Audio: Lutheran Mass For Christmas Morning – Michael Praetorius
As promised, here is a complete performance of Michael Praetorius‘ (1571-1620) Lutheran Christmas Mass. It is not a live recording, but rather a recreation of the service as it might have been on Christmas morning in 1620 about 80km southeast of Hannover. The performers are the Gabrieli Consort and Players with the and the Roskilde Cathedral Boys Choir conducted by Paul McCreesh.
There are several tracks that feature congregational singing, although just like Songs of Praise or other BBC-recorded services, the quality of singing seems astonishingly high when compared to those in any of the four countries in which Miss Mussel has attended church.
Lots more on Praetorius to come in 2009. He’s quite the character. Until then…enjoy!