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Berlin Philharmonic Brass: Music for the Joyous Season - DG 2536 394

$7.00 USD

Philips (LP)

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:

Side 1

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)

Side 2

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.



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