Fünf CDs mit europäischer Musik vom Mittelalter bis heute, die thematisch zu Weihnachten passt, gespielt und gesungen von weltbekannten Interpreten wie dem Concentus musicus, Alsfelder Vokalensemble, Worcester Cathedral Choir, Gustav Leonhardt, Franz Lehrndorfer u.a.
Der Worcester Cathedral Choir singt 20 angelsächsische, amerikanische und deutsche Weihnachtslieder.
The glorious body of music written specifically for the Christmas season is unparalleled in Western civilization; no other event or time of year is as inextricably linked with music, especially with music of such quiet strength and emotion. Some traditional Christmas melodies like The Coventry Carol from England or Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head from the American Appalachian mountains (both included on this release) are enjoyed throughout the year; but for most listeners, these pieces conjure up the intimate and powerful sentiments of Christmasthe falling snow, a warm home, family, and friends.
One of the biggest challenges with Christmas recordings
is deciding what to include and what to omit. Celestial Harmonies
has found an elegant solutionadding a volume to the Celestial
Christmas series each year. The fourth CD in the series builds
on the popular collections of sacred Renaissance and Baroque works
of the first three volumes and branches out to include some later
works. Included are some of the world's most beloved Christmas melodiesAway
In A Manger, Silent Night, Holy Night, O
Come All Ye Faithful, and several other favoritesside
by side with some of the greatest composers of Western music.
Most Christmas traditions that we know come from three
sources: Germany, England, and the United States. Appropriately, Celestial
Christmas 4 focuses on the music of these three countries. The
earliest works were collected and published in sixteenth century England,
and probably date from medieval times. The most recent are the famous
adaptations of Appalachian tunes by the preeminent American
The instrument probably most associated with Christmas is the voice; therefore, this recording features the voicemany voices in fact, massed together and taking part in the ageold English tradition of choral music. The renowned