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The Christmas Album / Sumi Jo

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Oh di Betlemme altera poverta, chamber cantata for soprano & strings ("Cantata pastorale per la nati
>Crüger, Johannes : Frohlich soll mein Herze springen
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Bernhard, Christoph : Furchtet euch nicht, "Christmas concerto" for voice & orchestra
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 19 in E flat major, K 132
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, RV 270 "Il Riposo-Per il Natale"
>Scheidt, Samuel : O Jesulein süss, o Jesulein mild
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
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Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio Stolberger Straáe, Cologne, Germany (10/04/1999-10/09/1999).

Celebrated soprano Sumi Jo delivers a warm and bright collection of mostly lesser-known religious and secular holiday-themed pieces on Erato's 2001 release The Christmas Album, with a handful of popular seasonal works adding a comfortable familiarity. Accompanied on several tracks by simple violin and fortepiano, and on others by the rich VokalEnsemble Köln, these works by Bach, Mozart, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, and others are given an intimate baroque feel, and the use of these small ensembles suits Jo's voice warmly. While the whole album embraces this gentle, intimate feel, the high point comes in the first track; the unaccompanied "I Wonder as I Wander," hauntingly adapted from a traditional Appalachian folk song. This piece stands crisply apart from the rest of the pastorellas like the last moments of chill before coming in to sit beside the fire on a December night. While this most certainly won't end up next to Ella Fitzgerald Wishes You a Swinging Christmas in many peoples' music collections, Sumi Jo's The Christmas Album will deservedly garner the rapt attention of classical aficionados during the holidays. ~ Zac Johnson



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Works Details

>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
  • Performer: Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Written: by 1933

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: Ich steh'an deiner Krippen
  • Performer: Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Oh di Betlemme altera povertà, chamber cantata for soprano & strings ("Cantata pastorale per la nati
  • Performer: Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Schneider
  • Ensemble: Cappella Coloniensis
  • Running Time: 16 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Johannes Crüger (1598 - 1662) : Fröhlich soll mein Herze springen
  • Performer: Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performers: Gottfried Bach (Piano); Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Bernhard, Christoph : Fürchtet euch nicht, "Christmas concerto" for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Schneider
  • Ensemble: Cappella Coloniensis
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 19 in E flat major, K 132 :: Andante grazioso (extract)
  • Performer: Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Schneider
  • Ensemble: Cappella Coloniensis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1772.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1772

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Schneider
  • Ensemble: Cappella Coloniensis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Performer: Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, RV 270 "Il Riposo-Per il Natale"
  • Performers: Hiro Kurosaki (Violin); Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Schneider
  • Ensemble: Cappella Coloniensis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Scheidt, Samuel : O Jesulein süss, o Jesulein mild
  • Performer: Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
  • Performer: Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Schneider
  • Ensemble: Cappella Coloniensis
  • Running Time: 13 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1773

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Hiro Kurosaki (Violin); Gottfried Bach (Piano); Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818