Christmas Music

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PRAETORIUS
Christmas Music
Westminster Cathedral Choir, The Parley of Instruments, David Hill (conductor)

[ Hyperion Helios / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 10 October 2011

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'My favourite ever Christmas recording. Lovely music, done with affection and great sympathy' (Hi-Fi News)

'A glorious early Baroque Christmas treat' (Harmonia)

'Well crafted music, sensitively performed and recorded' (Gramophone)

'Exciting and highly enjoyable' (The Good CD Guide)

'A delightful record' (Organists' Review)

Michael Praetorius was a hugely versatile German composer. His 1603 post as Kapellmeister in Wolfenbüttel necessitated extensive travel throughout Germany, enabling him to establish widespread acclaim as a conductor and musical advisor. Praetorius's church music is much less known today than it should be, partly because of the sheer volume that he composed.

This beautiful selection of hymns, chorales and carols attempts to reproduce the effect of a performance under Praetorius's direction; soloists are drawn from the choir and instruments of late sixteenth- or early seventeenth-century design are used.

Tracks:

Nun komm der heiden Heiland
Pueri nostri concinite (Singet und klinget)
Dances from Terpsichore
Puer natus in Bethlehem (Ein Kind geborn)
Quem pastores laudavere
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
Dances from Terpsichore
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern
Nun helft mir Gottes Güte schon preisen