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Classical Christmas

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Audio CD, September 30, 1993
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  • Performer: Various
  • Audio CD (September 30, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Label: LaserLight
  • ASIN: B000001W1V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. No. 2. March
2. No. 4. Dance
3. No. 5. Scene and The Grandfather Dance
4. No. 6. Scene
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Disc: 2
1. Sonata Natalis in C
2. And the glory of the Lord
3. And He shall purify
4. For unto us a Child is born
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for trumpet & organ
2. Wie schön leuchtet uns der Morgenstern (I), chorale prelude for organ,
3. Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn
4. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schübler Ch
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Disc: 4
1. Tönet, ihr Pauken [From Cantata No. 214]
2. Sinfonia
3. In dulci jubilo, chorale setting for 4 voices, BWV 368 (BC F110)
4. Großer Herr, o starker König [From Christmas Oratorio]
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Disc: 5
1. In dulci iubilo
2. Pastorale per la notte di natale, for orchestra in A major
3. Sonata per chiesa et camera
4. Jubilate Domino (from Musae Sioniae)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By DJ Rix on December 9, 2001
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Laserlight has the rights to so much recorded music - excellent, good, indifferent, bad - & of such varying sound quality, that it's difficult to rate the label's bargain compilations. Most are afflicted with "excerpt-itis," the "greatest hits" disease. However, some compiler with an interesting ear for the offbeat & a sense of humor put this fine five-CD Christmas box together. He or she did so by leaning on some less familiar music & by relying largely on good performances from ye olde East Germany ensembles & conductors, (as do Koch-Schwann & Berlin Classics labels, at higher prices).
The #1 disk is a solid performance of The Nutcracker Suite (also issued as a single disk by Laserlight) by Peter Wohlert conducting the Berlin Symphony (not to be confused with the Berlin Philharmonic). With that over-cooked chestnut out of the way, this compilation gets interesting.
We get some venerable excerpts of Bach cantatas, oratorios, motets & Lutheran hymns, performed by Fidicinia Capella, New Leipzig Bach Collegium Musicum, & the German Bach Soloists, all respectable ensembles. Edita Gruberova even joins in "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen." Plus an earful of grand organ preludes.
Handel is represented by a happy section of "Water Music" & a piece for brass instruments from his oratorio, "Judas Maccabaeus." What, no "Halleluah Chorus?" Believe me, you don't need it! But it's here all the same.
Mozart checks in with the lovely, too brief, "Ave verum Corpus," motet for chorus, strings, & organ, K. 618. We also get snappy, dutiful baroque contributions from Vivaldi, Corelli & Purcell.
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