Weihnacht Der Spielleyt (a Minstrel Christmas)
Spielleyt - early music Freiburg
Composed by: "Außerlesene, uhralte und neue Gesänge" aus dem Straßburger Gesangbuch (1697) (Selected hymns, old and new from the Straßburger Gesangbuch)
The Freiburger Spielleyt have chosen for its present CD a series of Christmas carols from the Straßburger Gesangbuch collection of 1697, and this appears at first to be a surprisingly "modern" decision for an ensemble, whose focus has otherwise been on the music of the late Middle Ages. But as is noted in the foreword to the Straßburger Gesangbuch the selection had already been made from "außerlesenen, uhralten und ... neuen Gesängen" (selected hymns, old and ... new). "Uhralt" means that the melodies of a few hymns can trace their origin back to the Middle Ages. Nevertheless, all the carols from the edition of 1697 are performed in the style of the time with generalbass.