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