Musical Advent Calendar 2011 / Ancient & modern Christmas music of SW Germany

Audio Samples

>Mouret, Jean-Joseph : Sinfonies de Fanfares
>Hammerschmidt, Andreas : Machet die Tore weit (Open Wide the Gates)
>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
>Rheinberger, Joseph : "Cantilene" Sonata
>     Cantilene
>Coulais, Bruno : Three Songs from "Les Choristes"
>     Vois sur ton chemin
>Rutter, John : Child in a Manger, carol for children's chorus & piano
>Traditional, Christmas : Freu' dich' Erd' und Sternenzelt, carol (Bohemian)
>Figallo, Andrea : Christmas Lullaby, for chorus
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Kollo, Rene [Tenor Vocal] : Weihnachtsfriede, for voice & orchestra
>Berlioz, Hector : L'Enfance du Christ
>     Hirtenmusik der Ismaeliten (Chorus Of The Shepherds)
>Liszt, Franz : Ave Maria (I), for chorus & organ in B flat major, S. 20/1(LW J1/1)
>Traditional, Christmas : Hort der Engel helle Lieder (Angels We Have Heard on High), carol (German)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 140
>     Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers Awake)
>Marx, Michael : When the Children Fell Asleep, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Maria durch ein Dornwald ging, carol (Blest Mary Wanders through the Thorn)
>Bottcher, Michael : Chaconne for brass ensemble (after Handel)
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio)
>     Terzett (Trio)
>Manfredini, Francesco : "Christmas Pastorale" Concerto
>     Pastorale
>Mathias, Alex : A Diva's Christmas, song (after Adam's "O Holy Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : Wach, Nachtigall, wach auf
>Traditional, Christmas : Drei Konige aus Mohrenland, carol (German)
>Ortolani, Riz : Cantico delle creature
>Traditional, Christmas : O du frohliche, o du selige, gnadenbringende Weihnachtszeit, carol (tune "O Sanctissima")

Album Summary

>Mouret, Jean-Joseph : Sinfonies de Fanfares
>Hammerschmidt, Andreas : Machet die Tore weit (Open Wide the Gates)
>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
>Rheinberger, Joseph : "Cantilene" Sonata
>Coulais, Bruno : Three Songs from "Les Choristes"
>Rutter, John : Child in a Manger, carol for children's chorus & piano
>Traditional, Christmas : Freu' dich' Erd' und Sternenzelt, carol (Bohemian)
>Figallo, Andrea : Christmas Lullaby, for chorus
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Kollo, Rene [Tenor Vocal] : Weihnachtsfriede, for voice & orchestra
>Berlioz, Hector : L'Enfance du Christ
>Liszt, Franz : Ave Maria (I), for chorus & organ in B flat major, S. 20/1(LW J1/1)
>Traditional, Christmas : Hort der Engel helle Lieder (Angels We Have Heard on High), carol (German)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 140
>Marx, Michael : When the Children Fell Asleep, for chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Maria durch ein Dornwald ging, carol (Blest Mary Wanders through the Thorn)
>Bottcher, Michael : Chaconne for brass ensemble (after Handel)
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio)
>Manfredini, Francesco : "Christmas Pastorale" Concerto
>Mathias, Alex : A Diva's Christmas, song (after Adam's "O Holy Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : Wach, Nachtigall, wach auf
>Traditional, Christmas : Drei Konige aus Mohrenland, carol (German)
>Ortolani, Riz : Cantico delle creature
>Traditional, Christmas : O du frohliche, o du selige, gnadenbringende Weihnachtszeit, carol (tune "O Sanctissima")
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Notes & Reviews:

This recording documents the wealth of choral and instrumental ensembles in the southwest of Germany and shows the many facets of local Christmas Music: ancient and modern, small ensembles, choirs or orchestras - rhythmic, celebratory and contemplative. The Musical Advent Calendar features 24 Christmas songs performed by performed by the "Crème de la Crème" such as Juliane Banse and René Kollo. A delightful disc that displays the vitality and diversity of festive music making and provides perfect musical tuning into the season of December 1st until Christmas Eve.



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Works Details

>Mouret, Jean-Joseph : Sinfonies de Fanfares
  • Performers: Franz Troster (Trumpet); Dominik Axtmann (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Bonifatius Church, Ditfurt, Germany (05/13/2008-05/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1729

>Hammerschmidt, Andreas : Machet die Tore weit (Open Wide the Gates)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
  • Conductor: Hans-Georg Conrad
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1958

>Rheinberger, Joseph : "Cantilene" Sonata :: Cantilene
  • Performers: Sophie Moser (Violin); Katja Huhn (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Coulais, Bruno : Three Songs from "Les Choristes" :: Vois sur ton chemin
  • Performer: Volker Stenzl (Piano)
  • Notes: Staatsoper Stuttgart (07/23/2010-07/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Rutter, John : Child in a Manger, carol for children's chorus & piano
  • Performer: Fabian Luchterhandt (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Freu' dich' Erd' und Sternenzelt, carol (Bohemian)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.

>Figallo, Andrea : Christmas Lullaby, for chorus
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751

>René Kollo (Tenor Vocal) (1937 - ) : Weihnachtsfriede, for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Isabelle Müller (Harp); Renate Kehr (Flute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berlioz, Hector : L'Enfance du Christ :: Hirtenmusik der Ismaeliten (Chorus Of The Shepherds)
  • Performers: Renate Kehr (Flute); Marion Ludwig (Flute)
  • Conductor: Volker Müller
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 10/1850-07/1854

>Liszt, Franz : Ave Maria (I), for chorus & organ in B flat major, S. 20/1(LW J1/1)
  • Performers: Christian Schmitt (Organ); Juliane Banse (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842

>Traditional, Christmas : Hört der Engel helle Lieder (Angels We Have Heard on High), carol (German)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 140 :: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers Awake)
  • Performers: Marcus Watta (Guitar); Rebecca Watta (Voice); Donat Deger (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 11/25/1731

>Marx, Michael : When the Children Fell Asleep, for chorus
  • Ensemble: Marx Rootschilt Tillermann
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Maria durch ein Dornwald ging, carol (Blest Mary Wanders through the Thorn)
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Spielleyt
  • Notes: Martinskirche Mühlheim (06/11/2010-06/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1450-1450

>Michael Böttcher : Chaconne for brass ensemble (after Handel)
  • Conductor: Christof Schmidt
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio) :: Terzett (Trio)
  • Performers: Daniel Schreiber (Tenor); Philipp Pelster (Organ); Joachim Herrmann; Diana-Marina Fischer; Samira Memarzadeh (Harp)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1858

>Manfredini, Francesco : "Christmas Pastorale" Concerto :: Pastorale
  • Ensemble: RSO Chamber Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Mathias, Alex : A Diva's Christmas, song (after Adam's "O Holy Night")
  • Performers: Alex Mathias (Piano); Birgit Auweiler (Voice); Ully Mathias (Voice); Jessica Born (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Wach, Nachtigall, wach auf
  • Performer: Petr Hemmer (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Drei Könige aus Mohrenland, carol (German)
  • Performers: Andreas Hoffmann (Piano); Andreas Bongard
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.

>Ortolani, Riz : Cantico delle creature
  • Performers: Torsten Laux (Organ); Klaus Riemer (Flute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : O du fröhliche, o du selige, gnadenbringende Weihnachtszeit, carol (tune "O Sanctissima")
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1792