Christmas Vespers: Music of Michael Praetorius

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
This disc has both unity and diversity -- essential qualities in a Christmas recording. The unifying factor is composer Michael Praetorius, and the diversity comes from the fact that four different works of the German Baroque master are represented: "Polyhymnia caduceatrix," "Musica Sionae," "Puericinium," and "Terpsichore." Under the expert and enthusiastic direction of Jeannette Sorrell, Apollo's Fire, Apollo's Singers, and Apollo's Musettes turn in performances that can only be described as inspired. Everything from the bumptious instrumental dances to the richest choral-orchestral hymns receives committed playing and singing from everyone involved, resulting in a disc...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
This disc has both unity and diversity -- essential qualities in a Christmas recording. The unifying factor is composer Michael Praetorius, and the diversity comes from the fact that four different works of the German Baroque master are represented: "Polyhymnia caduceatrix," "Musica Sionae," "Puericinium," and "Terpsichore." Under the expert and enthusiastic direction of Jeannette Sorrell, Apollo's Fire, Apollo's Singers, and Apollo's Musettes turn in performances that can only be described as inspired. Everything from the bumptious instrumental dances to the richest choral-orchestral hymns receives committed playing and singing from everyone involved, resulting in a disc that should delight those looking for a great classical Christmas disc. Although it can become a tad congested in the more richly scored hymns, the depth, detail, and warmth of Koch's digital recording is very impressive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • Label: Koch Int'l Classics
  • UPC: 099923767329
  • Catalog Number: 7673
  • Sales rank: 135,090

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (from the Polyhymnia caduceatrix) - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (3:15)
  2. 2 Polyhymnia caduceatrix: Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (5:09)
  3. 3 Polyhymnia caduceatrix: Wachet Auf!, hymn - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (2:47)
  4. 4 Polyhymnia caduceatrix: Puer Natus in Bethlehem, carol - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (4:58)
  5. 5 Polyhymnia caduceatrix: Ach, Mein Herre, offertory - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (7:41)
  6. 6 Musae Sioniae: Wir glauben all, credo - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (5:35)
  7. 7 Terpsichore Dances: Bransle de Poictu / Gaillarde / Bransle gay / Bran - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (4:25)
  8. 8 Polyhymnia caduceatrix: Glori sei Gott, gloria - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (6:57)
  9. 9 Quem pastores laudavere, hymn (Puericinium): Quem Pastores, hymn - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (3:13)
  10. 10 Work(s): Christum wir sollen loben (plainchant), antiphon - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (0:48)
  11. 11 Polyhymnia caduceatrix: Magnificat. Parts 1 & 2 - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (5:56)
  12. 12 Polyhymnia caduceatrix: O Morning Star, carol - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (2:56)
  13. 13 Polyhymnia caduceatrix: Magnificat. Parts 3 & 4 - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (7:31)
  14. 14 Musae Sioniae: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, carol - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (1:41)
  15. 15 Musae Sioniae: Our Father in Heaven - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (1:02)
  16. 16 Resonet in laudibus a 7 (Eulogodia Sionia, 1611), motet: Benedicamus aeterno Regi, benediction - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (0:49)
  17. 17 Musae Sioniae: Nun lob mein Seel, organ voluntary - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (2:33)
  18. 18 Polyhymnia caduceatrix: In dulci jubilo (Good Christian Friends, Rejoice!) - Martin Luther & Michael Praetorius (7:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Apollo's Fire Primary Artist
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