Friday, December 27, 2019

Vienna Calling

Time for yet another installment of Capitol Of The World's Christmas around the world.  This time it's from Austria, and a recording from a group that would go on to become stalwarts of the Christmas landscape.  Everyone nowadays has heard of the Vienna Boys Choir, but on this record, that name is in parentheses, and they go by their local name, Wiener Sängerknaben.  This is in my experience one of the easier to find entries of the series, so I almost didn't bring it to you, but I happened to stumble across both this album and a later re-issue at the same time, so I figured why not. I'm not sure my pressing is original, as it has the rainbow swirl label that was used around the time of The Beatles. I suspect an original would have a bluish-purple label, but this will have to do for the time being. But enough blather, you don't care about pressing and re-issues, you just want to hear some Christmas music. This is Wiener Sängerknaben (The Vienna Boys Choir), Directed By Xaver Meyer, Organ By Alois Forer-Christmas In Austria (Capitol T10164, Mono, 1958). The re-issue cover I mentioned is in the download and you can see it down at the bottom of this post. Not sure why they thought this was an improvement.

1. O Tannenbaum (The Christmas Tree)
2. Es Ist Ein Ros' Entsprungen (A Rose Sprang Forth)
3. Glocken Des Stiftes St. Florian (Bells Of St. Florian)-This one is actually performed by The Famous Chimes Of Vienna's St. Florian Church, but you'd figure that out when you listen to it.
4. O Du Fröhliche, O Du Selige (Joyful Yuletide)
5. O Jesulein Süss (Sweet Little Jesus)
6. Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night, Holy Night)
7. Ihr Kinderlein Kommet (Come Little Children)
8. Es Wird Schon Glei Dumpa (Soon It Will Knock)
9. Kommet Ihr Hirten (Come You Shepherds)
10. Still, Still (Quiet, Quiet)
11. Es Hat Sich Halt Eröffnet (It Became Wide Open)
12. Adeste Fideles



Buster said...

Oh, but I do care about pressings and reissues. I think the rainbow labels did show up in about 1959, so your pressing may not be a reissue. That later-era reissue cover isn't very good, is it?

JustaJeepGuy said...

Regarding the re-issue cover: sometimes I wish the '60s had never happened.

humanebean said...

Thanks, Ernie! I love the international Xmas music, and have several entries but not this treat from Austria. Danke!