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Hugo Distler (1908-1942): The Christmas Story / Regina Werner, Volker Arndt, Heidl Riess; Gothart Stier

Audio Samples

  1. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. I. Introduction: Chorus "Das Volk, so im Finstern wandelt" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Chorale "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Recitative "Es ward gesandt der Engel Gabriel" (Narrator, Angel, Mary) $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Chorale "Das Röslein, das ich meine" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Recitative "Maria aber stand auf" (Narrator, Elizabeth) $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Magnificat. Chorale "Meine Seele erhebt Gott, den Herrn, Wir bitten dich von Herzen" (M $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Recitative "Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit" (Narrator) $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Chorale "Das Blümelein so kleine" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Recitative "Und es waren Hirten" (Narrator, Angel) $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Chorus "Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Recitative "Und da die Engel" (Narrator) $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Chorus "Lasset uns nun gehen" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Recitative "Und sie kamen eilend" (Narrator) $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Chorale "Die Hirten zu der Stunden" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Recitative "Da Jesus geboren war zu Bethlehem" (Narrator) $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Chorus "Wo ist der neugeborene König" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Recitative "Da das der König Herodes hörete" (Narrator) $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Chorus "Zu Bethlehem, im jüdischen Lande" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Recitative "Denn also stehet geschrieben" (Narrator, Herod) $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Chorale "Lob, Ehr sei Gott dem Vater" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Recitative "Und siehe, ein Mensch war zu Jerusalem" (Narrator, Simeon) $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Pt. II. The Christmas Story: Chorale "So singen wir all Amen" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  23. Distler — Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, Conclusion: Chorus "Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Distler, Hugo : Die Weihnachtsgeschichte
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Hugo Distler was one of the most important composers of choral music in the first half of the 20th century. His music reaches back to the great German polyphonists like Schutz, imbuing it with polymodal and polyrythmic elements, creating a unique, introverted, ascetic but deeply felt language that touches the heart. His personal troubles and the repression of his music by the Nazis that thought it 'degenerate,' led to his suicide in 1942. This recording, featuring a stellar solo cast ably supported by the Thomanerchor Leipzig - one of the most respected choirs in Europe - can only increase your appreciation for a composer whose work represents an important chapter in sacred music history.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The performance is good - clear in quality and pitch. Rotzsch not only leads competently, but his fine tenor is an asset as the narrator. The sound has the proper ecclesiastical echo. If you have any German, the singers enunciate well enough to grasp the text.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Hans-Joachim Rotzsch (tenor); Regina Werner (soprano); Hermann-Christian Polster, Gothart Stier (bass voice).

Recording information: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig (1979).



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>Distler, Hugo : Die Weihnachtsgeschichte
  • Conductor: Hans-Joachim Rotzsch
  • Ensemble: Thomanerchor Leipzig
  • Running Time: 36 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1933