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"Favorite Christmas Classics": Well and Lesser Known Works from Adolphe Adam, Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Gruber, et al / Various Artists and Ensembles

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : King Jesus Hath A Garden (Dutch)
>Schütz, Heinrich : Hodie Christus natus est, SWV 456
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
>Mouton, Jean : Nesciens Mater Virgo Virum, for 8 voices
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Vous qui désirez sans fin, noël for 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 531/3 (Noëls sur les instrument
>Ryba, Jakub Jan : Czech Christmas Mass, "Hail, Master!"
>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Laissez paître vos bêtes, noël for 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 531/1 (Noëls sur instruments)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Linden Tree Carol (German)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Christus, oratorio, Op. 97 (unfinished)
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Ryba, Jakub Jan : Czech Christmas Mass, "Hail, Master"
>Anonymous : Work(s)
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Liszt, Franz : Weihnachtsbaum, S186/ R71
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
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Notes & Reviews:

For almost two thousand years people around the world have been gathering to celebrate the Christmas season. These celebrations are as varied as their countries of origin but share at least two common threads, the birth of Jesus and the desire to celebrate this event in music. Carols such as Silent Night, O Holy Night or Ave Maria are sung throughout the world and need little introduction. Many of the tracks on this disc are less known but great Christmas carols.



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Works Details

>Traditional, Christmas : King Jesus Hath A Garden (Dutch)
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Schütz, Heinrich : Hodie Christus natus est, SWV 456
  • Conductor: Norman Scribner
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1640-1650

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben :: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Performer: Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Mouton, Jean : Nesciens Mater Virgo Virum, for 8 voices
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Vous qui désirez sans fin, noël for 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 531/3 (Noëls sur les instrument
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1690

>Ryba, Jakub Jan : Czech Christmas Mass, "Hail, Master!" :: Agnus Dei
  • Performers: Vladimir Dolezal (Tenor); Josef Ksica (Organ); Václav Sibera (Voice)
  • Conductor: Frantisek Thuri
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
  • Conductor: Owen Burdick
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1816

>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  • Conductor: Owen Burdick
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post-Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1892

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Laissez paître vos bêtes, noël for 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 531/1 (Noëls sur instruments)
  • Performer: Tracy Smith
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, Christmas : The Linden Tree Carol (German)
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Christus, oratorio, Op. 97 (unfinished)
  • Conductor: Norman Scribner
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1847

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Judy Loman (Harp); Nora Shulman (Flute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852

>Ryba, Jakub Jan : Czech Christmas Mass, "Hail, Master" :: Záver (Final Chorus)
  • Performer: Josef Ksica (Organ)
  • Conductor: Frantisek Thuri
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous : Work(s) :: The World's Fair Rose
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performer: Michael Bloss (Organ)
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: Michael Bloss (Organ)
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Liszt, Franz : Weihnachtsbaum, S186/ R71 :: III. Die Hirten an der Krippe (In dulci jubilo)
  • Performer: Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1873-76.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1876

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2, Scene 5
  • Conductor: Owen Burdick
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741