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Praetorius: Lutheran Mass For Christmas Morning

December 25th, 2009
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. [mp3_embed blog_plyrs="3" mp3highs="360" mp3wids="300" playlistfolder="praetorius" shuffle="no" id="3"] 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.

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  • 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,


    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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!

  • Is this recording still available on your website?

  • Is the recording available now?

  • 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!

  • 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 (didnĀ“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.

  • The Mass is being performed in Toronto On today @3:30 P.M.
    The Toronto Consort
    427 Bloor St. West
    Toronto On M5S 1X7

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