Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Cat No:
01 - 11 - 2013

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Francois Leleux (oboe), Bavarian Radio Choir, Florian Helgath (conductor)

On this CD, the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Florian Helgath performs traditional and beloved German holiday classics along with carols from the Tyrol, France and Italy. Framing this richly varied program is the beautiful 16th-century carol 'Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen' (Lo, How a Rose e'er Blooming) - the well-known version by Praetorius at the beginning, at the end a version composed by Jan Sandstrom in 1990 that features the (untouched) setting by Praetorius cloaked in a hummed, gently changing cloud of music. Between the choral selections, oboist Francois Leleux enriches the CD with restful instrumental intermezzi and virtuosic touches. Since 2008, Florian Helgath has been the Artistic Director of the via-nova choir in Munich. Beyond this, he took over the direction of the Danish Radio Chorus in 2010, and in 2011 he was appointed Artistic Director of the ChorWerk Ruhr. Since conducting the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks at Bavarian Broadcasting's 2nd Choral Conducting Forum in 2007, he has continued to maintain a close working relationship with this ensemble.

M Praetorius Es ist ein Ros' ensprungen, Becker Liturgische Gesange fur das Kirchenhar Op 46 No 5 'Machet die Tore weit', Traditional (arr. Kaminski) Maria durch ein Dornwald ging, Wade (arr. Silcher) Adeste fideles, Traditional (arr. Ratzinger) O du frohliche (O Sanctissima), JS Bach (arr. for oboe) Corrente from Partita in A Minor BWV1013, Gruber (arr. Miessner) Stille nacht, JS Bach 'Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier' from Christmas Oratorio BWV248, Traditional (arr. Golle) Still Still Still, Traditional (arr. Winklhofer) Es wird scho glei dumpa, Telemann (arr. for oboe) Fantasie No 3 in B minor TWV40:4, Mendelssohn Festgesang MWVD4 'Gutenberg-Kantate' No 2, Redner (arr. Ives) O little town of Bethlehem, Traditional Bimbo bimbo fai la nanna, Traditional (arr. Gevaert) Les anges dans nos campagnes, JS Bach (arr. for oboe) Sarabande from Partita in A Minor BWV1013, Handel 'Tochter Zion freue dich' from Judas Maccabaeus HWV63, Britten A Hymn to the Virgin, Eccard (arr. Buchenberg) O Freude uber Freude!, Telemann (arr. for oboe) Fantasie No 11 in G major TWV40:12, Grieg Ave maris stella EG150, Whitacre Lux Aurumque, Sandstrom Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, Traditional Bells Ringing

Running Time: 1 hr 13 min