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Clematis: O Jesulein… A German Baroque Christmas Oratorio (24/176 FLAC)

Clematis: O Jesulein... A German Baroque Christmas Oratorio (24/176 FLAC)
Clematis: O Jesulein… A German Baroque Christmas Oratorio (24/176 FLAC)


Composer: Johann Christoph Bach, Christoph Bernhard, Wolfgang Carl Briegel, Dietrich Buxtehude, Samuel Capricornus, Christian Flor, Andreas Hammerschmidt, David Pohle, Michael Praetorius, Johann Schelle, Heinrich Schütz, Thomas Selle, Franz Tunder
Performer: Clematis
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Ricercar
Catalogue: RIC444
Release: 2022
Size: 2.5 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Briegel: Dies ist der Tag des Fröhligkeit
02. Hammerschmidt: Maria gegrüsset seist du
03. Schelle: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
04. Bernhard: Furchtet euch nicht
05. Hammerschmidt: Freude, Freude, grosse Freude à 6
06. Praetorius: Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen
07. Flor: Pastores currite in Bethlehem
08. Hammerschmidt: Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein
09. Tunder: Ein kleines Kindelein
10. Praetorius: Puer natus in Bethelem
11. Schütz: O bone Jesu, fili Mariae, SWV 471
12. Selle: Angelus ad Josephum
13. Buxtehude: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223: I. Versus 1. Allegretto con moto
14. Hammerschmidt: Wie bin ich doch so herzlich froh
15. Hammerschmidt: Wo ist der neugeborne Konig?
16. Ahle: Herr, nun lässest du deiner Diener
17. Capricornus: Sonata ab 8 Instrument: I. […]
18. Hammerschmidt: Mein Sohn, warum hast du uns getan?
19. Pohle: Nascitur Immanuel
20. Bach JC: O Freudenzeit, o Wundernacht

This innovative programme presents an imaginary Christmas oratorio made up of works by German composers of the 17th century. Many of these works are unpublished and come from the splendid Düben Collection in the library of the University of Uppsala; they are arranged here in a sequence that introduces the scenes and the principal characters of the Nativity: Mary, Joseph, the Archangel Gabriel, the angels, the shepherds, the Magi and Simeon.

These works belong to the genre of the “historia sacra” and depict the dialogue of the Annunciation between the archangel Gabriel and Mary, the arrival of the Magi – guided by angels – at the manger, and the scene where Mary and Joseph look for Jesus in the Temple. These narrative scenes stand in contrast to the large ensembles that represent the angelic host, the shepherds, and the adoring multitudes before the manger.

The instruments also play an important role in this celebration with their contrasting timbres. This recording features works by Andreas Hammerschmidt, Wolfgang Carl Briegel, Christian Flor, Christoph Bernhard, Heinrich Schütz, Franz Tunder, David Pohle, and Thomas Selle.

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