Christmas Vespers: Music Of Michael Praetorius

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Christmas Vespers: Music Of Michael Praetorius

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AV2306

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6th Nov 2015

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74 minutes

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Christmas Vespers: Music Of Michael Praetorius


Praetorius, M:

Polyhymnia caduceatrix: selections

Musica Sionae: selections

Puericimium: selections

Terpsichore: Selections


Apollo’s Fire, Apollo's Singers, Apollo's Musettes, The Oberlin Choristers, The Children's Choirs of St Paul's Church, Jeannette Sorrell

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‘Christmas Vespers: Music of Michael Praetorius’ highlights the virtusoic vocal and instrumental music of the extraordinarliy versatile 17th-century German composer, assembled as in the Baroque tradition by Apollo’s Fire’s founder/director Jeanette Sorrell.

Music for the people could have been the motto for 17th-century German composer Michael Praetorius. He adhered to the ideals of Protestant pioneer Martin Luther - of whom his father was a disciple - that music, like religion, should be open and free to all. Praetorius was an extraordinarily versatile composer and, along with J. S. Bach, was one of the greatest composers of Protestant church music in Germany. With his music, he strived to bring together people of all walks of life - professional singers, congregations, villagers and children alike - an aim mirrored in the present day’s BBC program “The Choir”.

Like the Vespers settings in the 17th century - most notably the Vespers of 1610 by Monteverdi, who inspired Praetorius - this Christmas Vespers is an assemblage of works by Praetorius that Apollo’s Fire’s founder/director Jeanette Sorrell has compiled. It highlights his virtuosic vocal and instrumental writing and includes as interludes his popular carol settings, O Morning Star and Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.

Martin Luther: Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland (Arr. Jeanette Sorrell)

Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland (Arr. Jeanette Sorrell)

Michael Praetorius: Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland

Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland

Michael Praetorius: Wachet Auf!

Wachet Auf!

Michael Praetorius: Puer Natus in Bethlehem

Puer Natus in Bethlehem

Michael Praetorius: Ach, Mein Herre

Ach, Mein Herre

Martin Luther: Wir glauben all

Wir glauben all

Michael Praetorius: Terpsichore: Bransle de Poictu – Gaillarde – Bransle gay – Bransle simple – Bransle double

Terpsichore: Bransle de Poictu – Gaillarde – Bransle gay – Bransle simple – Bransle double

Michael Praetorius: Glori sei Gott

Glori sei Gott

Michael Praetorius: Queen Pastores

Queen Pastores

Martin Luther: Christum wir sollen loben

Christum wir sollen loben

Michael Praetorius: Magnificat: Parts I and II

Magnificat: Parts I and II

Michael Praetorius: O Morning Star

O Morning Star

Michael Praetorius: Magnificat: Parts III and IV

Magnificat: Parts III and IV

Michael Praetorius: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Michael Praetorius: Our Father in Heaven

Our Father in Heaven

Michael Praetorius: Benedicamus aeterno Regi

Benedicamus aeterno Regi

Michael Praetorius: Nun lob mein Seel

Nun lob mein Seel

Michael Praetorius: In dulci jubilo / Good Christian Friends, Rejoice!

In dulci jubilo / Good Christian Friends, Rejoice!

New York Times

25th November 2015

“[Praetorius is] a composer virtually made to herald the joy of the Christmas season. The two sets of his music here...make no attempt to reconstruct actual services. Rather, Jeannette Sorrell culls highlights in an attempt, she says, “to create a vivid and compelling concert experience.” In that she succeeds admirably...Sheer delight.”

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