Praetorius: Lutheran Mass For Christmas Morning

tree Happy Christmas from the OM!
Here is the most glorious of Christmas pieces: Michael Praetorius’ Lutheran Mass For Christmas Morning performed by Paul McCreesh’s impeccable Gabrieli Consort.

If you wish to add this recording to your collection (and Miss Mussel can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t) the disc is available on Archiv here.


  1. Louis

    Absolutely gorgeous.
    Thanks for making the full recording available for me to listen to rather than the usual 20 second excerpt.I shall be adding the CD to my collection.

    A happy New Year to you,


    • Miss Mussel

      My pleasure! Most of my friends are peddling the Christmas Oratorio as the best seasonal music but I remain firm in my convictions. I have no plans to take this recording down, so please visit as much as you like.

  2. Tom

    Mussel, you’re a brick! I only knew a few of the pieces from this mass. To have the whole thing in such a beautiful recording is simply wonderful.

  3. Werner

    I was doing the washing up on Christmas Eve 2009, late in the evening, with BBC Radio 3 on in the background. The programme was a repeat of a BBC Proms broadcast, plus at the end, this wonderful recording. I wasn’t paying much attention to the broadcast, until the Christmas mass started. It sounded wonderfully Christmassy but on several occaisions, I just had to stop what I was doing and go to the radio to pay full attention to the music.

    I wasn’t paying attention at the start of the programme, so I didn’t know what the music was. Luckily, the BBC website provided the information. I’ve tried to buy the record on Amazon UK but it has been deleted – why? In looking for other suppliers for the CD, I found your site. It would be wonderful if there was a live performance of this music, at any time of the year.

    • Miss Mussel

      Lovely to hear from you. I doubt there would ever be a live performance of this anywhere outside of Germany and even then it is unlikely.

      The record is Paul McCreesh and I believe the label is Arkiv. If you haven’t found a recording yet, try

      All the best!

  4. Ben

    I used to own this cd and lost it :(
    I would love to hear the mass again but cannot see how the link works – I get text
    mp3_embed blog_plyrs=”3″ mp3highs=”360″ mp3wids=”300″ playlistfolder=”praetorius” shuffle=”no” id=”3″
    where it might be and the link that says audio takes me to another page
    Sorry if I am being blind!

  5. Mikkel

    Well, 19 years after this record was recorded, i still find it very relaxing.
    I was actually one of the boys in the choir at the time (didn´t sing solo on this).
    But i remember it, it was many months of hard work and the recording itself was a blast.
    Great memories from this.

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