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Christmas Vespers

Music of Michael Praetorius

$18.00

“Delectable… heralds the joy of the Christmas season. Sheer delight.”
–THE NEW YORK TIMES

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“Charged with all Apollo’s Fire’s signature energy… a spark that grows into a blaze as the programme progresses: two soprano soloists battle with ferocious elegance in the Gloria, a syncopated chorus leads us in a wild dance of rejoicing in Puer natus in Bethlehem, while Sorrell’s instrumentalists shine in the orchestral dances from Terpsichore. What Apollo’s Fire do so uniquely well here is capture the homespun spirit of music intended to unite a congregation. A disc that leads with its personality – generous and all-embracing…”
–GRAMOPHONE

“Delectable… virtually made to herald the joy of the Christmas season. Succeeds admirably. Sheer delight.”
–THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Homeliness and heart, and plenty of sparkle and Monteverdian blaze, too. Praetorius, a giant of Protestant church music, would surely have approved.”
–THE IRISH TIMES

“Magnificent… a musical gift to treasure.”
–THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

Part I – Awaiting the Messiah

1. Processional

2. Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland

3. Wachet Auf!

4. Puer Natus in Bethlehem

5. Ach, Mein Herre

6. Wir glauben all

7. Dances from Terpsichore

8. Glori sei Gott

Part II – A Vespers Service for Christmas Day

9. Quem Pastores

10. Christum wir sollen loben

11. Magnificat, Parts I & II

12. O Morning Star

13. Magnificat, Parts 3 & 4

14. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

15. Our Father in Heaven

16. Benedicamus aeterno Regi

17. Nun lob mein See

18. In dulci jubilo

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.” –CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (UK)

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