GOTTFRIED AUGUST HOMILIUS (1714-1785): Die Freude der Hirten über die Geburt Jesu, CHRISTIAN AUGUST JACOBI (1688-after 1725): Der Himmel steht uns wieder offen.
Catalogue Number: 04K038
Description: Recorded live in the Frauenkirche in Dresden, this first recording of a 1777 Christmas cantata by Homilius reveals a heart-felt work of humble, pastoral simplicity although the scoring (Homilius repeats his variants only once in its ten numbers which last some 42 minutes) makes use of a large instrumental ensemble and its colors will delight as much as the attractive melodies. Jacobi's shorter Christmas cantata is notable for its late baroque expressivity, just recitative and aria with one tiny chorus. German-English texts. Chrsiane Kohl (soprano), Annette Markert (alto), Marcus Ullmann (tenor), Tobias Berndt (bass), Sächsisches Vocalensemble, Virtuosi Saxoniae; Ludwig Güttler.