recitative. Und sie gebar ihren ersten Sohn
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 7. Chorale. Er ist auf Erden kommen arm / Recitative. Wer will die Liebe recht erhöhn
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 8. Aria. Groáer Herr, o starker König
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 9. Chorale. Ach, mein herzliebes Jesulein
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 10. Sinfonia
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 11. Recitative. Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 12. Chorale. Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 13. Recitative. Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen / Fürchtet euch nicht
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 14. Recitative. Was Gott dem Abraham verheiáen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 15. Aria. Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 16. Recitative. Und das habt zum Zeichen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 17. Chorale. Schaut hin, dort liegt im finstern Stall
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 18. Recitative. So geht denn hin
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 19. Aria. Schlafe, mein Liebster, genieáe der Ruh
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 20. Recitative. Und alsobald war da bei denn Engel
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 21. Chorus. Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 22. Recitative. So recht, ihr Engel, jauchzt und singet
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 23. Chorale. Wir singen dir in deinem Heer
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 24. Chorus. Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 25. Recitative. Und da die Engel von ihnen gen Himmel fuhren
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 26. Chorus. Lasset uns nun gehen gen Bethlehem
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 27. Recitative. Er hat sein Volk getröst'
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 28. Chorale. Dies hat er alles uns getan
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 29. Duet. Herr, dein Mitleid, dein Erbarmen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 30. Recitative. Und sie kamen eilend
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 31. Aria. Schlieáe, mein Herze, dies selige Wunder
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 32. Recitative. Ja, ja, mein Herz soll es bewahren
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 33. Chorale. Ich will dich mit Fleiá bewahren
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 34. Recitative. Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 35. Chorale. Seid froh dieweil
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 24. Chorus (da capo). Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 36. Chorus. Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 37. Recitative. Und da acht Tage um waren
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 38. Recitative. Immanuel, o süáes Wort / Arioso. Jesu, du mein liebstes Leben
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 39. Aria. Flöát, mein Heiland, flöát dein Namen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 40. Recitative. Wohlan, dein Name soll allein / Chorale. Jesu, meine Freud und Wonne
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 41. Aria. Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 42. Chorale. Jesus, richte mein Beginnen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 43. Chorus. Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 44. Recitative. Da Jesu geboren war zu Bethlehem
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 45. Chorus. Wo ist der neugeborene König der Juden / Recitative. Sucht ihn in meiner Brust
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 46. Chorale. Dein Glanz all Finsternis verzehrt
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 47. Aria. Erleucht auch meine finstre Sinnen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 48. Recitative. Da das der König Herodes hörte
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 49. Recitative. Warum wollt ihr erschrecken
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 50. Recitative. Und lieá versammeln alle Hohenpriester
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 51. Trio. Ach, wann wird die Zeit erscheinen?
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 52. Recitative. Mein Liebster herrschet schon
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 53. Chorale. Zwar ist solche Herzensstube
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 54. Chorus. Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 55. Recitative. Da berief Herodes die Weisen heimlich / Ziehet hin und forschet fleiáig
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 56. Recitative. Du Falscher, suche nur den Herrn zu fällen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 57. Aria. Nur ein Wink von seinen Händen
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 58. Recitative. Als sie nun den König gehöret hatten
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 59. Chorale. Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 60. Recitative. Und Gott befahl ihnen im Traum
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 61. Recitative. So geht Genug, mein Schatz geht nicht von hier
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 62. Aria. Nun mögt ihr stolzen Feinde schrecken
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 63. Recitative. Was will der Höllen Schrecken nun
>Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 64. Chorale. Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 1. Sinfony
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 2. Recitative. Comfort ye my people / No. 3. Song. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 4. Chorus. And the glory of the Lord
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 5. Recitative. Thus saith the Lord / No. 6. Song. But who may abide the day of his coming
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 7. Chorus. And he shall purify
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 8. Recitative. Behold, a virgin shall conceive / No. 9. Song. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 10. Recitative. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth / No. 11. Song. The people that walked in darkness
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 12. Chorus. For unto us a child is born
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 13. Pifa
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 14a. Recitative. There were shepherds, abiding in the field / No. 14b. Recitative. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them / No. 15. Recitative. And the angel said unto them / No. 16. Recitative. And suddenly there w
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 18. Song. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 19. Recitative. Then shall the eyes of the blind / No. 20. Song. He shall feed his flock
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 21. Chorus. His yoke is easy, and his burthen is light
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 22. Chorus. Behold the Lamb of God
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 23. Song. He was despised
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 24. Chorus. Surely he hath brone our griefs / No. 25. Chorus. And with his stripes we are healed
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 26. Chorus. And we like sheep have gone astray
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 27. Recitative. All they that see him laugh him to scorn / No. 28. Chorus. He trusted in God
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 29. Recitative. Thy rebuke has broken his heart / No. 30. Song. Behold and see if there be any sorrow / No. 31. Recitative. He was cut off out of the land of the living
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 32. Song. But thou didst not leave his soul in hell
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 33. Chorus. Lift up your heads, O ye gates
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 34. Recitative. Unto which of the angels said he at any time / No. 35. Chorus. Let all the angels of God worship him
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 36. Song. Thou art gone up on high
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 37. Chorus. The Lord gave the word
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 38. Song. How beautiful are the feet
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 39. Chorus. Their sound is gone out
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 40. Song. Why do the nations so furiously rage together / No. 41. Chorus. Let us break their bonds asunder
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 42. Recitative. He that dwelleth in heaven / No. 43. Song. Thou shalt break them
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 44. Chorus. Hallelujah
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 45. Song. I know that my Redeemer liveth
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 46. Chorus. Since by man came death
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 47. Recitative. Behold, I tell you a mystery / No. 48. Song. The trumpet shall sound
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 49. Recitative. Then shall be brought to pass / No. 50. Duet. O death, where is thy sting?
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 51. Chorus. But thanks be to God
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 52. Song. If God be for us
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 53. Chorus. Wothy is the Lamb that was slain
>Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 54. Chorus. Amen
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Ouverture, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1 . No. 1. Scène: L'ornement et l'illumination de l'arbre de Noël, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1 . No. 2. Marche, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1 . No. 3. Petit galop des enfants et entrée des parents, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1 . No. 4. Scène dansante, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1 . No. 5. Scène et danse Gross-Vater, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1 . No. 6. Scène, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1 . No. 7. Scène, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 2 . No. 8. Scène, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 2 . No. 9. Valse des flocons de neige, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . No. 10. Scène, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . No. 11. Scène, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Divertissement. No. 12a. Le chocolat, The (Danse espagnole)
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Divertissement. No. 12b. Le café, The (Danse arabe)
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Divertissement. No. 12c. Le thé, The (Danse chinoise)
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Divertissement. No. 12d. Trépak, The (Danse russe)
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Divertissement. No. 12e. Danse des mirlitons, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Divertissement. No. 12f. La mère Gigogne et les polichinelles, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . No. 13. Valse des fleurs, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Pas de deux. No. 14a. La fée Dragée et le prince Orgeat, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Pas de deux. No. 14b. Variation 1, The (pour le danseur)
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Pas de deux. No. 14c. Variation 2, The (pour la danseuse) (Danse de la fée Daragée)
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . Pas de deux. No. 14d. Coda, The
>Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3 . No. 15. Valse finale et Apothéose, The
>O du fröhlichs, o du selige
>Übers Gebirg Marie geht
>Benedixisti, Domine
>Hodie Christus natus est
>O Jesulein zart
>es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
>Von der Geburt Christi: O Freude über Freud'
>Heilige Nacht
>Quem pastores laudavere
>Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
>Wie schön singt uns der Engel Schar
>Still, o Himmel
>Es blühen die Maien
>Verbum caro factum est
>Freu' dich, Erd' und Sternenzeit
>O schlafe, schlafe, göttlicher Knabe
>Auf dem Berge da geht der Wind
>Adeste fideles
>Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
>Once in royal David's city
>Up, good Christian folk, and listen
>On Christmas Night (Sussex Carol)
>Ding dong, merrily on high
>O little town of Bethlehem
>Silent night
>In the bleak midwinter
>first Nowell, The
>Hark, the herald angels sing
>Away in a manger
>seven joys of Mary, The
>infant king, The
>God rest you merry, Gentlemen
>holly and the ivy, The
>I saw three ships
>O come, all ye faithful

