About the album
Weihnachtslieder / Christmas Songs
PERSONAL NOTES of the artists
Christmas in 2020 was very still, with corona lockdown and a ban on singing. After that sobering experience, we had the idea to arrange traditional Christmas carols for two cellos. We are always surprised to discover that the earliest ones move our emotions because of their purity, their sheer
energy, and their touches of elevated spirituality.
Sounding like the human voice, the cello’s sonority creates a space for our individual emotions. It lets us encounter these time-honored songs that are sung in the family or at church, often under difficult circumstances when humanity is under threat. Vincent Themba’s congenial, well-suited, inspiring accompaniments on guitar, djembe, and double bass support and enrich our arrangements.
While we were preparing this CD, we realized that we were actually prolonging the legacy and work of our two respective fathers, Joseph Alfred Schlichtig and Hans Heinemann. When we were young, it was they who made it possible for us all to play Christmas music at church and in our families at home. We remember them with utter gratitude.
11Macht hoch die Tür
12Es kommt ein Schiff geladen
13Als ich bei meinen Schafen wachte
14Maria durch ein‘ Dornwald ging
16Vom Himmel hoch
18Go Tell it
19Es wird scho glei dumpa
110Ein Kind geborn
111Ich steh‘ an deiner Krippen
112Zu Bethlehem geboren
113Kommet ihr Hirten
114El Cant dells ocell
116Cantique de Noël
117Marche des Rois