Vom Himmel Hoch (Christmas Carols) | Audite AUDITE95741

Vom Himmel Hoch (Christmas Carols)

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Label: Audite

Cat No: AUDITE95741

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 20th November 2015

Contents

Artists

Erna Berger (soprano)
Elisabeth Grummer (soprano)
Margot Guilleaume (soprano)
Ursula Luders (soprano)
Lisa Otto (soprano)
Maria Reith (soprano)
Rita Streich (soprano)
Gunthild Weber (soprano)
Josephine Varga (alto)
Annelies Westen (alto)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)
Walther Ludwig (tenor)
Radio Orchester Berlin
RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester
RIAS Studioorchester

Conductors

Gunther Arndt
Fried Walter
Hans Carste

Artists

Erna Berger (soprano)
Elisabeth Grummer (soprano)
Margot Guilleaume (soprano)
Ursula Luders (soprano)
Lisa Otto (soprano)
Maria Reith (soprano)
Rita Streich (soprano)
Gunthild Weber (soprano)
Josephine Varga (alto)
Annelies Westen (alto)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)
Walther Ludwig (tenor)
Radio Orchester Berlin
RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester
RIAS Studioorchester

Conductors

Gunther Arndt
Fried Walter
Hans Carste

About

Producing atmospheric Christmas programmes in the 1950s fell into the remit of radio stations: records with festive music were not available during the early post-war years. For RIAS, the Berlin radio station under American control, the early 1950s were the heyday in this respect. Year after year, distinguished singers, including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Rita Streich, Erna Berger, Elisabeth Grümmer and many others, were engaged to perform for these radio shows.

This disc presents the impressive results of these recordings made between 1950 and 1964.

Most carols on this disc are folksongs or folk-like. Their simple, catchy tunes, setting words from Martin Luther’s time through to the 20th century, tell of naïve piety. Renowned composers and church musicians of the 1950s produced tasteful arrangements of these carols, mostly for such Christmas programmes.

The spectrum of arrangements on this disc stretches from sparing but emphatic lute dabs right up to the onomatopoeic expansion of orchestral sonorities which do not shy away from a nod towards Puccini. The fact that all these diverse Christmas offerings were produced without the slightest whiff of sentimentality is largely due to the performers who transformed these miniatures into little gems.

Contents:
• Es blüh’n drei Rosen
• Da droben auf dem Berge
• Und unser lieben Frauen
• Maria durch ein’n Dornwald ging
• Maria auf dem Berge
• Schlaf, mein Kindelein
• Schlaf wohl, du Himmelsknabe du
• Stille Nacht
• Die Himmelsbotschaft ist erklungen
• Joseph, lieber Joseph mein
• Zu Bethlehem geboren
• Christlied
• Es wird schon gleich dunkel
• Das himmlische Menuett
• O Jesulein zart
• Wiegenlied in der Weihnacht
• Kommt all herein, ihr Engelein
• O Jesulein mild, o Jesulein zart
• Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich
• Ich steh’ an deiner Krippen hier
• Gelobet seist du, Jesus Christ
• Vom Himmel hoch, ihr Engel kommt
• Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen
• Ave Maria zart, du edler Rosengart
• Süßer die Glocken nie klingen
• Vom Himmel hoch

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