Holy Night - Heilige Nacht Ensemble Vokalzeit & Philip Mayers
- Adolphe Adam (1803-1856)
- 1O Holy Night03:54
- 2Coventry Carol03:28
- 3What Child is This02:26
- Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)
- 4Leise wehts durch alle Lande02:44
- 5Es strahlt am Himmelsrande01:56
- 6Nun sind die lieben Engelein01:36
- 7Engel haben Himmelslieder02:33
- 8Was soll das bedeuten01:49
- Peter Cornelius (1824–1874)
- 9Weihnachtslieder, Op. 8: No. 1, Wie schon geschmuckt der festliche Raum01:42
- 10Weihnachtslieder, Op. 8: No. 6, Das einst ein Kind auf Erden war01:58
- 11Maria durch ein Dornwald ging01:32
- 12Still, still, still01:29
- Wilhelm Berger (1861-1911)
- 13Weihnachtslied, Op. 52: No. 4, Vom Himmel in die tiefsten Klufte03:03
- 14In dulci jubilo02:23
- Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
- 15Es ist ein Ros entsprungen02:11
- Arnold Mendelssohn (1855-1933)
- 16Markt und Strassen stehn verlassen03:42
- Mel Torme (1925-1999) & Robert Wells (1962)
- 17Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire02:08
- Jule Styne (1905-1994)
- 18Let it Snow01:47
- Irving Berlin (1888-1989)
- 19Im Dreaming of a White Christmas03:21
- Hugh Martin (1914-2011) & Ralph Blane (1914-1995)
- 20Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas03:48
- Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863)
- 21Stille Nacht05:00
Info for Holy Night - Heilige Nacht
Christmas is the story of a magnificent transformation. The religious festival has its origins in natural religions, was then adopted and annexed into Christianity, has now long been secularized and is also celebrated beyond religious borders as a cultural, commercial and social event. Music can never be absent from this continually expanding season, spanning all genres from ancient chorales, folksongs from different epochs, folkloristic songs, classical lieder, musicals to large-scale oratorios and even the operatic stage is not spared a touch of Christmas. Vocal music comes very much to the foreground and in turn maintaining an active exchange with literature, its genres, trends and fashions. Musical and literary arts share the interesting fact that their works focused on Christmas are not merely rooted in local and regional traditions, but also extend to different layers of the historical metamorphosis of the festival – nature, religion and social life – while still retaining vibrancy. An extract from this polyphony of tradition and atmosphere can be heard at the beginning of the new Vokalzeit CD, naturally against an international horizon.
Holger Marks, tenor
Markus Schuck, tenor
Michael Timm, bass
Oliver Gawlik, bass
Philip Mayers, piano
It was on October 23, 2001, and very fittingly in the Christening and Marriage Chapel of the Berlin Cathedral, that four members of the city’s prestigious Radio Choir baptized their own vocal quartet.
The occasion was the 200th birthday of German singer and composer Albert Lortzing – and in honour of his memory the four vowed to pursue their love of vocal chamber music in its many forms, taking their inspiration from the Romantic period, the Berlin musical and German folk song traditions.
The four also share a love of evergreens and chansons and the music and style of the Comedian Harmonists – all of which they delight in infusing with their own personal interpretations, be it through lyrics or the musical arrangements.
As a result they’ve been called upon repeatedly to perform for German Presidents Johannes Rau and Horst Köhler at Berlin’s Charlottenburg and Bellevue Palaces – and on less formal terms - Vokalzeit sing their hearts out wherever they can get a foot in the door – in Berlin and beyond.
This playfulness led to the development of their Classical Parodies which bring text and unexpected meaning to traditionally instrumental pieces – most often tongue-in-cheek. Thus Vokalzeit has established itself as a leading act in the German capital, moving between genres with ease and great imagination.
The quartet loves to seek out unlikely or little known stories and curiosities and tell them in unorthodox ways – a favourite is how Beethoven’s fifth symphony helped pave the way for the invention of the clothes pin. Vokalzeit sings of the stuff of life, of great men and beautiful women, of insects with personality and bathing expeditions, and all this with one goal in mind: exceptional entertainment through exceptional performance.