Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert

by Georg Ratzinger
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CD(Dutch Import)

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Christmas Concert

A straight reissue with a new cover of Deutsche Grammophon's 1980 recording of Georg Ratzinger and the Regensburger Domspatzen's Weihnachtskonzert, this disc will please fans of German Christmas music as well as fans of a cappella boy choirs -- augmented, when necessary, by men. All the big hits of the German seasonal repertoire are here, from the anonymous "O du fröhlichte, O du selige" to Michael Praetorius' "Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen" to Franz Xaver Gruber's ever-popular "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht" along with less well known but no less lovely works like Hans Leo Hassler's "Verbum caro factum est" and Carl Loewe's "Quem pastores laudavere." And the performances are consistently first-rate. Ratzinger -- the musical brother of Pope Benedict XVI -- leads wonderfully musical and wholly devotional performances, and the members of the Regensburger Domspatzen -- the Regensburger Cathedral Choir, for those whose German isn't all it could be -- sing like their souls depend on it. And with purity of tone and flawlessness of pronunciation along with Ratzinger's skillful guidance, the choir wins the immortality of being reissued. Captured with amazing clarity and incredible warmth in Deutsche Grammophon's best late stereo sound, this disc belongs under the Tanenbaum of every Hansel and Gretel.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2006
Label: Archiv Produktion
UPC: 0028947762997
catalogNumber: 000719202


  1. Oh, du fröhliche, oh, du selige (German)
  2. Übers Gebirg Maria Geht
  3. Benedixisti Domine, motet for 7 voices
  4. Hodie Christus natus est, for 4 voices
  5. O Jesulein zart (arranged on the basis of an original figured bass by J.S. Bach)
  6. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming), for chorus
  7. Von der Geburt Christi
  8. Heilige Nacht
  9. Quem pastores laudavere
  10. Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her
  11. Wie schön singt uns der Engel Schar
  12. Still, o Himmel
  13. Es blühen die Maien
  14. Verbum caro factum est
  15. Freu' dich, Erd' und Sternenzelt
  16. O Schlafe, Schlafe, Göttliche Knabe
  17. The Wind Blows On The Hill
  18. Adeste fidelis (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
  19. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)

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