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Christmas Oratorio

The King's Singers / WDR Big Band

Christmas Oratorio

Price: € 13.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212021521
Catnr: SIGCD 215
Release date: 01 November 2010
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212021521
Catalogue number
SIGCD 215
Release date
01 November 2010
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Artist(s)
Composer(s)
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About the album

A unique album from two versatile and distinctive groups of performers: The King’s Singers and the WDR Big Band perform a new jazz version of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, arranged and directed by Bill Dobbins.

Recorded live in concert, this performance captures the timeless and versatile nature of Bach’s work, retaining the integrity of the original whilst presenting it in wholly new setting. Both groups are Grammy award winners; The King’s Singers, famed for their precision and sound, and the WDR Big Band, one of Europe’s leading jazz-ensembles.


Een unieke jazzversie van het Kerstoratorium
Dit is een uniek album van twee veelzijdige en typische ensembles: The King’s Singers en de WDR Big Band. Samen voeren zij een jazzversie van delen van het Weihnachtsoratorium van Johann Sebastian Bach uit, bewerkt en geregisseerd door Bill Dobbins. The King’s Singers worden geroemd om hun precisie en klank, en de WDR Big Band is een van de meest vooraanstaande Europese jazzensembles. Beide ensembles hebben al eens een Grammy award gewonnen.

Het doel van Dobbins’ bewerking was drieledig: Hij wilde ten eerste koren, aria’s en koralen selecteren die de muzikale diversiteit en fantasie vertegenwoordigen, terwijl hij daarnaast ook de recitatieven van de Evangelist die het Kerstverhaal vertelt wilde behouden. Ten tweede wilde hij de muzikale inhoud en het dramatische karakter vertalen naar het idioom van Amerikaanse jazz en latin, maar wel trouw blijven aan de geest van het origineel van Bach. Ten slotte wilde hij de secties zo bewerken dat de buitengewone talenten van de ensembles van hun beste kant getoond worden.

Deze live-opname vangt de tijdloosheid en veelzijdige aard van Bachs werk, en behoudt de integriteit van het origineel terwijl het in een compleet nieuwe versie gepresenteerd wordt.

Artist(s)

The King's Singers

The King’s Singers have represented the gold standard in a cappella singing on the world’s greatest stages for over fifty years. They are renowned for their unrivalled technique, versatility and skill in performance, and for their consummate musicianship, drawing both on the group’s rich heritage and its pioneering spirit to create an extraordinary wealth of original works and unique collaborations. What has always distinguished the group is their comfort in an unprecedented range of styles and genres, pushing the boundaries of their repertoire, while at the same time honouring their origins in the British choral tradition. They are known and loved around the world, and appear regularly in major cities, festivals and venues across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, including Carnegie Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, Tonhalle Zurich, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Edinburgh International Festival, Helsinki Music Centre, Sydney Opera...
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The King’s Singers have represented the gold standard in a cappella singing on the world’s greatest stages for over fifty years. They are renowned for their unrivalled technique, versatility and skill in performance, and for their consummate musicianship, drawing both on the group’s rich heritage and its pioneering spirit to create an extraordinary wealth of original works and unique collaborations.
What has always distinguished the group is their comfort in an unprecedented range of styles and genres, pushing the boundaries of their repertoire, while at the same time honouring their origins in the British choral tradition. They are known and loved around the world, and appear regularly in major cities, festivals and venues across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, including Carnegie Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, Tonhalle Zurich, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Edinburgh International Festival, Helsinki Music Centre, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Opera City and the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing. They also work with orchestras, recently including the NDR Radiophilharmonie and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with whom they performed a specially commissioned work by Sir James MacMillan.
9 The King’s Singers’ extensive discography has led to numerous awards including two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame. As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018, the group undertook a series of major tours worldwide, supporting the release of a special anniversary album GOLD (also nominated for a Grammy Award), which featured important works in the group’s history and new commissions by Bob Chilcott, John Rutter and Nico Muhly.
This commitment to creating a new repertoire has always been central to the group, with over 200 commissioned works by many leading composers of the 20th and 21st Centuries, including John Tavener, Judith Bingham, Eric Whitacre, György Ligeti, Luciano Berio, Krzysztof Penderecki and Toru Takemitsu. These join a unique body of close-harmony and a cappella arrangements, including those by individual King’s Singers past and present. Many of their early collaborators’ own experience with brass bands helped to inform the distinct ‘King’s Singers sound’ and a large number of their commissioned works and arrangements are available in their own signature series with Hal Leonard, selling over two million copies worldwide. A key to the group’s success has been their ability to evolve and innovate over many years – and through 28 individual members – while always retaining this special sound and musical integrity.
They also lead educational workshops and residential courses across the world, working with groups and individuals on their techniques and approaches to ensemble singing. In 2018 they founded The King’s Singers Global Foundation to provide a platform for the creation of new music across multiple disciplines, coach a new generation of performers and provide musical opportunities to people of all backgrounds.
The King’s Singers were formed in 1968, when six recent choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge gave a concert at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. By chance, the group was made up of two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, and the group has maintained this formation ever since that debut.
Patrick Dunachie countertenor Edward Button countertenor Julian Gregory tenor Christopher Bruerton baritone Nick Ashby baritone Jonathan Howard bass
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Bill Dobbins (conductor)

