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Himlische Weyhnacht - Festive Christmas songs from Luther to Bach / Marie Luise Werneburg, soprano; Klaus Mertens, bass; Bell'Arte Salzburg, Siedel

Album Summary

>Luther, Martin : Vom Himmel hoch
>Hassler, Hans Leo : Cantiones sacrae de festis praecipuis totius anni
>Bernhard, Christoph : Fürchtet euch nicht, "Christmas concerto" for voice & orchestra
>Bruhns, Nicolaus : Mein Herz ist bereit, sacred concerto for voice, violin & continuo
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier, BWV 369
>Meder, Johann Valentin : Jubilate Deo omnis terra
>Anonymous : Sonata über den Choral "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern," for violin & continuo
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Nisi Dominus, for voice, violin & continuo
>Schütz, Heinrich : Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, motet for soprano, 2 violins (or other instruments) & continuo, SWV 3
>Zelenka, Jan D. : Alma Redemptoris Mater, antiphon for soprano, 2 violins & continuo in A major, ZWV 123
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Notes & Reviews:

For 20 years now, Bell'Arte Salzburg has been one of the leading ensembles for period performance practice and is seen as a first choice for early music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Intensity of expression, lively playing and persuasive programming have won an exceptional reputation for the ensemble, which has already appeared in concert series and at festivals all over Europe. For its new album "Himlische Weynacht", the musicians under the direction of Annegret Siedel went in search of the most impressive and moving works of Luther's day. Luther's tunes and texts were gladly and copiously used in Christmas hymns. Vocal support for Bell'Arte Salzburg in the choral works comes from young soprano Marie Luise Werneburg and the well-known bas Klaus Mertens, two exceptional vocal soloists in this genre. In consort with the ensemble, they perform a highly varied round of festive airs, adding detail to our mental picture of Luther's time with their musical representation of a Christmas celebration in those days.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Pankratius in Ochsenwerder, Hamburg (09/06/2015-09/10/2015).



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>Luther, Martin : Vom Himmel hoch
  • Performers: Klaus Mertens (Bass); Marie Werneburg
  • Conductor: Annegret Siedel
  • Ensemble: Bell'arte Salzburg
  • Notes: St. Pankratius in Ochsenwerder, Hamburg (09/06/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Hassler, Hans Leo : Cantiones sacrae de festis praecipuis totius anni
  • Performers: Klaus Mertens (Bass); Marie Werneburg
  • Conductor: Annegret Siedel
  • Ensemble: Bell'arte Salzburg
  • Notes: St. Pankratius in Ochsenwerder, Hamburg (09/06/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1591

>Bernhard, Christoph : Fürchtet euch nicht, "Christmas concerto" for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Klaus Mertens (Bass); Marie Werneburg
  • Conductor: Annegret Siedel
  • Ensemble: Bell'arte Salzburg
  • Notes: St. Pankratius in Ochsenwerder, Hamburg (09/06/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Luther, Martin : Vom Himmel hoch
  • Performers: Klaus Mertens (Bass); Marie Werneburg
  • Conductor: Annegret Siedel
  • Ensemble: Bell'arte Salzburg
  • Notes: St. Pankratius in Ochsenwerder, Hamburg (09/06/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Bruhns, Nicolaus : Mein Herz ist bereit, sacred concerto for voice, violin & continuo
  • Performers: Klaus Mertens (Bass); Marie Werneburg
  • Conductor: Annegret Siedel
  • Ensemble: Bell'arte Salzburg
  • Notes: St. Pankratius in Ochsenwerder, Hamburg (09/06/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier, BWV 369
  • Performers: Klaus Mertens (Bass); Marie Werneburg
  • Conductor: Annegret Siedel
  • Ensemble: Bell'arte Salzburg
  • Notes: St. Pankratius in Ochsenwerder, Hamburg (09/06/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1736

>Meder, Johann Valentin : Jubilate Deo omnis terra
  • Performers: Klaus Mertens (Bass); Marie Werneburg
  • Conductor: Annegret Siedel
  • Ensemble: Bell'arte Salzburg
  • Notes: St. Pankratius in Ochsenwerder, Hamburg (09/06/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous : Sonata über den Choral "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern," for violin & continuo
  • Performers: Klaus Mertens (Bass); Marie Werneburg
  • Conductor: Annegret Siedel
  • Ensemble: Bell'arte Salzburg
  • Notes: St. Pankratius in Ochsenwerder, Hamburg (09/06/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Nisi Dominus, for voice, violin & continuo
  • Performers: Klaus Mertens (Bass); Marie Werneburg
  • Conductor: Annegret Siedel
  • Ensemble: Bell'arte Salzburg
  • Notes: St. Pankratius in Ochsenwerder, Hamburg (09/06/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1705

>Schütz, Heinrich : Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, motet for soprano, 2 violins (or other instruments) & continuo, SWV 3
  • Performers: Klaus Mertens (Bass); Marie Werneburg
  • Conductor: Annegret Siedel
  • Ensemble: Bell'arte Salzburg
  • Notes: St. Pankratius in Ochsenwerder, Hamburg (09/06/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Alma Redemptoris Mater, antiphon for soprano, 2 violins & continuo in A major, ZWV 123
  • Performers: Klaus Mertens (Bass); Marie Werneburg
  • Conductor: Annegret Siedel
  • Ensemble: Bell'arte Salzburg
  • Notes: St. Pankratius in Ochsenwerder, Hamburg (09/06/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1727-1728

>Luther, Martin : Vom Himmel hoch
  • Performers: Klaus Mertens (Bass); Marie Werneburg
  • Conductor: Annegret Siedel
  • Ensemble: Bell'arte Salzburg
  • Notes: St. Pankratius in Ochsenwerder, Hamburg (09/06/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas