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Richard Wetz: A Christmas Oratorio / Zumbult, Solyom-Nagy

Audio Samples

  1. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. I: Expectation and Annunciation: Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53: Pt. I: Expectation and Annunciation: O Heiland, reiss den Himmel auf (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. I: Expectation and Annunciation: Kommst du, kommst du Licht der Heiden? (Baritone) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. I: Expectation and Annunciation: Es wollt gut Jager jagen (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. I: Expectation and Annunciation: Komm, Herr Gott, du hochster Hort (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. II: The Birth of Christ: Kaiser Augustus leget an (Baritone) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. II: The Birth of Christ: Gott, dem der Erdenkreis zu klein (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. II: The Birth of Christ: Da Christi geboren war (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. II: The Birth of Christ: Laufet ihr Hirten (Baritone) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. II: The Birth of Christ: O heilig Kind, wir grossen dich (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. II: The Birth of Christ: Nun bist du hier (Soprano, Baritone) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. II: The Birth of Christ: Ich will dein Halleluja hier mit Freuden singen fur und fur (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. III: The 3 Kings: Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. III: The 3 Kings: Es fuhrt drei Konige Gottes Hand (Baritone) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. III: The 3 Kings: Jauchzet ihr Himmel, frohlockte ihr Erden (Soprano, Baritone) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. III: The 3 Kings: Du lieber, frommer, heilger Christ (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Wetz — Weihnachtsoratorio, Op. 53, Pt. III: The 3 Kings: Empor zu Gott, mein Lobgesang, empor (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Wetz, Richard : Ein Weihnachtsoratorium, for 2 voices, chorus & orchestra, Op. 53
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Wetz was a symphonist, and his oratorio ranks as his most extensive choral symphonic work. The double fugue at the end of the work is one of the most impressive discoveries in Wetz. Like the Requiem, the Christmas Oratorio was a work designed for the concert hall and not as music for religious services. As the title already indicates, the setting is based on sacred poems from earlier German literature. Wertz conducted the premiere himself on Dec.3, 1929 in Erfurt's Predigerkirche.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Being a Bruckner nut, I'm now tempted to check out a couple of Wetz's symphonies and his Requiem, which Mr Althouse professed to enjoy (M/J 2006). But I fear that, beyond music scholars and compulsive collectors, there won't be much of a market for this release outside of Germany - though I urge my fellow diehard fans of large-scale romantic choral extravaganzas to give it a try.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Thomaskirche Erfurt (11/27/2010).



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>Wetz, Richard : Ein Weihnachtsoratorium, for 2 voices, chorus & orchestra, Op. 53
  • Conductor: George Albrecht
  • Ensemble: Weimar Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 67 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1927-1929