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Heinrich von Herzogenberg: Die Geburt Christi / Grube, Schudel, Eggers, Maus, Schramm

> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part III, Die Anbetung (The Adoration): Hirtenmusik
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part III, Die Anbetung (The Adoration): Kommt und lasst uns Christum ehren (Chorus)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part III, Die Anbetung (The Adoration): Recitative: Und da die Engel von Ihnen (Tenor I, Chorus)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part III, Die Anbetung (The Adoration): Kommet, ihr Hirten (Chorus)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part III, Die Anbetung (The Adoration): Recitative: Und sie kamen eilend (Tenor I)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part III, Die Anbetung (The Adoration): Nun singet und seid froh (Soprano, Alto, Tenor II, Bass II, Chorus)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part III, Die Anbetung (The Adoration): Recitative: Da sie es aber gesehen hatten (Tenor I)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part III, Die Anbetung (The Adoration): Als ich bei meinen Schafen wacht' (Tenor II, Chorus)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part III, Die Anbetung (The Adoration): Recitative: Maria aber behielt (Tenor I)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part III, Die Anbetung (The Adoration): Gelobet sei der Herr (Tenor I, Tenor II, Bass I, Bass II, Chorus)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part III, Die Anbetung (The Adoration): Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt (Chorus)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part III, Die Anbetung (The Adoration): Sei willekomm, du edler Gast (Chorus)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part II, Die Erfullung (The Fulfillment): Maria aber sprach (Soprano, Tenor I)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part II, Die Erfullung (The Fulfillment): Erklinge, Lied, und werde Schall (Soprano, Alto, Tenor II, Bass II, Chorus)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part II, Die Erfullung (The Fulfillment): Recitative: Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit (Tenor I)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part II, Die Erfullung (The Fulfillment): Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (Chorus)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part II, Die Erfullung (The Fulfillment): Zwischenspiel
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part II, Die Erfullung (The Fulfillment): Joseph, lieber Joseph mein (Soprano, Bass I)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part II, Die Erfullung (The Fulfillment): O heiliges Kind, wir grussen dich (Chorus)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part II, Die Erfullung (The Fulfillment): Recitative: Und es waren Hirten (Alto, Tenor I)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part II, Die Erfullung (The Fulfillment): Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe (Chorus)
> Die Geburt Christi (The Birth of Christ), Op. 90 - Part II, Die Erfullung (The Fulfillment): Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr (Chorus)

Notes & Reviews:

Herzogenberg's oratorio "The Birth of Christ" was quite extraordinary for its time. Large-scale religious music was no longer fashionable, and even most Masses were written for the concert hall rather than for the church. Herzongenberg's Die Geburt Christi is scored for a large orchestra, choir, children's chorus, soloists and organ, deftly combining the contrapuntal textures of Bach with the late Romantic harmonic language of Brahms.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2012
This version has the tang of the youthful choral society to it which combines well with the youthful industriousness of the music to make something comfortingly familiar that illustrates the most fundamental of Christmas sentiments through some dramatic story-telling.

MusicWeb International, November 2012
The performance is good, with no shortcomings of any significance from the soloists, choir or accompaniment and Christian Grube's overall direction is clearly sympathetic to the music. A full-blown blockbuster approach would have been quite inappropriate to this sensitive and delicate work and Grube gets the scale just right.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
The Birth of Christ (1894) is a Christmas oratorio, using a small orchestra with a pipe and a portative organ. The idiom is clear, with some beautiful harmony and part writing. The music has some familiar citations, including 'In Dulce Jubilo' and 'Vom Himmel Hoch', blended into the general texture with the composer's customary skill. His setting of 'Lo How a Rose' is highly appealing. The playing and singing are excellent, with bright, resonant sound and a firm bass.



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