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A Baroque Christmas

The music on this CD is a historical Christmas “pick of the pops”, from the late 1400s to the end of the Baroque period. Directed by Douglas Lawrence, the Australian Chamber Choir offers a program recorded live in concert during their 2019 European tour. The 17 tracks are drawn from from lesser-known seasonal works, championing a sublime repertoire that is all too often neglected.

Appropriate for all-year-round listening. In Europe through the centuries, Christmas has been marked with vibrant and joyous music making. Serious composers have competed to write music with maximum popular appeal for adults and children alike.

Artists

Australian Chamber Choir

The Australian Chamber Choir was founded by Douglas Lawrence in July 2007.

Douglas Lawrence

Melbourne organist Douglas Lawrence is Director of Music at The Scots' Church and Teacher of the Organ at the University of Melbourne and was the founding director of Choir of Ormond College, a position he held from 1982 to 2006.


Press quote

“The ACC is at the forefront of the European choral tradition and not just here in Australia but on its regular European tours ... There is a wonderful honesty and excitement to all the performances as they are recordings from live performances ... One of my favourite tracks is the totally happy and boppy Halleluja, freuet euch by Andreas Hammerschmidt. This is music to make you want to get up and dance and sing from the rooftops and there are delightfully appropriate solos from tenors Anish Nair and Stewart Webb and bass Lucas Wilson-Richter.”

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— Alan Holley, classikon

Track Listing

  1. Ave Maria Josquin Des Prez
  2. Missa Pange Lingua Gloria Josquin Des Prez
  3. O Magnum Mysterium (Victoria) Tomás Luis de Victoria
  4. O Magnum Mysterium (Gabrieli) Giovanni Gabrieli
  5. Resonet in Laudibus Johannes Eccard
  6. Hodie, Christus Natus Est Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
  7. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her Martin Luther
  8. In dulci jubilo Samuel Scheidt
  9. Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen Michael Praetorius
  10. Singt und klingt Michael Praetorius
  11. Ein Kind geborn zu Bethlehem Michael Praetorius Bartholomäus Gesius
  12. Halleluja, freuet euch, ihr Christen alle Andreas Hammerschmidt
  13. O Jesulein süß, BWV 493 Johann Sebastian Bach
  14. Pastorale in F Major, BWV 590 (Pastorale), (Allegro) Johann Sebastian Bach
  15. Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden Johann Sebastian Bach
  16. In dulci jubilo, BWV 368 Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Walter
  17. The Angel Gabriel from heaven came (Traditional)

Performers

Composers

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.


Where to buy

A Baroque Christmas can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title can be ordered through fine music retailers across Australia including Readings and Fish Fine Music.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
November 2020
Copyright
© 2020 Australian Chamber Choir
Phonogram
℗ 2020 Move Records
Categories
Choral, Christmas, Classical
Catalogue number
MCD 607
Alternate catalogue number
MCD607
Barcode
EAN 9314574060720