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The Complete Christmas Celebration


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 1. Chorus. Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage
    2. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 2. Recitative. Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit
    3. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 3. Recitative. Nun wird mein liebster Brutigam
    4. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 4. Aria. Bereite dich, Zion
    5. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 5. Chorale. Wie soll ich dich empfangen
    6. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 6. Recitative. Und sie gebar ihren ersten Sohn
    7. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 7. Chorale. Er ist auf Erden kommen arm / Recitative. Wer will die Liebe recht erhhn
    8. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 8. Aria. Groer Herr, o starker Knig
    9. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 1. No. 9. Chorale. Ach, mein herzliebes Jesulein
    10. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 10. Sinfonia
    11. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 11. Recitative. Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend
    12. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 12. Chorale. Brich an, o schnes Morgenlicht
    13. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 13. Recitative. Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen / Frchtet euch nicht
    14. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 14. Recitative. Was Gott dem Abraham verheien
    15. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 15. Aria. Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet
    16. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 16. Recitative. Und das habt zum Zeichen
    17. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 17. Chorale. Schaut hin, dort liegt im finstern Stall
    18. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 18. Recitative. So geht denn hin
    19. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 19. Aria. Schlafe, mein Liebster, geniee der Ruh
    20. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 20. Recitative. Und alsobald war da bei denn Engel
    21. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 21. Chorus. Ehre sei Gott in der Hhe
    22. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 22. Recitative. So recht, ihr Engel, jauchzt und singet
    23. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 2. No. 23. Chorale. Wir singen dir in deinem Heer
    24. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 24. Chorus. Herrscher des Himmels, erhre das Lallen
    25. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 25. Recitative. Und da die Engel von ihnen gen Himmel fuhren
    26. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 26. Chorus. Lasset uns nun gehen gen Bethlehem
    27. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 27. Recitative. Er hat sein Volk getrst'
    28. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 28. Chorale. Dies hat er alles uns getan
    29. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 29. Duet. Herr, dein Mitleid, dein Erbarmen
    30. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 30. Recitative. Und sie kamen eilend
    31. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 31. Aria. Schliee, mein Herze, dies selige Wunder
    32. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 32. Recitative. Ja, ja, mein Herz soll es bewahren
    33. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 33. Chorale. Ich will dich mit Flei bewahren
    34. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 34. Recitative. Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um
    35. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 35. Chorale. Seid froh dieweil
    36. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 3. No. 24. Chorus (da capo). Herrscher des Himmels, erhre das Lallen
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 36. Chorus. Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben
    2. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 37. Recitative. Und da acht Tage um waren
    3. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 38. Recitative. Immanuel, o ses Wort / Arioso. Jesu, du mein liebstes Leben
    4. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 39. Aria. Flt, mein Heiland, flt dein Namen
    5. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 40. Recitative. Wohlan, dein Name soll allein / Chorale. Jesu, meine Freud und Wonne
    6. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 41. Aria. Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben
    7. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 4. No. 42. Chorale. Jesus, richte mein Beginnen
    8. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 43. Chorus. Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen
    9. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 44. Recitative. Da Jesu geboren war zu Bethlehem
    10. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 45. Chorus. Wo ist der neugeborene Knig der Juden / Recitative. Sucht ihn in meiner Brust
    11. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 46. Chorale. Dein Glanz all Finsternis verzehrt
    12. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 47. Aria. Erleucht auch meine finstre Sinnen
    13. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 48. Recitative. Da das der Knig Herodes hrte
    14. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 49. Recitative. Warum wollt ihr erschrecken
    15. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 50. Recitative. Und lie versammeln alle Hohenpriester
    16. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 51. Trio. Ach, wann wird die Zeit erscheinen?
    17. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 52. Recitative. Mein Liebster herrschet schon
    18. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 5. No. 53. Chorale. Zwar ist solche Herzensstube
    19. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 54. Chorus. Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben
    20. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 55. Recitative. Da berief Herodes die Weisen heimlich / Ziehet hin und forschet fleiig
    21. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 56. Recitative. Du Falscher, suche nur den Herrn zu fllen
    22. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 57. Aria. Nur ein Wink von seinen Hnden
    23. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 58. Recitative. Als sie nun den Knig gehret hatten
    24. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 59. Chorale. Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier
    25. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 60. Recitative. Und Gott befahl ihnen im Traum
    26. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 61. Recitative. So geht Genug, mein Schatz geht nicht von hier
    27. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 62. Aria. Nun mgt ihr stolzen Feinde schrecken
    28. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 63. Recitative. Was will der Hllen Schrecken nun
    29. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part 6. No. 64. Chorale. Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 1. Sinfony
    2. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 2. Recitative. Comfort ye my people / No. 3. Song. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
    3. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 4. Chorus. And the glory of the Lord
    4. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 5. Recitative. Thus saith the Lord / No. 6. Song. But who may abide the day of his coming
    5. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 7. Chorus. And he shall purify
    6. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 8. Recitative. Behold, a virgin shall conceive / No. 9. Song. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
    7. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 10. Recitative. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth / No. 11. Song. The people that walked in darkness
    8. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 12. Chorus. For unto us a child is born
    9. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 13. Pifa
    10. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 14a. Recitative. There were shepherds, abiding in the field / No. 14b. Recitative. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them / No. 15. Recitative. And the angel said unto them / No. 16. Recitative. And suddenly there w
    11. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 18. Song. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
    12. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 19. Recitative. Then shall the eyes of the blind / No. 20. Song. He shall feed his flock
    13. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 21. Chorus. His yoke is easy, and his burthen is light
    14. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 22. Chorus. Behold the Lamb of God
    15. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 23. Song. He was despised
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 24. Chorus. Surely he hath brone our griefs / No. 25. Chorus. And with his stripes we are healed
    2. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 26. Chorus. And we like sheep have gone astray
    3. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 27. Recitative. All they that see him laugh him to scorn / No. 28. Chorus. He trusted in God
    4. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 29. Recitative. Thy rebuke has broken his heart / No. 30. Song. Behold and see if there be any sorrow / No. 31. Recitative. He was cut off out of the land of the living
    5. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 32. Song. But thou didst not leave his soul in hell
    6. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 33. Chorus. Lift up your heads, O ye gates
    7. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 34. Recitative. Unto which of the angels said he at any time / No. 35. Chorus. Let all the angels of God worship him
    8. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 36. Song. Thou art gone up on high
    9. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 37. Chorus. The Lord gave the word
    10. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 38. Song. How beautiful are the feet
    11. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 39. Chorus. Their sound is gone out
    12. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 40. Song. Why do the nations so furiously rage together / No. 41. Chorus. Let us break their bonds asunder
    13. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 42. Recitative. He that dwelleth in heaven / No. 43. Song. Thou shalt break them
    14. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 44. Chorus. Hallelujah
    15. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 45. Song. I know that my Redeemer liveth
    16. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 46. Chorus. Since by man came death
    17. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 47. Recitative. Behold, I tell you a mystery / No. 48. Song. The trumpet shall sound
    18. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 49. Recitative. Then shall be brought to pass / No. 50. Duet. O death, where is thy sting?
