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Complete Christmas Celebration

The Complete Christmas Celebration

American listeners may not find this collection of old Deutsche Grammophon and Decca releases to be quite the "complete Christmas celebration" that's promised. American Christmas carols as a group are not included, although of course some of the selections from the German and English carol discs have achieved popularity in that country. The contents are also a bit


American listeners may not find this collection of old Deutsche Grammophon and Decca releases to be quite the "complete Christmas celebration" that's promised. American Christmas carols as a group are not included, although of course some of the selections from the German and English carol discs have achieved popularity in that country. The contents are also a bit unbalanced, with the "Nutcracker," in a fine recording from the Kirov Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the only album containing music newer than the Baroque era. With these caveats in mind, this seven-CD box set offers high value for those who want to throw some CDs in a changer and keep it running through the holiday season. Recorded between 1980 and 1998, the box combines established favorites of the historical-instrument crowd, Gergiev's aforementioned "Nutcracker" (the most recent of the set), and stars respectively among the youth choirs of German and English cathedrals on the last two discs. These sound especially good in retrospect: the Bach "Christmas Oratorio" and Handel "Messiah" performances have been partly supplanted by newer approaches, but one comes to think that the high level of musical accomplishment among boy choirs at the end of the 20th century represents some kind of milestone. No texts and no booklet notes other than track lists are included; the track lists are simply repeated on the sleeves of the individual discs, which could easily have been given over to a few relevant words. But for those in search of a large volume of well-performed Christmas music for a low price, this fills the bill.

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Disc 1

  1. Part 1. No. 1. Chorus. Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage
  2. Part 1. No. 2. Recitative. Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit
  3. Part 1. No. 3. Recitative. Nun wird mein liebster Bräutigam
  4. Part 1. No. 4. Aria. Bereite dich, Zion
  5. Part 1. No. 5. Chorale. Wie soll ich dich empfangen
  6. Part 1. No. 6. Recitative. Und sie gebar ihren ersten Sohn
  7. Part 1. No. 7. Chorale. Er ist auf Erden kommen arm / Recitative. Wer w
  8. Part 1. No. 8. Aria. Großer Herr, o starker König
  9. Part 1. No. 9. Chorale. Ach, mein herzliebes Jesulein
  10. Part 2. No. 10. Sinfonia
  11. Part 2. No. 11. Recitative. Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend
  12. Part 2. No. 12. Chorale. Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht
  13. Part 2. No. 13. Recitative. Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen / Fürchtet eu
  14. Part 2. No. 14. Recitative. Was Gott dem Abraham verheißen
  15. Part 2. No. 15. Aria. Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet
  16. Part 2. No. 16. Recitative. Und das habt zum Zeichen
  17. Part 2. No. 17. Chorale. Schaut hin, dort liegt im finstern Stall
  18. Part 2. No. 18. Recitative. So geht denn hin
  19. Part 2. No. 19. Aria. Schlafe, mein Liebster, genieße der Ruh
  20. Part 2. No. 20. Recitative. Und alsobald war da bei denn Engel
  21. Part 2. No. 21. Chorus. Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe
  22. Part 2. No. 22. Recitative. So recht, ihr Engel, jauchzt und singet
  23. Part 2. No. 23. Chorale. Wir singen dir in deinem Heer
  24. Part 3. No. 24. Chorus. Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen
  25. Part 3. No. 25. Recitative. Und da die Engel von ihnen gen Himmel fuhre
  26. Part 3. No. 26. Chorus. Lasset uns nun gehen gen Bethlehem
  27. Part 3. No. 27. Recitative. Er hat sein Volk getröst'
  28. Part 3. No. 28. Chorale. Dies hat er alles uns getan
  29. Part 3. No. 29. Duet. Herr, dein Mitleid, dein Erbarmen
  30. Part 3. No. 30. Recitative. Und sie kamen eilend
  31. Part 3. No. 31. Aria. Schließe, mein Herze, dies selige Wunder
  32. Part 3. No. 32. Recitative. Ja, ja, mein Herz soll es bewahren
  33. Part 3. No. 33. Chorale. Ich will dich mit Fleiß bewahren
  34. Part 3. No. 34. Recitative. Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um
  35. Part 3. No. 35. Chorale. Seid froh dieweil
  36. Part 3. No. 24. Chorus (da capo). Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lal

