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brass 5.1
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Holy Night
German, English &
American Christmas Carols
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Philip Mayers · piano
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Christmas is the story of a magnificent transformation. The religious festival has its origins in natural religions, was then adopted and annexed into Christianity, has now long been secularised and is also celebrated beyond religious borders as a cultural, commercial and social event. Music can never be absent from this continually expanding season, spanning all genres from ancient chorales, folksongs from different epochs, folkloristic songs, classical lieder, musicals to large-scale oratorios and even the operatic stage is not spared a touch of Christmas. Vocal music comes very much to the foreground and in turn maintaining an active exchange with literature, its genres, trends and fashions. Musical and literary arts share the interesting fact that their works focused on Christmas are not merely rooted in local and regional traditions, but also extend to different layers of the historical metamorphosis of the festival – nature, religion and social life – while still retaining vibrancy. An extract from this polyphony of tradition and atmosphere can be heard at the beginning of the new Vokalzeit CD, naturally against an international horizon.

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Track List
1.
O holy night
3:54

Text / lyrics: John Sullivan Dwight | Musik / music: Adolphe Adam (1847) arr.: Philip Mayers (*1961)

2.
Coventry Carol
3:28

Worte & Weise aus einem Mysterienspiel (Coventry, 15./16. Jhd.). / lyrics & melody from a mystery play (Coventry, 15th/16th c.) arr.: Philip Mayers

3.
What child is this
2:26

Text / lyrics: William Chatterton Dix (1865) | Weise / melody: Greensleeves, englisches Volkslied aus dem 16. Jhd. / 16th c. English folk song Satz / setting: Thomas Krämer (*1952)

4.
Leise weht´s durch alle Lande
2:44

Musik / music: Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921) Text / lyrics: Adelheit Wette | arr.: Christian Kuntze-Krakau (*1957)

5.
Es strahlt am Himmelsrande
1:56

Musik / music: Engelbert Humperdinck | Text / lyrics: Otto Jacobi arr.: Gus Anton (*1938)

6.
Nun sind die lieben Engelein
1:36

Altdeutsches Weihnachtslied / old German Christmas song (1550) Musik / music: Engelbert Humperdinck | Melodie nach / melody after Quem pastores laudavere (15 Jhd. / 15th c.) | arr.: Joachim Schmeißer (*1934)

7.
Engel haben Himmelslieder
2:33

Worte & Weise aus Frankreich / lyrics & melody from France Deutscher Text / German lyrics: Lieselotte Holzmeister | Satz / setting: Thomas Krämer

8.
Was soll das bedeuten
1:49

Worte & Weise aus Schlesien / lyrics & melody form Silesia | Satz / setting: Thomas Krämer

9.
Wie schön geschmückt der festliche Raum
1:42

Peter Cornelius (1824-1870): No. 1 aus / from: Weihnachtslieder op. 8 | arr.: Gus Anton

10.
Das einst ein Kind auf Erden war
1:58

Peter Cornelius: No. 6 aus / from: Weihnachtslieder op. 8 | arr.: Gus Anton

11.
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging
1:32

Weise aus dem 19. Jhd. / 19th c. melody arr.: Thomas Krämer

12.
Still, still, still
1:29

Volksweise aus dem Salzburger Land / folk tune from Salzburger Land | arr. Thomas Krämer

13.
Vom Himmel in die tiefsten Klüfte
3:03

Musik / music: Wilhelm Berger (1861-1911), Weihnachtslied op. 52 No. 4 Text / lyrics: Theodor Storm | Bearb. für Alt, Herrenquartett & Klavier / arr. for alto, men’s vocal quartet & piano: Joachim Schmeißer

14.
In dulci jubilo
2:23

Weise aus dem 14. Jahrhundert / 14th c. melody Satz / setting: Carl-Theodor Hütterott (*1926)

15.
Es ist ein Ros´ entsprungen
2:11

Weise / melody: Michael Praetorius | Satz / setting: Vokalzeit (2015)

16.
Markt und Straßen steh´n verlassen
3:42

Text / lyrics: Arnold Mendelssohn (1855-1933) | Bearb. für Alt, Herrenquartett und Klavier / arr. for alto, men’s vocal quartet & piano: Joachim Schmeißer

17.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
2:08

Text & Musik / music & lyrics: Mel Torme, Robert Wells (1945) arr.: Carl-Theodor Hütterott / Philip Mayers

18.
Let it snow
1:47

Text / lyrics: Sammy Cahn | Musik / music: Jule Styne (1945) arr.: Emil Gerhardt (1924-2001), Philip Mayers

19.
I´m dreaming of a white Christmas
3:21

Text & Musik / music & lyrics: Irving Berlin (1940/41) arr.: Emil Gerhardt, Philip Mayers

20.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
3:48

Text & Musik / music & lyrics: Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane (1943) arr.: Philip Mayers

21.
Stille Nacht
5:00

Worte / lyrics: Joseph Mohr | Weise / melody: Franz Xaver Gruber (1818) arr.: Philip Mayers


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54:42

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