Christmas in the Erzgebirge region is one of Saxony's most treasured traditions. Its unique celebrations include numerous customs focusing on music. The Renaissance town of Marienberg is at the very heart of the historic Erzgebirge: It forms the setting for a concert of classical and seasonal works with Germany's prestigious Sächsische Bläserphilharmonie; an exquisite ensemble of wind instruments, pairing up with Germany's leading youth choir, the Rundfunk-Jugendchor Wernigerode, as well as prominent soprano Ruth Ziesak.
Christmas toccata / Wolfgang Schumann -- Gloria in excelsis Deo / traditional -- Arrival of the Queen of Sheba ; Let the bright Seraphim ; Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion / Georg Friedrich Handel -- From Heaven above to Earth I come / Elsa's procession to the cathedral / Richard Wagner -- Blest Mary wanders through the thorn / The nutcracker (excerpts) / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky -- Christmas/In Advent / Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy -- Lo, how a rose e'er blooming / For He shall give His angels charge / Let us listen, blessed angels / Snow falls softly at night / Eduard Ebel -- Sweeter the bells never sound / St Petersburg sleigh ride / Richard Eilenberg -- Festive cheer / Roger Harvey -- Adeste fideles / John Francis Wade -- Evening prayer / Engelbert Humperdinck -- A thousand stars are a cathedral / Siegfried Köhler -- Silent night, holy night / Franz Gruber -- Oh, how joyfully / traditional
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