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In Nativitate Domine: Festliche Weihnachtsmusik – Emma Kirkby, Susanne Rydén, Annegret Siedel (Audio video)

The program consists of music composed in German-speaking countries in the seventeenth century. Heinrich Schütz and Michael Praetorius are the best-known composers represented, but most of the music comes from the generations after them, from the middle and later parts of the century. It is, for the most part, thoroughly Italian in style, with the exception of the Lutheran chorales that weave their way through it. These semi-dramatic treatments of various aspects of the Christmas story are mostly for two sopranos, and they're an ideal match for the pair of Britain's Emma Kirkby and Sweden's Susanne Rydén. Kirkby is one of the veterans of the early music vocal scene, and it's not too much to say that she helped provide the world with an alternative model of soprano virtuosity. Her voice has lost none of its liveliness, but it has a thicker quality than before. It makes an intriguing contrast with Rydén's more silvery instrument. The music for the most part avoids the virtuoso quality of Monteverdi's high monodic style; it depends more on interpretation and consistency of tone, both areas in which these singers excel.

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Δύο κορυφαίες υψίφωνοι, η Βρετανή Emma Kirkby και η Σουηδή Susanne Rydén ερμηνεύουν χριστουγεννιάτικα τραγούδια γερμανόφωνων συνθετών του δέκατου έβδομου αιώνα. Επικεφαλής του φημισμένου συνόλου παλαιάς μουσικής Bell'Arte Salzburg είναι η Γερμανίδα βιολονίστρια Annegret Siedel. Η ηχογράφηση έγινε στη Siemens-Villa στο Βερολίνο, από 7 έως 10 Μαρτίου 2007, και κυκλοφόρησε σε ψηφιακό δίσκο από την Berlin Classics.

In Nativitate Domine: Festliche Weihnachtsmusik

1. Pavel Joseph Vejvanovsky (1640-1693) [00:00]*
Sonata Laetitiae in C (for 2 violins, 2 violas da gamba and basso continuo)

2. Johann Vierdanck (1605-1646) [03:26]
"Ich verkündige Euch große Freude" (Christmas Concerto for 2 sopranos, 2 violins and basso continuo)

3. Christian Geist (1640-1711) [08:52]
"Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern" (Choral Variation for soprano, 2 violins, viola da gamba and basso continuo)

4. Constantin Christian Dedekind (1628-1715) [13:18]
"Uns ist ein Kind geboren" (Sacred Concerto for 2 sopranos and basso continuo)

5. Vincent Lübeck (1654-1740) [15:45]
"Willkommen süßer Bräutigam" (Christmas Cantata for 2 sopranos, 2 violins and basso continuo)

6. Philipp Friedrich Böddecker (1607-1683) [23:17]
"Magnificat anima mea Dominum" (Motet for soprano and basso continuo)

7. Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704) [28:37]
Sonata VI. in F aus der Sammlung (for 2 violins, 2 violas da gamba and basso continuo)

8. Michael Altenburg (1584-1640) [33:56]
"Gott sei Dank durch alle Welt" (Choral for soprano, 2 violins, 2 violas da gamba and basso continuo)

9. Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c. 1623-1680) [37:59]
"Venite ocius! Transeamus usque in Bethlehem" (Cantata for 2 sopranos, 2 violins, 2 violas da gamba, violone and basso continuo)

10. Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) [48:10]
"Verbum caro factum est" (Sacred Concerto for 2 sopranos and basso continuo)

11. Anonymus / P. Benedikt Lechler (1594-1659) [52:15]
"Alma Redemptoris Mater" (Marianische Antiphon for 2 violins, 2 violas da gamba and basso continuo)

12. Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) [56:15]
"Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern" (Choral for soprano, 2 violins, 2 violas da gamba and basso continuo)

13. Andreas Hammerschmidt (1611-1675) [57:26]
"Wie bin ich doch so herzlich froh” (Sacred Concerto for soprano, 2 violins and basso continuo)

14. Johann Staden (1581-1634) [1:34.37]
"Gloria in excelsis Deo" (for 2 sopranos, 2 violins, 2 violas da gamba and basso continuo)

Emma Kirkby, soprano
Susanne Rydén, soprano

Bell'Arte Salzburg:
Annegret Siedel & Ulrike Titze, baroque violin
Rebeka Rusó & Arno Jochem, viola da gamba
Matthias Muller, violone
Margit Schultheiß, organ
Michael Freimuth, theorbo

Direction: Annegret Siedel

Recording: 7-10 March 2007, Siemens-Villa, Berlin

Berlin Classics

(HD 1080p – Audio video)

* Start time of each track / Χρόνος έναρξης του κάθε κομματιού

First publication: January 2, 2016 / Πρώτη δημοσίευση: 2 Ιανουαρίου 2016
Last update: December 6, 2016 / Τελευταία ενημέρωση: 6 Δεκεμβρίου 2016

Emma Kirkby

Susanne Rydén

Annegret Siedel

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