Herbert von Karajan – Christmas Adagio (1977)

KarajanChristmasAdagioFCThis is a christmas compilation of maestro Herbert von Karajan recorded betwenn the years 1968 – 1977.
Enjoy these wonderful compositions from the baroque era of classic music.You don´t have to believe in God to feel the spiritual dimensions of this music.


Personnel:
Berliner Symphony Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan

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Tracklist:

Guiseppe Torrelli: Christmas concerto op. 8 no. 6 (9.17)
01. Grave – Vivace 3.47
02. Laego 3.40
03. Vivace 1.50

Ottorino Respighi:
04. Siciliana (from Ancient airs and dances for lute) 3.39

Francesco Manfredini: Christmas Concerto op.3 No. 12 (10.57)
05. Pastorale (Largo) 5.01
06. Largo 2.58
07. Allegro 2.58

Georg Friedrich Haendel:
08. Musette (from Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 6) 7.36

Pietro Locatelli: Concerto grosso op. 1 no. 8 (19.44)
09. Largo – Grave 3.44
10. Vivace 1.32
11. Grave 2.09
12. Largo Andante 5.14
13. Andante 2.23
14. Pastoral – Andante 4.42

Arcangello Corelli: Christmas concerto op 8. no. 8 (16.44)
15. Vivace – Grave – Allegro 4.32
16. Adagio – Allegro – Adagio 3.49
17. Vivace 1.26
18. Allegro 1.53
19. Pastorale (Largo) 5.04

Franz Xaver Gruber:
20. Silent Night 2.57

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Georg Friedrich Händel – Messiah (Stephen Cleobury) (2009)

FrontCover1This 2009 recording of Messiah with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, led by Stephen Cleobury, marks three anniversaries: the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death, the founding of the University of Cambridge 800 years ago, and the death 80 years ago of Arthur Henry Mann. The last two are significant because Mann, as early as 1894, had led the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, in the first “modern” performance of Messiah shorn of the gigantism that had begun to overtake the oratorio soon after the composer’s death, with greatly expanded orchestration and the use of gargantuan choral forces. (One notorious Victorian performance included 3,500 performers, 3,000 in the chorus and an orchestra CoverIllustrationof 500.) Mann’s attempts to replicate the modest performing forces of Handel’s time predated the ascendancy of the movement highlighting period performance practice by near three-quarters of a century.

Cleobury’s reading of the score is modest and self-effacing, with no bells and whistles, letting the music speak for itself. The approach works beautifully — this is not a version one would call spectacular in the brilliance of its soloists or in daring musical choices that prove revelatory — but in all its particulars and as a whole, it sounds just, well…just right. Cleobury’s tempos are always within the conventional range, but the deceptively simple but tricky relation of tempos between sections or movements feels absolutely natural and utterly convincing. The strong intuitive sense of organic unity that Cleobury provides makes this an especially satisfying performance. His soloists have unprepossessing voices, but they sing beautifully, with excellent intonation, technique, and tone, and they are expressive without being excessive. The Choir of King’s College, made up of men and boys, performs with admirable vocal agility and the tone is exceptionally pure. The Academy of Ancient Music plays with grace and sensitivity, and the continuo part is realized with subtlety and inventiveness. EMI’s sound is clean and intimate, and details of orchestration and voice-leading are easy to follow. (by Stephen Eddins)

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Title page of Handel’s autograph score

Personnel:
Timothy Amherst (double bass)
Allan Clayton (vocals: tenor)
Stephen Cleobury (conductor)
Alice Coote (vocals: mezzo-soprano)
Joseph Crouch (cello)
Matthew Rose (vocals: bass)
Alastair Ross (harpsichord)
Peter Stevens (organ)
Ailish Tynan (vocals: soprano)
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Academy of Ancient Music leaded by Rodolfo Richter
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King’s College Choir of Cambridge (choir)

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King’s College Choir of Cambridge with Stephen Cleobury

Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. Part 1. Sinfony. Grave – Allegro moderato 3.29
02. Part 1. Accompagnato. Comfort ye my people 2.50
03. Part 1. Air. Ev’ry valley shall be exalted 3.21
04. Part 1. Chorus. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed 2.58
05. Part 1. Accompagnato. Thus saith the Lord of Hosts 1.22
06. Part 1. Air. But who may abide the day of His coming 4.30
07. Part 1. Chorus. And He shall purify 2.38
08. Part 1. Recitative. Behold, a virgin shall conceive 0.24
09. Part 1. Air. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion 3.43
10. Part 1. Chorus. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion 1.36
11. Part 1. Accompagnato. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth 1.57
12. Part 1. Air. The people that walked in darkness 3.27
13. Part 1. Chorus. For unto us a Child is born 3.59
14. Part 1. Pifa. Larghetto e mezzo piano 2.40
15. Part 1. Recitative. There were shepherds. Accompagnato. And lo, the angel of the Lord. Recitative. 1.21
16. Part 1. Accompagnato. And suddenly there was with the angel. Chorus. Glory to God in the highest 2.09
17. Part 1. Air. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion 4.29
18. Part 1. Recitative. Then shall the eyes of the blind be open’d 0.32
19. Part 1. Air. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd 5.10
20. Part 1. Chorus. His yoke is easy, His burthen is light 2.25
21. Part 2. Chorus. Behold, the Lamb of God  2.38
22. Part 2. Air. He was despised 11.41

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Original manuscript of Messiah

CD 2:
01. Part 2. Chorus. Surely, He hath borne our griefs 1.43
02. Part 2. Chorus. And with His stripes we are healed 1.49
03. Part 2. Chorus. All we like sheep have gone astray 3.44
04. Part 2. Accompagnato. All they that see Him, laugh Him to scorn 0.40
05. Part 2. Chorus. He trusted in God 2.23
06. Part 2. Accompagnato. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart 1.55
07. Part 2. Arioso. Behold, and see if there be any sorrow 1.17
08. Part 2. Accompagnato. He was cut off out of the land of the living 0.14
09. Part 2. Air. But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell 2.14
10. Part 2. Chorus. Lift up your heads, O ye gates 3.06
11. Part 2. Recitative. Unto which of the angels 0.16
12. Part 2. Chorus. Let all the angels of God worship Him 1.29
13. Part 2. Air. Thou art gone up on high 3.10
14. Part 2. Chorus. The Lord gave the word 1.02
15. Part 2. Air. How beautiful are the feet 2.20
16. Part 2. Chorus. Their sound is gone out into all lands 1.29
17. Part 2. Air. Why do the nations so furiously rage together 2.55
18. Part 2. Chorus. Let us break their bonds asunder 1.44
19. Part 2. Recitative. He that dwelleth in heaven 0.11
20. Part 2. Air. Thou shalt break them 2.03
21. Part 2. Chorus. Hallelujah! 3.52
22. Part 3. Air. I know that my Redeemer liveth 6.08
23. Part 3. Chorus. Since by man came death 2.04
24. Part 3. Accompagnato. Behold, I tell you a mystery 0.31
25. Part 3. Air. The trumpet shall sound 8.45
26. Part 3. Recitative. Then shall be brought to pass the saying 0.17
27. Part 3. Duet. O death, where is thy sting 1.58
28. Part 3. Chorus. But thanks be to God 2.20
29. Part 3. Air. If God be for us 5.14
30.Part 3. Chorus. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain 3.25
31. Part 3. Chorus. Amen 3.57

composed by Georg Friedrich Händel (George Frederick Handel) in 1741

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