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Eybler: Christmas Oratorio / Helbich, Ritterbusch, et al

Album Summary

>Eybler, Joseph Leopold : Die Hirten bei der Krippe zu Bethlehem (Christmas Oratorio), HV 138
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"This work is subtitled 'The Shepherds at the Crib in Bethlehem'. It was his first oratorio and was written in 1784 when he was only 19. The soloists range from above average to very good. The choruses and orchestra, though unknown, are polished and very fine. The recording is superb. The notes, too, are very good. This will amply reward anyone who loves music of this period." - Bauman, ARG


A master finally revealed
From the opening bars, the unique sound and depth to this work has a strangely familiar ring to the ear, as does his Requiem. Compelling similarities with Haydn's Creation immediately come to mind, but then there is the realisation that Eybler's work preceded Joseph Haydn's masterpiece by several years. So why has this composer remained uncelebrated and forgotten for so long? Putting aside speculation of injustices in this world, the paramount point is that we can now enjoy these gems through the conviction and efforts of Helbich, and the superlative voices of his soloists.
Submitted on 06/24/11 by BMax 
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Works Details

>Eybler, Joseph Leopold : Die Hirten bei der Krippe zu Bethlehem (Christmas Oratorio), HV 138
  • Performers: Harry Berne (Voice); Jelle Draijer (Bass); Sabine Ritterbusch (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Helbich
  • Ensemble: Alsfelder Vokalensemble
  • Notes: 01/01/1999-01/03/1999
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas