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Michael Praetorius: 'Christmas Vespers' - Selections from Polyhymnia caduceatrix, Musica Sionae and Puericinium, and Terpsichore / Apollo's Fire, Sorrell

Album Summary

>Praetorious, Michael : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, for 6 voices (from Musae Sioniae 5)
>Praetorious, Michael : Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
>Praetorious, Michael : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (from the Polyhymnia caduceatrix)
>Praetorious, Michael : Puer natus in Bethlehem
>Praetorious, Michael : Ach, Mein Herre, Straf Mich Doch Night (from the Polyhymnia caduceatrix)
>Praetorious, Michael : Wir glauben all an einen Gott
>Praetorious, Michael : Terpsichore
>Praetorious, Michael : Glori sei Gott (from the Polyhymnia caduceatrix)
>Praetorious, Michael : Quem pastores laudavere, hymn (Puericinium)
>Luther, Martin : Christum wir sollen loben schon, processional
>Praetorious, Michael : Magnificat, for chorus, organ & orchestra (Polyhymnia Caduceatrix, 1619)
>Praetorious, Michael : Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (How Brightly Shines the Morning Star) (from the Polyhymnia caduc
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Praetorious, Michael : Vater unser in dem Himmel, chorale setting à 4 (Musiae Sionae)
>Praetorious, Michael : Benedicamus aeterno Regi (Eulogodia Sionia, 1611)
>Praetorious, Michael : Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, organ chorale
>Praetorious, Michael : In dulci jubilo
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Music for the people" could have been the motto for 17th-century German composer Michael Praetorius. He adhered to the ideals of Protestant pioneer Martin Luther - of whom his father was a disciple - that music, like religion, should be open and free to all. Praetorius was an extraordinarily versatile composer and, along with J. S. Bach, was one of the greatest composers of Protestant church music in Germany. With his music he strived to bring together people of all walks of life, an aim mirrored in the present day's USA Network program "It Takes a Choir." Like the Vespers settings in the 17th century - most notably the Vespers of 1610 by Monteverdi, who inspired Praetorius - this Christmas Vespers is an assemblage of works by Praetorius that Apollo's Fire's founder/director Jeanette Sorrell has compiled. It highlights his virtuosic vocal and instrumental writing, and includes as interludes his popular carol settings "O Morning Star" and "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming."

New York Times, 25th November 2015
[Praetorius is] a composer virtually made to herald the joy of the Christmas season. The two sets of his music here...make no attempt to reconstruct actual services. Rather, Jeannette Sorrell culls highlights in an attempt, she says, "to create a vivid and compelling concert experience." In that she succeeds admirably...Sheer delight.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005).



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>Praetorious, Michael : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, for 6 voices (from Musae Sioniae 5)
  • Performers: Scott Mello (Cantor); Kirsten Solleck-Avella (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1607

>Praetorious, Michael : Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (from the Polyhymnia caduceatrix)
  • Performers: Jolle Greenleaf (Soprano); Paul Shipper (Drums); Kirsten Solleck-Avella (Cantor); Ryan Turner (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Puer natus in Bethlehem
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Ach, Mein Herre, Straf Mich Doch Night (from the Polyhymnia caduceatrix)
  • Performers: Jolle Greenleaf (Soprano); Sandra Simon (Soprano); Nell Snaidas (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Wir glauben all an einen Gott
  • Performers: Jolle Greenleaf (Soprano); Sandra Simon (Soprano); Nell Snaidas (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Terpsichore :: Bransle de Poictu - Gaillarde - Bransle gay - Bransle simple - Bransle double
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1612

>Praetorious, Michael : Glori sei Gott (from the Polyhymnia caduceatrix)
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Quem pastores laudavere, hymn (Puericinium)
  • Performers: Patrick Conklin (Voice); Allison Miller (Voice); Allison Paetz (Voice)
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Luther, Martin : Christum wir sollen loben schon, processional
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Magnificat, for chorus, organ & orchestra (Polyhymnia Caduceatrix, 1619)
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (How Brightly Shines the Morning Star) (from the Polyhymnia caduc
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Magnificat, for chorus, organ & orchestra (Polyhymnia Caduceatrix, 1619)
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1600

>Praetorious, Michael : Vater unser in dem Himmel, chorale setting à 4 (Musiae Sionae)
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Benedicamus aeterno Regi (Eulogodia Sionia, 1611)
  • Performer: Paul Shipper (Drums)
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, organ chorale
  • Performer: Michael Sponseller (Organ)
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : In dulci jubilo
  • Conductor: Beth Nelson
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, OH (12/09/2005-12/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1619