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Christmas Vespers: Music of Michael Praetorius
     

Christmas Vespers: Music of Michael Praetorius

by Apollo's Fire
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2007
Label:
Koch Int'l Classics
UPC:
0099923767329
catalogNumber:
7673

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Tracks

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

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