Disc 2

  1. Part 4. No. 36. Chorus. Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben
  2. Part 4. No. 37. Recitative. Und da acht Tage um waren
  3. Part 4. No. 38. Recitative. Immanuel, o süßes Wort / Arioso. Jesu, du m
  4. Part 4. No. 39. Aria. Flößt, mein Heiland, flößt dein Namen
  5. Part 4. No. 40. Recitative. Wohlan, dein Name soll allein / Chorale. Je
  6. Part 4. No. 41. Aria. Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben
  7. Part 4. No. 42. Chorale. Jesus, richte mein Beginnen
  8. Part 5. No. 43. Chorus. Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen
  9. Part 5. No. 44. Recitative. Da Jesu geboren war zu Bethlehem
  10. Part 5. No. 45. Chorus. Wo ist der neugeborene König der Juden / Recita
  11. Part 5. No. 46. Chorale. Dein Glanz all Finsternis verzehrt
  12. Part 5. No. 47. Aria. Erleucht auch meine finstre Sinnen
  13. Part 5. No. 48. Recitative. Da das der König Herodes hörte
  14. Part 5. No. 49. Recitative. Warum wollt ihr erschrecken
  15. Part 5. No. 50. Recitative. Und ließ versammeln alle Hohenpriester
  16. Part 5. No. 51. Trio. Ach, wann wird die Zeit erscheinen?
  17. Part 5. No. 52. Recitative. Mein Liebster herrschet schon
  18. Part 5. No. 53. Chorale. Zwar ist solche Herzensstube
  19. Part 6. No. 54. Chorus. Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben
  20. Part 6. No. 55. Recitative. Da berief Herodes die Weisen heimlich / Zie
  21. Part 6. No. 56. Recitative. Du Falscher, suche nur den Herrn zu fällen
  22. Part 6. No. 57. Aria. Nur ein Wink von seinen Händen
  23. Part 6. No. 58. Recitative. Als sie nun den König gehöret hatten
  24. Part 6. No. 59. Chorale. Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier
  25. Part 6. No. 60. Recitative. Und Gott befahl ihnen im Traum
  26. Part 6. No. 61. Recitative. So geht Genug, mein Schatz geht nicht von h
  27. Part 6. No. 62. Aria. Nun mögt ihr stolzen Feinde schrecken
  28. Part 6. No. 63. Recitative. Was will der Höllen Schrecken nun
  29. Part 6. No. 64. Chorale. Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen

Disc 3

  1. Part 1. No. 1. Sinfony
  2. Part 1. No. 2. Recitative. Comfort ye my people / No. 3. Song. Ev'ry va
  3. Part 1. No. 4. Chorus. And the glory of the Lord
  4. Part 1. No. 5. Recitative. Thus saith the Lord / No. 6. Song. But who m
  5. Part 1. No. 7. Chorus. And he shall purify
  6. Part 1. No. 8. Recitative. Behold, a virgin shall conceive / No. 9. Son
  7. Part 1. No. 10. Recitative. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
  8. Part 1. No. 12. Chorus. For unto us a child is born
  9. Part 1. No. 13. Pifa
  10. Part 1. No. 14a. Recitative. There were shepherds, abiding in the field
  11. Part 1. No. 18. Song. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
  12. Part 1. No. 19. Recitative. Then shall the eyes of the blind / No. 20.
  13. Part 1. No. 21. Chorus. His yoke is easy, and his burthen is light
  14. Part 2. No. 22. Chorus. Behold the Lamb of God
  15. Part 2. No. 23. Song. He was despised

Disc 4

  1. Part 2. No. 24. Chorus. Surely he hath brone our griefs / No. 25. Choru
  2. Part 2. No. 26. Chorus. And we like sheep have gone astray
  3. Part 2. No. 27. Recitative. All they that see him laugh him to scorn /
  4. Part 2. No. 29. Recitative. Thy rebuke has broken his heart / No. 30. S
  5. Part 2. No. 32. Song. But thou didst not leave his soul in hell
  6. Part 2. No. 33. Chorus. Lift up your heads, O ye gates
  7. Part 2. No. 34. Recitative. Unto which of the angels said he at any tim
  8. Part 2. No. 36. Song. Thou art gone up on high
  9. Part 2. No. 37. Chorus. The Lord gave the word
  10. Part 2. No. 38. Song. How beautiful are the feet
  11. Part 2. No. 39. Chorus. Their sound is gone out
  12. Part 2. No. 40. Song. Why do the nations so furiously rage together / N
  13. Part 2. No. 42. Recitative. He that dwelleth in heaven / No. 43. Song.
  14. Part 2. No. 44. Chorus. Hallelujah
  15. Part 3. No. 45. Song. I know that my Redeemer liveth
  16. Part 3. No. 46. Chorus. Since by man came death
  17. Part 3. No. 47. Recitative. Behold, I tell you a mystery / No. 48. Song
  18. Part 3. No. 49. Recitative. Then shall be brought to pass / No. 50. Due
  19. Part 3. No. 51. Chorus. But thanks be to God
  20. Part 3. No. 52. Song. If God be for us
  21. Part 3. No. 53. Chorus. Wothy is the Lamb that was slain
  22. Part 3. No. 54. Chorus. Amen

