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AUGSBURGER DOMSINGKNABEN: Kommt Ihr G'Spielen
AUGSBURGER DOMSINGKNABEN: Kommt Ihr G'Spielen

AUGSBURGER DOMSINGKNABEN: Kommt Ihr G'Spielen

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The Augsburger Domsingknaben, or Augsburg Cathedral Choirboys, is not the best known among the European children's choirs, but it's one of the oldest, with a documented history stretching back to 1439. It doesn't have the instantly identifiable sound of some of the English groups, but it is well drilled, and the articulation is excellent. The lovely package design on this release is typical. Kommt ihr g'spielen, a collection of material entirely in the German language (although some of it originated elsewhere), offers a good example of the group's skills and inventive approach, although it's less useful for listeners who don't read German. The booklet notes are in German and English, but the song texts are given in German only; the 33 individual numbers are summarized in the notes, but there's not space to do them all justice, and some of the most enjoyable get short shrift. Haydn's late part-song "Die Beredsamkeit" (Talkativeness), for example, is an intriguing item in a program by a cathedral choir, pointing out that "water makes people silent, we can learn that by watching fish, but with wine it's a different story; we learn that at our tables." This said, the Haydn songs are just one part of a delightful and varied all-secular program that constantly shifts and reveals new facets of the choir's talents. An entire program of a cappella Renaissance madrigals like the first five might have been tiresome, but the program shifts gears for some Mozart songs (the "Wiegenlied, K. 350," track 6, is not by Mozart, as is explained in the booklet but not the tracklist), modern children's songs, Romantic part-song classics of the kind that are still underrepresented on concert programs, and folk song settings of several kinds, with occasional accompaniments by a piano or a small group of winds. All the songs are short, rustic, and humorous or romantic, but each one seems to bring something new, and the set is nicely recorded. Recommended for those with German capabilities.

1-1 Kommt Ihr G'spielen
1-2 Galliarde: All Lust Und Freud
1-3 Hollah! Welch Gutes Echo
1-4 Audite Nova Der Bawr Von Eselsskirchen
1-5 In Maienhellen Tagen
1-6 Cradle Song
1-7 Sehnsucht Nach Dem Fruhlinge, KV596
1-8 Lieber Freistadtler, Lieber Gaulimauli, K232
1-9 Die Grossmutige Gelassenheit
1-10 Bruder, Lasst Uns Lustig Sein
1-11 Der Kuckuck Und Der Esel
1-12 Summ, Summ, Summ
1-13 Alle Vogel Sind Schon Da
1-14 Die Beredsamkeit, Hob.XXVc:4
1-15 Die Warnung, Hob.XXVc:6
1-16 Trinklied (Bruder! Unser Erdenwallen), Op. 131, No. 2, D148
1-17 Nachtliches Standchen
1-18 Abschied Vom Wald
1-19 Lerchengesang
1-20 Wenn Ich Ein Voglein War
1-21 Mailied
1-22 Zigeunerleben
1-23 Hochzeitslied Aus Poniki
1-24 Heuerntelied Aus Hiadel
1-25 Tanzlied Aus Medzibrod
1-26 Tanzlied Aus Poniki
1-27 Alleweil Ein Wenig Lustig Zu
1-28 Rosenstock, Holderbluh
1-29 Pappelmaulchen
1-30 Kein Schoner Land in Dieser Zeit
1-31 Ging Ein Weiblein Nusse Schutteln
1-32 Und in Dem Schneegebirge
1-33 Ade Zur Guten Nacht