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

This 7-CD budget price box includes the complete Christmas Oratorio, the complete Messiah and the complete Nutcracker ballet in top-notch performances that have been huge sellers over the years. Plus single discs of Christmas songs and carols from Germany and England to round off the package.

Album Notes

American listeners may not find this collection of old Deutsche Grammophon and Decca releases to be quite the "complete Christmas celebration" that's promised. American Christmas carols as a group are not included, although of course some of the selections from the German and English carol discs have achieved popularity in that country. The contents are also a bit unbalanced, with the Nutcracker, in a fine recording from the Kirov Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the only album containing music newer than the Baroque era. With these caveats in mind, this seven-CD box set offers high value for those who want to throw some CDs in a changer and keep it running through the holiday season. Recorded between 1980 and 1998, the box combines established favorites of the historical-instrument crowd, Gergiev's aforementioned Nutcracker (the most recent of the set), and stars respectively among the youth choirs of German and English cathedrals on the last two discs. These sound especially good in retrospect: the Bach Christmas Oratorio and Handel Messiah performances have been partly supplanted by newer approaches, but one comes to think that the high level of musical accomplishment among boy choirs at the end of the 20th century represents some kind of milestone. No texts and no booklet notes other than track lists are included; the track lists are simply repeated on the sleeves of the individual discs, which could easily have been given over to a few relevant words. But for those in search of a large volume of well-performed Christmas music for a low price, this fills the bill. ~James Manheim



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