Ludwig Guttler – Sächsische Weihnacht (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:12:20 minutes | 690 MB | Genre: Classical
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For his new album, Ludwig Güttler has compiled what he considers to be the most beautiful and contemplative Christmas carols. Although a musical Christmas as we know it – with full churches and making music together – will be difficult this year, Güttler’s music brings us together in a different, very intimate way. The great trumpeter gives hope for better times and reminisces about Christmas in his homeland, the Erzgebirge.

“Christmas in the Erzgebirge is very special. Due to the mining tradition it is a festival of light. If you imagine how a miner gets up very early – it is still dark – centuries ago, attends the morning service, then goes down the shaft and comes home from work when it is already dark, then, like this worker, you develop a longing for the light. Today it is hard to understand why we use electric light to illuminate everything around us – and too often we overshoot the mark when we think of the global problem of light pollution. I associate the Christmas of my childhood with a shining reality and thoughts like: What do I give to whom? And more than that, what do I get? When I was five, my grandmother gave me an accordion. A treasure, packed in a simple cardboard box. In terms of my nature and my continued practice on the instrument, its contents were the most lasting gift I have ever received.”

The album “Sächsische Weihnacht” contains 36 tracks and two encores, which have been carefully collected from Güttler’s concert program in recent years. All previously unpublished material of the great trumpeter, which was recorded together with his brass ensemble in various churches in Saxony, including the Frauenkirche in Dresden, the Marienkirche in Pirna and the church in Polditz. The music gives listeners a feeling of being at home; and they are put into a concert situation that lets you look back on the Christmas celebrations of childhood. Due to the high radiance of the brass instruments, one is additionally filled with a glow that should accompany us all not only on the holidays, but throughout the year.

A Christmas without music is unthinkable for Ludwig Güttler, especially in such unusual times. With this album he wants to give all listeners the opportunity to spend Christmas as contemplatively as possible.

Tracklist

01. Ludwig Guttler – Intrada in E-Flat Major for two Brass Choirs and Timpanis
02. Ludwig Guttler – Five Variations on “Daughter Zion”: Variation I
03. Ludwig Guttler – Five Variations on “Daughter Zion”: Variation II
04. Ludwig Guttler – Five Variations on “Daughter Zion”: Variation III
05. Ludwig Guttler – Five Variations on “Daughter Zion”: Variation IV
06. Ludwig Guttler – Five Variations on “Daughter Zion”: Variation V
07. Ludwig Guttler – Allemanda for two Brass Choirs
08. Ludwig Guttler – Choral for Brass Choir in four Parts: “Wie soll ich dich Empfangen”
09. Ludwig Guttler – Concerto in C Major from BWV 1051/230: I. Allegro
10. Ludwig Guttler – Concerto in C Major from BWV 1051/230: II. Choral
11. Ludwig Guttler – Concerto in C Major from BWV 1051/230: III. Fuga
12. Ludwig Guttler – Allemande and Courante for two Timpanis
13. Ludwig Guttler – Motet for Brass in nine Parts: Jubilate Domino
14. Ludwig Guttler – Suite in C Major for two Brass Choirs and Timpanis: II. Allemande
15. Ludwig Guttler – Suite in C Major for two Brass Choirs and Timpanis: III. Bourée
16. Ludwig Guttler – Suite in C Major for two Brass Choirs and Timpanis: IV. Sarabande
17. Ludwig Guttler – Suite in C Major for two Brass Choirs and Timpanis: V. Allemande
18. Ludwig Guttler – Partita on “Es ist ein Ros’ Entsprungen”: Sinfonia
19. Ludwig Guttler – Partita on “Es ist ein Ros’ Entsprungen”: Choral
20. Ludwig Guttler – Partita on “Es ist ein Ros’ Entsprungen”: Kanon
21. Ludwig Guttler – Partita on “Es ist ein Ros’ Entsprungen”: Paduane
22. Ludwig Guttler – “Uns ist geborn” for Brass Choirs in five Parts
23. Ludwig Guttler – “Joseph, lieber Joseph mein” for three Trumpets and Bass Tuba
24. Ludwig Guttler – Postludium
25. Ludwig Guttler – Canzon No. 30 for two Brass Choirs and Timpanis
26. Ludwig Guttler – “Den die Hirten lobeten sehre” Quempas for four Brass Choirs
27. Ludwig Guttler – “Kommet ihr Hirten” for four Brass Choirs and Timpanis
28. Ludwig Guttler – Seven Madrigals on Negro Sprituals, Op. 58b: Gwine Up
29. Ludwig Guttler – Seven Madrigals on Negro Sprituals, Op. 58b: Mary an’ Martha jes’ Gone’long
30. Ludwig Guttler – Seven Madrigals on Negro Sprituals, Op. 58b: I’m troubled in Mind
31. Ludwig Guttler – Canzon No. 31 for two Brass Choirs “in Echo”
32. Ludwig Guttler – Partita on “Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich Her”: Canzona in five parts for Brass and Timpani
33. Ludwig Guttler – Partita on “Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich Her”: Choral Setting for Brass
34. Ludwig Guttler – Partita on “Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich Her”: Choral in five parts for Brass Choir
35. Ludwig Guttler – Partita on “Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich Her”: Choral Setting for Trumpet, French Horn and Trombone from “Musae Sioniae”
36. Ludwig Guttler – Partita on “Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich Her”: Choral Canzon for two Brass Choirs and Timpanis from “Musae Sioniae – Part 9”
37. Ludwig Guttler – The Prince of Denmark’s March
38. Ludwig Guttler – Christus ist Geboren

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