    19. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 51. Chorus. But thanks be to God
    20. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 52. Song. If God be for us
    21. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 53. Chorus. Wothy is the Lamb that was slain
    22. Messiah, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 54. Chorus. Amen
    0. DISC 5:
    1. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Ouverture, The
    2. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1. No. 1. Scne: L'ornement et l'illumination de l'arbre de Nol, The
    3. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1. No. 2. Marche, The
    4. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1. No. 3. Petit galop des enfan ts et entre des parents, The
    5. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1. No. 4. Scne dansante, The
    6. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1. No. 5. Scne et danse Gross- Vater, The
    7. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1. No. 6. Scne, The
    8. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1. No. 7. Scne, The
    9. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 2. No. 8. Scne, The
    10. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 2. No. 9. Valse des flocons de neige, The
    11. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3. No. 10. Scne, The
    12. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3. No. 11. Scne, The
    13. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3. Divertissement. No. 12a. Le chocolat, The (Danse espagnole)
    14. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3. Divertissement. No. 12b. Le caf, The (Danse arabe)
    15. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3. Divertissement. No. 12c. Le th, The (Danse chinoise)
    16. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3. Divertissement. No. 12d. Tr pak, The (Danse russe)
    17. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3. Divertissement. No. 12e. Dan se des mirlitons, The
    18. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3. Divertissement. No. 12f. La mre Gigogne et les polichinelles, The
    19. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3. No. 13. Valse des fleurs, The
    20. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3. Pas de deux. No. 14a. La fe Drage et le prince Orgeat, The
    21. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3. Pas de deux. No. 14b. Variat ion 1, The (pour le danseur)
    22. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3. Pas de deux. No. 14c. Variat ion 2, The (pour la danseuse) (Danse de la fe Darage)
    23. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3. Pas de deux. No. 14d. Coda, The
    24. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 2. Tableau 3. No. 15. Valse finale et Apot hose, The
    0. DISC 6:
    1. O du frhlichs, o du selige
    2. bers Gebirg Marie geht
    3. Benedixisti, Domine
    4. Hodie Christus natus est
    5. O Jesulein zart
    6. es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
    7. Von der Geburt Christi: O Freude ber Freud'
    8. Heilige Nacht
    9. Quem pastores laudavere
    10. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
    11. Wie schn singt uns der Engel Schar
    12. Still, o Himmel
    13. Es blhen die Maien
    14. Verbum caro factum est
    15. Freu' dich, Erd' und Sternenzeit
    16. O schlafe, schlafe, gttlicher Knabe
    17. Auf dem Berge da geht der Wind
    18. Adeste fideles
    19. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
    0. DISC 7:
    1. Once in royal David's city
    2. Up, good Christian folk, and listen
    3. On Christmas Night (Sussex Carol)
    4. Ding dong, merrily on high
    5. O little town of Bethlehem
    6. Silent night
    7. In the bleak midwinter
    8. first Nowell, The
    9. Hark, the herald angels sing
    10. Away in a manger
    11. seven joys of Mary, The
    12. infant king, The
    13. God rest you merry, Gentlemen
    14. holly and the ivy, The
    15. I saw three ships
    16. O come, all ye faithful
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    American listeners may not find this collection of old Deutsche Grammophon and Decca releases to be quite the "complete Christmas celebration" that's promised. American Christmas carols as a group are not included, although of course some of the selections from the German and English carol discs have achieved popularity in that country. The contents are also a bit unbalanced, with the Nutcracker, in a fine recording from the Kirov Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the only album containing music newer than the Baroque era. With these caveats in mind, this seven-CD box set offers high value for those who want to throw some CDs in a changer and keep it running through the holiday season. Recorded between 1980 and 1998, the box combines established favorites of the historical-instrument crowd, Gergiev's aforementioned Nutcracker (the most recent of the set), and stars respectively among the youth choirs of German and English cathedrals on the last two discs. These sound especially good in retrospect: the Bach Christmas Oratorio and Handel Messiah performances have been partly supplanted by newer approaches, but one comes to think that the high level of musical accomplishment among boy choirs at the end of the 20th century represents some kind of milestone. No texts and no booklet notes other than track lists are included; the track lists are simply repeated on the sleeves of the individual discs, which could easily have been given over to a few relevant words. But for those in search of a large volume of well-performed Christmas music for a low price, this fills the bill. ~James Manheim

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