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Christmas Vespers: Music Of Michael Praetorius

Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
06-11-2015
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Barcode:
822252230628
Packaging:
Jewel Case
Catalog Number:
AV2306
Christmas Vespers: Music Of Michael Praetorius
Christmas Vespers: Music Of Michael Praetorius

Description

'Christmas Vespers: Music of Michael Praetorius' highlights the virtusoic vocal and instrumental music of the extraordinarliy versatile 17th-century German composer, assembled as in the Baroque tradition by Apollo's Fire's founder/director Jeanette Sorrell.

Music for the people could have been the motto for 17th-century German composer Michael Praetorius. He adhered to the ideals of Protestant pioneer Martin Luther - of whom his father was a disciple - that music, like religion, should be open and free to all. Praetorius was an extraordinarily versatile composer and, along with J. S. Bach, was one of the greatest composers of Protestant church music in Germany. With his music, he strived to bring together people of all walks of life - professional singers, congregations, villagers and children alike - an aim mirrored in the present day's BBC program "The Choir".

Like the Vespers settings in the 17th century - most notably the Vespers of 1610 by Monteverdi, who inspired Praetorius - this Christmas Vespers is an assemblage of works by Praetorius that Apollo's Fire's founder/director Jeanette Sorrell has compiled. It highlights his virtuosic vocal and instrumental writing and includes as interludes his popular carol settings, O Morning Star and Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming.

Personnel: Apollo's Fire, Jeannette Sorrell (director)

Critical acclaim for Apollo's Fire:

"A lithe, spirited band." - Gramophone

"Exhilirating swaggering." - The Sunday Times

"They perform with ardor and a scintillating zest." - Audio Video Club of Atlanta

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. PART 1, AWAITING THE MESSIAH: A LUTHERAN ADVENT SERVICE, PROCESSIONAL: Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland
  3. Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland
  4. HYMN: Wachet Auf! From PC
  5. CAROL: Puer Natus in Bethlehem, from PC
  6. OFFERTORY: Ach, Mein Herre, from PC
  7. CREDO: Wir glauben all
  8. Dances from Terpsichore
  9. GLORIA: Glori sei Gott, from PC
  10. A VESPERS SERVICE FOR CHRISTMAS DAY, HYMN: Queen Pastores, from Puericinium
  11. ANTIPHON: Christum wir sollen loben (plainchant)
  12. MAGNIFICAT, Parts I & II, from PC
  13. CAROL: O Morning Star, from PC
  14. MAGNIFICAT, Parts III & IV
  15. CAROL: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, from MS
  16. Our Father in Heaven, from MS
  17. BENEDICTION: Benedicamus aeterno Regi, from Eulogodia Sionia I (1611)
  18. ORGAN VOLUNTARY: Nun lob mein Seel, from MS
  19. CLOSING HYMN: In dulci jubilo / Good Christian Friends, Rejoice! From PC, In dulci jubilo / Good Christian Friends, Rejoice! From PC
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