Sunday, April 25, 2010


Hermann Prey was one of my all-time favorite baritones--a voice I would dearly love to have! His performances in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus are treasured in my memory.

Here he sings (along with the Vienna Boys' Choir) a German Christmas carol, Tochter Zion, freue dich. The title is translated "Rejoice, Daughter Zion" (based on Zechariah 9:9). It depicts the coming of the messianic king, and so has long been applied to Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is also set by Handel in Part I of Messiah. And so here is a series of connections with my last post.

Below, the carol is sung with a melody familiar to those who listened to my last post's music. Enjoy the bonus++!

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