Verbum caro factum est: A Christmas Greeting (SACD)

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Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki have sung of the wonders of Christmas a number of times, in Bach’s cantatas and Christmas Oratorio as well as in Handel’s Messiah. Here, instead, we hear the choir a cappella in a selection of classic Christmas carols. Masato Suzuki, son of the ensemble’s founder and director, has selected some of the best-loved songs of Christmas, such as Adeste fideles and Silent Night, as well as less familiar hymns, arranging them especially for these singers. A consummate organist, he also performs a number of Louis-Claude Daquin’s noels variés - keyboard variations on Christmas songs which became a highly popular genre in 18th-century France.

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Arrangements by Masato Suzuki of...

  • Verbum caro factum est
  • Let all mortal flesh keep silence
  • Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier
  • Silent Night
  • In dulci jubilo
  • The First Noel
  • Hark! The herald angels sing
  • Adeste fideles
  • Three Carols
  • O Jesulein süß! O Jesulein mild!
  • Veni, veni, Emmanuel

Interspersed with seven Noëls for organ solo by Louis-Claude Daquin, from Nouveau livre de Noëls pour l’orgue et le clavecin (1757)