Disc 5

  1. Ouverture
  2. Act 1. Tableau 1. No. 1. Scène: L'ornement et l'illumination de l'arbre
  3. Act 1. Tableau 1. No. 2. Marche
  4. Act 1. Tableau 1. No. 3. Petit galop des enfants et entrée des parents
  5. Act 1. Tableau 1. No. 4. Scène dansante
  6. Act 1. Tableau 1. No. 5. Scène et danse Gross-Vater
  7. Act 1. Tableau 1. No. 6. Scène
  8. Act 1. Tableau 1. No. 7. Scène
  9. Act 1. Tableau 2. No. 8. Scène
  10. Act 1. Tableau 2. No. 9. Valse des flocons de neige
  11. Act 2. Tableau 3. No. 10. Scène
  12. Act 2. Tableau 3. No. 11. Scène
  13. Act 2. Tableau 3. Divertissement. No. 12a. Le chocolat (Danse espagnole
  14. Act 2. Tableau 3. Divertissement. No. 12b. Le café (Danse arabe)
  15. Act 2. Tableau 3. Divertissement. No. 12c. Le thé (Danse chinoise)
  16. Act 2. Tableau 3. Divertissement. No. 12d. Trépak (Danse russe)
  17. Act 2. Tableau 3. Divertissement. No. 12e. Danse des mirlitons
  18. Act 2. Tableau 3. Divertissement. No. 12f. La mère Gigogne et les polic
  19. Act 2. Tableau 3. No. 13. Valse des fleurs
  20. Act 2. Tableau 3. Pas de deux. No. 14a. La fée Dragée et le prince Orge
  21. Act 2. Tableau 3. Pas de deux. No. 14b. Variation 1 (pour le danseur)
  22. Act 2. Tableau 3. Pas de deux. No. 14c. Variation 2 (pour la danseuse)
  23. Act 2. Tableau 3. Pas de deux. No. 14d. Coda
  24. Act 2. Tableau 3. No. 15. Valse finale et Apothéose

Disc 6

  1. O du fröhlichs, o du selige
  2. Übers Gebirg Marie geht
  3. Benedixisti, Domine
  4. Hodie Christus natus est
  5. O Jesulein zart
  6. es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
  7. Von der Geburt Christi: O Freude über Freud'
  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 Sternenzeit
  16. O schlafe, schlafe, göttlicher Knabe
  17. Auf dem Berge da geht der Wind
  18. Adeste fideles
  19. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht

Disc 7

  1. Once in royal David's city
  2. Up, good Christian folk, and listen
  3. On Christmas Night (Sussex Carol)
  4. Ding dong, merrily on high
  5. O little town of Bethlehem
  6. Silent night
  7. In the bleak midwinter
  8. The first Nowell
  9. Hark, the herald angels sing
  10. Away in a manger
  11. The seven joys of Mary
  12. The infant king
  13. God rest you merry, Gentlemen
  14. The holly and the ivy
  15. I saw three ships
  16. O come, all ye faithful

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Choir of King's College, Cambridge   Choir, Chorus
Georg Ratzinger   Conductor
John Bowen   Vocals
Paul Elliott   Tenor (Vocal)
Christopher Hogwood   Conductor
Ruth Holton   Vocals
Charles Wood   Harmony
Anne Sofie von Otter   Contralto (Vocal)
Anthony Rolfe Johnson   Vocals
Stephen Cleobury   Conductor,Descant
Academy of Ancient Music   Performing Ensemble
George Ratcliffe Woodward   Harmony
John Eliot Gardiner   Conductor
Monteverdi Choir   Choir, Chorus
Emma Kirkby   Soprano (Vocal)
Simon Haynes   Vocals
Christopher Hughes   Vocals
Jonathan Lamb   Vocals
Roland Robertson   Vocals
Valery Gergiev   Conductor
Olaf Bär   Bass (Vocal)
Hans Peter Blochwitz   Tenor (Vocal)
Robin Barter   Vocals
Regensburger Domspatzen   Ensemble
Nancy Argenta   Soprano (Vocal)
David Thomas   Bass (Vocal)
David Briggs   Organ
Carolyn Watkinson   Contralto (Vocal)
Mariinsky (Kirov) Theater Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
English Baroque Soloists   Performing Ensemble
Arthur Henry Mann   Harmony
Katie Pringle   Soprano (Vocal)
Mariinsky (Kirov) Theater Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Judith Nelson   Soprano (Vocal)
Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford   Choir, Chorus
Graham Green   Vocals
T. Armstrong   Descant

Technical Credits

Giovanni Gabrieli   Composer
George Frideric Handel   Composer
Carl Loewe   Composer
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina   Composer
Michael Praetorius   Composer
Samuel Scheidt   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Ralph Vaughan Williams   Arranger
Johannes Eccard   Composer
Cornelius Freundt   Composer
Henry John Gauntlett   Arranger
Franz Gruber   Composer
Hans Leo Hassler   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
David Willcocks   Arranger
Philip Ledger   Arranger
Heinz Wildhagen   Producer,Engineer
Simon Eadon   Engineer
Johann Friedrich Reichardt   Composer
Stephen Cleobury   Arranger
H. Darke   Arranger
Thijs Hoekstra   Engineer
Karl-August Naegler   Producer
Gregor Zielinsky   Engineer
Chris Hazell   Producer
Peter Wadland   Producer
Henry Walford Davies   Arranger
Anna Barry   Producer,Executive Producer
John Dunkerley   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Carl Thiel   Composer
Philipp Starke   Art Direction
Anonymous   Composer
Gottfried Rüdiger   Composer
Adam Gumpelzhaimer   Composer
Charlotte Kriesch   Executive Producer
Andreas Holschneider   Executive Producer

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