Musical Advent Calendar
Many children dream of opening a few doors at the same time before the day of Advent. Baritone Dietrich Henschel and the ensemble unitedberlin under Vladimir Jurowski are realising this dream for themselves and the audience at the Konzerthaus Berlin on 7 December. With the world premiere of twelve short Christmas compositions written by composers from different cultures, the musicians will simultaneously present their joint CD.
This double album, released by the label FARAO classics in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk Kultur, could be seen as an Advent calendar with its 24 pieces: The part X-Mas Contemporary with the twelve new compositions by Karim Al-Zand, Detlev Glanert, Vannessa Lann, Jobst Liebrecht, Jamie Man, Matan Porat, Olga Rayeva, Michèle Reverdy, José-Maria Sanchez-Verdú, Annette Schlünz, Manfred Trojahn and Arno Waschk is accompanied by the second part - X-Mas Percussive by Dietrich Henschel and Simone Rubino. This duo interpreted twelve traditional Christmas songs in a completely new way - in their own arrangements with celesta, piano and, above all, a vast selection of percussion instruments. Marimba, Thai gongs, Japanese drums, ocean drums, cowbells, bicycle bells, axe and saw as well as stones and shells, among other things, create completely new Christmas sounds.
X-Mas Contemporary can be experienced live for a second time on 17 December in the Tonhalle Düsseldorf.
Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
X-Mas Contemporary / X-Mas Percussive
Dietrich Henschel, Bariton; Simone Rubino, Percussion
ensemble unitedberlin, Leitung: Vladimir Jurowski
FARAO classics, Bestellnummer B 108106, EAN 4025438081069