Apollo's Fire & Jeanette Sorrell - Christmas Vespers: The Music of Michael Praetorius (2015)
Title: Christmas Vespers: The Music of Michael Praetorius
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Avie Records
Total Time: 74:40
Total Size: 374 MB
WebSite: Album Preview
Music for the people could have been the motto for 17th-century German composer Michael Praetorius. He adhered to the ideals of Protestant pioneer Martin Luther - of whom his father was a disciple - that music, like religion, should be open and free to all. Praetorius was an extraordinarily versatile composer and, along with J. S. Bach, was one of the greatest composers of Protestant church music in Germany. With his music, he strived to bring together people of all walks of life - professional singers, congregations, villagers and children alike - an aim mirrored in the present day's BBC program "The Choir".
Like the Vespers settings in the 17th century - most notably the Vespers of 1610 by Monteverdi, who inspired Praetorius - this Christmas Vespers is an assemblage of works by Praetorius that Apollo's Fire's founder/director Jeanette Sorrell has compiled. It highlights his virtuosic vocal and instrumental writing and includes as interludes his popular carol settings, O Morning Star and Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming.
Personnel: Apollo's Fire, Jeannette Sorrell (director)
Critical acclaim for Apollo's Fire:
"A lithe, spirited band." - Gramophone
"Exhilirating вЂ¦ swaggering." - The Sunday Times
"They perform with ardor and a scintillating zest." - Audio Video Club of Atlanta
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