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 five countries in which Miss Mussel has attended church.

1 comment

  1. philip

    It would be lovely to hear this, but the link doesn’t show itself. All I have is a large black rectangle in the middle of the post. Ah well, never mind — there’s a cd of Praetorius’ music for Christmas in the Naxos Music Library. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you.

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