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Christmas Story Import

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Audio CD, Import, October 9, 2007
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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction Oder Eingang Zu Der Geburt Unsers Herren Jesu Christi
2. Es Begab Sich Aber Zu Derselbigen Zeit
3. Intermedium I: Der Engel Zu Den Hirten Auf Dem Felde: Furchtet Euch Nicht
4. Und Alsbald War Da Bei Dem Engel
5. Intermedium II: Die Menge Der Engel: Ehre Sei Gott In Der Hohe
6. Und Da Die Engel Con Ihnen Gen Himmel Fuhren
7. Intermedium III: Die Hirten Auf Dem Felde: Lasset Uns Nun Gehen Gen Bethlehem
8. Und Sie Kamen Eilend Und Funden Beide, Marien Und Joseph
9. Intermedium IV: Die Weisen Aus Morgenlande: Wo Ist Der Neugeborne Konig Der Juden?
10. Da Das Der Konig Herodes Horete, Erchrak Er
11. Intermedium V: Hohepriester Und Schritgelehrte: Zu Bethlehem Im Judischen Lande
12. Da Berief Herodes Die Weisen Heimlich
13. Intermedium VI: Herodes: Ziehet Hin Und Forschet Fleissig Nach Dem Kindlein
14. Als Sie Nun Den Konig Gehoret Hatten, Aogen Sie Hin
15. Intermedium VII: Der Engel Zu Joseph: Stehe Auf, Jospeh, Und Nimm Das Kindlein
16. Und Er Stund Auf Und Nahm Das Kindlein
17. Intermedium VIII: Der Engel Zu Joseph: Stehe Auf, Joseph, Und Numm Das Kindlein
18. Und Er Stund Auf Und Nahm Das Kindlein
19. Beschluss Der Geburt Unseres Herrn Und Seligmachers Jesu Christi: Dank Sagen Wir Alle Gott
20. Quem Vidistis Pastores? - The King's Consort
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By George Peabody VINE VOICE on August 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD
In 1608 Heinrich Schutz (1585-1672) was given a grant to study with Gabrieli in Venice. This was an auspicious time musically, for the musical developments in Venice were setting the trend for the whole of Europe enabling Schutz to take in both the old and the new styles; the old polychoral tradition exemplified in the massive motets of Gabrieli was being superceded by the new more intimate style which involved smaller ensembles of voices and instruments.

At the same time, the rise of opera was seeing refinements and developments in the field of recitativo. Interesting from a musicological point of view, 'The Christmas Story' is the earliest extant Nativity setting to use recitative for the Evangelist. And, it is indeed a wonderful piece of musical drama presenting an extremely vibrant and pictorial work. Add to this the clever use of instrumentation: rustic recorders and dulcian are employed for the shepherds, trombones for the high priests, and two cornets or trumpets for King Herod.

The Court Diary describes 'The Christmas Story'(1660) as 'the Birth of Christ in recitative style'. The major narrative of the work is recited by the Evangelist who is accompanied by a small organ and string bass. Schutz writes this with a great deal of word-painting, and the pacing of the story is carefully calculated. The Preface to this composition states it as being: 'History of the Joyful and Merciful Birth of the Son of God and Mary, Jesus Christ, our only mediator, Redeemer and Saviour'.
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