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Baroque Christmas Playlist... !

Post by otterhouse » Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:46 am

Hello all,

Made a "this is the penultima baroque christmas playlist" (at least, for me ;-) on Spotify.
Hope you like the performances I picked :-)

http://classicalspotify.blogspot.nl/201 ... sical.html

Greetings! Rolf, Netherlands

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Post by Seán » Tue Dec 23, 2014 6:34 pm

Lovely, enjoy.
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Post by jbuck919 » Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:13 pm

The funny thing about Christmas is that, although it is musically the greatest occasion, exceeding even Easter, It has an unusually limited repertory. I play Daquin every year, because I have a peculiar organ and because there is little else non-virtuosic in the realm of Christmas organ music. (I am certainly not going to attempt Bach's variations on Von Himmel hoch, though I could manage it with practice.)

Christmas Eve, which I face tomorrow night, is a nightmare for me. It would take six wild stallions to drag me away from my job, but what the Anglo-Catholics are pleased to call Midnight Mass is an ordeal I can barely put up with for the appreciation of the rest.

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Post by John F » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:48 pm

A little-known Christmas repertoire, at least in the U.S., the pastoral masses of Diabelli, Kempter, and several Czech composers are unpretentious, tuneful, and cheerful, as befits the shepherds of the Christmas story. Here's one of them, by Jakub Jan Ryba, a contemporary of Mozart; the text is in Czech.

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Re: Baroque Christmas Playlist... !

Post by jbuck919 » Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:15 am

John F wrote:A little-known Christmas repertoire, at least in the U.S., the pastoral masses of Diabelli, Kempter, and several Czech composers are unpretentious, tuneful, and cheerful, as befits the shepherds of the Christmas story. Here's one of them, by Jakub Jan Ryba, a contemporary of Mozart; the text is in Czech.
These things as you point out yourself are trifles, as is the better-known music of Charpentier. Here is a Noel (carol) that I happen to be able to sing in the original French and was set by Daquin in a piece I always play on Christmas Eve, However, it is also the basis of a hymn written by one of the Jesuit martyrs for the Iroquois, now known as Twas in the moon of wintertime.


There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
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Post by John F » Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:30 am

jbuck919 wrote:These things as you point out yourself are trifles...
I certainly do not! I said that Ryba's shepherd's mass and others like it are "unpretentious, tuneful, and cheerful," but for me that does not make them things of little value or importance (dictionary definition). How important they are is a matter of music history and Christian worship in their lands of origin; I haven't raised that issue because I have no answer for it and, frankly, it doesn't matter to me. But to dismiss cheerful music as trivial, especially when it celebrates the most cheerful holiday of the Christian calendar and also the secular calendars of many of us (though not you, as you've said), is something I'd never do. This music delights me, or I wouldn't have brought them to CMG's attention.
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Post by Chalkperson » Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:02 am

jbuck919 wrote:
John F wrote:A little-known Christmas repertoire, at least in the U.S., the pastoral masses of Diabelli, Kempter, and several Czech composers are unpretentious, tuneful, and cheerful, as befits the shepherds of the Christmas story. Here's one of them, by Jakub Jan Ryba, a contemporary of Mozart; the text is in Czech.
These things as you point out yourself are trifles, as is the better-known music of Charpentier. Here is a Noel (carol) that I happen to be able to sing in the original French and was set by Daquin in a piece I always play on Christmas Eve, However, it is also the basis of a hymn written by one of the Jesuit martyrs for the Iroquois, now known as Twas in the moon of wintertime.

Noel XI I believe, I have the complete Nouveau Livre De Noel's, played by Christopher Herrick, who's Bach is very fine too.

There are some other Christmas works of note, you may dismiss the Czech tunesters as resembling a desert, how about Schutz and Praetorius?
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Post by John F » Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:36 am

A desert or a dessert? :)
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Post by jbuck919 » Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:36 am

Chalkie wrote:There are some other Christmas works of note, you may dismiss the Czech tunesters as resembling a desert, how about Schutz and Praetorius?
Oh those two were geniuses. Of course I know their Christmas music.

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/pl ... mp=yhs-001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bET_bTbtHTY

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Post by josé echenique » Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:13 pm

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And I didn´t even include Messiah which is rather for Easter.

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Re: Baroque Christmas Playlist... !

Post by otterhouse » Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:40 pm

Thanks for the links.
Curious about the Graupner cd!!
R.

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Post by josé echenique » Wed Dec 24, 2014 2:20 pm

The Graupner Christmas oratorio? It´s gorgeous, really beautiful, though like Bach´s it´s a series of Christmas cantatas rather than a proper oratorio, but the music and the performance are extraordinary. Warmly recommended.

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Post by jbuck919 » Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:31 am

I have to admit that José bested me on this one, which I would not have thought possible. I have decided in the spirit of the holiday not to hate him for it. :) Feliz Navidad.

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Re: Baroque Christmas Playlist... !

Post by josé echenique » Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:20 am

jbuck919 wrote:I have to admit that José bested me on this one, which I would not have thought possible. I have decided in the spirit of the holiday not to hate him for it. :) Feliz Navidad.
Feliz Navidad to you too and all our wonderful musical community.

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Re: Baroque Christmas Playlist... !

Post by Ted Quanrud » Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:19 am

Merry Christmas, everyone. Here's my Christmas playlist for 2014"

Plainchant: A solis ortus cardine
Tallis Scholars/Philips

Martin Luther: Christum wir sollen loben schon
Roskilde Cathedral Choir/Oleson

Byrd: Puer natus est nobis
Handle & Haydn Society Choir/Llewellyn

Handel: Messiah: For unto us a Child is born
The Sixteen/Christophers

A. Scarlatti: Christmas Cantata: Pargeletto in rozze fasce
Rossana Bertini/Concerto Italiano/Alessandrini

John Rutter: Nativity Carol
St. Thomas Choir/John Scott

Adolphe Adam: O Holy Night
Cambridge Singers/Rutter

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Sir Thomas Allen/Corydon Singer/ ECO/ Best

Gabrieli: Audite principes
Gabrieli Consort/McCreesh

Manfredini: Concerto Grosso in C Op.3/12 “Pastorale per iil Santissimo Natale”
Collegium Musicum 90/Standage

Wade (attrib)/ O Come All Ye Faithful; (Adeste Fideles)
Trinity College Choir-Cambridge/Marlow

Samuel Webbe\Variations in A on “Adeste Fideles”
Salomon SQ

Liszt: Weihnachtsbaum: Adeste Fidelis
WayneMarshall - piano

Wagner: Kinderkatechismus fur Kosel's Geburtstag
Vienna Boys Choir/Solti

Britten Christ’s Nativity: Christmas Suite for Chorus
BBC Singers/Bedford

Berlioz : L’Enfance du Christ: Shepherd’s Chorus
Monteverdi Choir; Lyon Opera Orchestra/Gardiner

Hammerschmidt: Alleluia, Freuet euch “Come ye Christians, now rejoice
Westminster Abbey Choir/Preston

Sheremetiev: Rejoice now heavenly powers
Chorovaya Akademia/ Alexander Sedov

Bach: Christen, aetzet diesen Tag
Bach Collegium Japan/Suzuki

Bouzignac: Dum silentium
Contrepoint/Schneebeli

Schoenberg: Weihnachtsmusik
Taverner Consort/Parrott

Victoria: O Magnum mysterium
Westminster Cathedral Choir/Hill

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