Composer(s)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.  Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.  
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Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.


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Disc #1
01.
Chor:: Jauchzet, frohlocket!
09:56
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
02.
Rezitativ:: Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit
01:37
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
03.
Arie:: Bereite dich, Zion
06:33
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
04.
Rezitativ:: Und sie gebar
00:42
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
05.
Choral:: Ach, mein herzliebes Jesulein!
01:24
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
06.
Rezitativ:: Und es waren Hirten
00:47
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
07.
Rezitativ:: Und der Engel sprach
00:46
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
08.
Arie:: Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet
05:10
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
09.
Rezitativ:: Und das habt zum Zeichen
00:32
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
10.
Arie:: Schlafe, mein Liebster
10:43
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
11.
Rezitativ:: Und da der Engel von ihnen gen Himmel
00:17
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
12.
Chor:: Lasset uns nun gehen gen Bethlehem
01:25
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
13.
Rezitativ:: Und sie kamen eilend und funden beide
01:17
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
14.
Arie:: Schließe, mein Herz
05:52
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
15.
Rezitativ:: Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um
00:31
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
16.
Choral:: Seid froh dieweil
03:10
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
17.
Chor:: Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen
04:39
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band

Disc #2
01.
Chor:: Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben
10:03
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
02.
Rezitativ:: Und da acht Tage um waren
00:38
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
03.
Rezitativ mit Choral Rezitativ:: Wohlan! dein Name
01:48
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
04.
Arie:: Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben
06:55
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
05.
Rezitativ:: Da Jesus geboren war
00:31
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
06.
Chor mit Rezitativ:: Wo ist der neugeborne König
01:45
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
07.
Choral:: Dein Glanz all Finsternis verzehrt
02:53
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
08.
Arie:: Erleucht auch meine finstre Sinnen
07:04
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
09.
Rezitativ:: Da das der König Herodes hörte
00:17
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
10.
Rezitativ:: Warum wollt ihr erschrecken?
00:43
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
11.
Rezitativ:: Und ließ versammlen alle Hohenpriester
01:48
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
12.
Rezitativ:: Da berief Herodes die Weisen Heimlich
00:58
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
13.
Rezitativ:: Du Falscher, suche nur den Herrn zu fällen
00:58
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
14.
Arie:: Nur ein Wink von seinen Händen
05:38
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
15.
Rezitativ:: Als sie nun den König gehöret hatten
01:24
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
16.
Rezitativ:: Und Gott befahl ihnen im Traum
00:25
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
17.
Rezitativ:: So geht! Genug
01:54
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
18.
Rezitativ:: Was will der Höllen Schrecken
00:49
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
19.
Choral:: Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen
05:26
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) The King's Singers, WDR Big Band
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