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With evocative works by the Baroque master Dietrich Buxtehude and the circle of 17th-century northern German composers around him, Paul Hillier conducts his Grammy award-winning ensemble Theatre of Voices in a stimulating addition to the traditional Christmas repertoire.

Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Luke 1, This applies for example to the great majority of the vocal works by Dietrich Buxtehude. Although Buxtehude and Johann Christoph Bach did not know each other personally, there are several links between them.

Johann Sebastian Bach considered the motet so good that he also included it in the choir repertoire of the Thomasschule. It is indeed a chorale motet with a unique wealth of ideas and humour. Another of J. In this way Buxtehude made the acquaintance of the Sweelinck organ school while he was still a youth. The virtuosic, playful style in his Preambulum in D minor also bears witness to a masterly composer.

The picture was very likely commissioned and paid for by the prosperous Reincken himself, as a celebration of their friendship. With the spread of Lutheranism it became widely known in northern Europe, and it is an integral element of the Advent celebrations of the Reformed Church to this very day. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke The description of the shepherds in the fields portrayed in the Gospel for Christmas Day has been set to music countless times.

Buxtehude and Christian Geist approached the task very differently. Pioneered in Rome by Giovanni Francesco Anerio and -Giacomo Carissimi the Italian oratorio developed as a quasi-dramatic genre parallel to the development of the opera.

The style gained great currency and was of huge importance to northern European sacred music. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David: to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. We have just under a dozen cantatas from Tunder, all of them works of the highest quality, written in several of the common early Baroque styles. The aria praises the infant Jesus who redeems the sin of Adam and reconciles man with God. The maestro Sweelinck had been famous for such concerts in the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam and with Jacob Praetorius the concept was passed on to Hamburg.

But programmes, text booklets and descrip-tions testify to grand-scale semi-theatrical oratorios which extended over the five Sundays mentioned. In , when the year-old J. It is a macaronic hymn where the lines in the vernacular in this case German alternate with lines in Latin. It takes the form of a varied strophic chorale cantata where the violins, with their small interludes and ritornelli, give the piece a concertante stamp. Especially in the jubilant last verse, this can be heard in the triumphant trumpet signals in the violins.

Sweelinck and the counterpoint study group. And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they pre-sented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Traditionally, the celebration of the Holy Name of Jesus has taken place on the first Sunday after New Year, or, if this does not fall before the Epiphany, on 2 January. The poem was written by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux and consists of between 42 and 53 verses, depending on the source.

The other parts — two violins, alto, tenor and bass — weave freely elaborated inventions over the ostinato, and these in phrases and verses of varying length create a brilliantly dynamic set of variations. In he finally went to settle in the north, when he was appointed organist at the Jacobi-Kirche in Hamburg. This group of composers exchanged music with one another and studied counterpoint together, especially works and textbooks by Sweelinck. However, it was primarily as an organist that Sweelinck was to become famous as the founder of a north European school of organ music.

Castens, Skip to main content. Select currency. Recordings Upcoming recordings Artists News. Track listing Liner notes Credits Stream Buy album. Dietrich Buxtehude. Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier. FLAC 16bit CD Quality. FLAC 24bit Studio Master. FLAC 24bit kHz. Paul Hillier conducting Theatre of Voices. Dietrich Buxtehude Heinrich Scheidemann Christian Geist Johann Christoph Bach Johann Adam Reincken Franz Tunder Matthias Weckmann Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Theatre of Voices.

Feelings of sadness and joy mix with accuracy in tuning and exquisite rhythmic understanding. The flawless sound of the Theatre of Voices meets a warm-silvery string ensemble — festive and fantastic! This is an interesting and compelling collection of pieces for the Christmas season in different styles. The soprano Else Torp soars in long tones over a string ensemble that busily spins embellishments around it.

Beautifully proportioned performances supported by a seven-strong ensemble that acquits itself with delicate poise. MP3 mp3 kbps. Heinrich Scheidemann.

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. Total runtime:. Luke The description of the shepherds in the fields portrayed in the Gospel for Christmas Day has been set to music countless times. Sweelinck and the counterpoint study group And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. Release date:. October Track count:.

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