Berlin Philharmonic Brass: Music for the Joyous Season - DG 2536 394
Jacket NM / LP NM / German pressing
This lovely LP from Deutsche Grammophon (2536 394, German pressing, white circle label, stereo, insert included) entitled “Music for the Joyous Season” features the Berlin Philharmonic Brass in a festive album of works that, if not inspired by Christmas, certainly ring though with a joy and sonorous peal completely appropriate to the holiday.
The exact contents are as follows, with timings shown in parenthesis:
Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzone for 8 Parts (2’40)
Andreas Raselius: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (1’00)
Hans Leo Hassler: Inraden Nos. V, IX & Gagliarda (4’15)
“Kommet, ihr Hirten” (Old Bohemian Folk Melody) (2’10)
Johann Pezel: Five-part Brass Music (6’10)
Christoph Demantius: Echo Responsum from Convivalium concentuum Farrago (6’00)
“Still, weil’s Kindlein shlafen will” (Folk Melody from Salzburg) (1’00)
Franz Gruber: Silent Night, Holy Night (3’00)
“Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” (16th Century Folk Melody from Cologne) (0’43)
Johann Eccard: Joseph, lieber Joseph mein / Resonet in laudibus (1’50)
Johann Eccard: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (0’40)
Cesario Gussago: La Porcellaga (Sonata) (2’30)
Samuel Scheidt: In dolce jubilo, No. 15 from Cantiones Sacrae (3’30)
Ludovico Grossi da Viadana: La Bergamasca (Sinfonia) (4’10)
Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzon septimi toni a 8, No. 2 from Sacrae Symphoniae (3’37)
Or’in Dio Bartolino: Canzon trigesima a 8 (2’30)
The Berlin Philharmonic Brass are comprised of:
Konradin Groth, trumpet
Martin Kretzer, trumpet
Horst Eichler, trumpet
Georg Hilser, trumpet
Johann Doms, trombone
Karl-Heinz Duse-Utesch, trombone
Siegfried Cieslik, trombone
Heinz-Dieter Schwarz, trombone
Recorded circa 1976, this album was produced by Günther Breest; the recording supervisor was Wolfgang Stengel, and the balance engineer Heinz Wildhagen. Included is a full-size insert with extensive notes by Uwe Kraemer, provided in English, German, and French.
incidentally,the remarkable cover art reproduces “Nach Einem Gemalde” by Maria de Posz.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is near-MINT. There are some minor instances of creasing, but that is all; otherwise, the album appears almost as new – a truly fine collector’s copy.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT and playback is superb – overall, this is a lovely collector's copy.