Matthias Spindler (MSp) acted as music engraver and assistant of the conductor at recording sessions with Jonas Kaufmann and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg under the direction of Jochen Rieder. The sessions took place in December 2019 at Orchesterhaus Salzburg in Salzburg. Prior to the sessions MSp commissioned the arrangers Chris Hazell, Thomas Höhl, Wieland Reissmann, Jochen Rieder, Jarkko Riihimäki and Andreas Tarkmann, looked after any further arrangements, and was also responsible for the music preparation of the entire performance material.

Matthias Spindler worked in the same function at recording sessions with Jonas Kaufmann and the Cologne Studio Big Band, conducted by Wieland Reissmann. The recording sessions took place in July 2020 at Hansahaus-Studio in Bonn. For this purpose MSp edited along with Klaus Dierolf the orchestra material arranged by Wieland Reissmann.

Jonas Kaufmann – It’s Christmas!

Composers: Adolphe Adam · Josef Annegarn · Anonymous · Johann Sebastian Bach after Martin Luther · Irving Berlin · Felix Bernard · Mariah Carey & Walter Afanasieff · Franz Xaver Gruber · George Frideric Handel · Carl Gottlieb Hering · Gustav Holst · Emmy Köhler · Martin Luther · Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane · Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy · James Lord Pierpont · Michael Praetorius · Christoph von Schmid · Friedrich Silcher · Jule Styne · Mel Tormé & Robert Wells · John Francis Wade · Pietro A. Yon
Arrangers: Chris Hazell · Lee Holdridge · Thomas Höhl · Wieland Reissmann · Jochen Rieder · Jarkko Riihimäki · William Ryden · George Siravo · Matthias Spindler · Andreas N. Tarkmann · Ralph Vaughan Williams & Ralph Greaves · Frank De Vol · Mack Wilberg
Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann
Choirs: St. Florianer Sängerknaben (Chorus Master: Franz Farnberger) · Bachchor Salzburg (Chorus Master: Alois Glaßner)
Orchestra: Mozarteumorchester Salzburg
Conductor: Jochen Rieder
Harp: Florian Pedarnig
Solo Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Till Brönner
Big Band: Cologne Studio Big Band:
Flute: Heiner Wiberny
Alto Sax: Heiner Wiberny · Pascal Bartoszak
Tenor Sax: Frank Jacobi · Lennart Allkemper
Baritone Sax: Marcus Bartelt
Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Wim Both · Rüdiger Baldauf · Lorenzo Ludemann · Max Seibert
Trombone: Ludwig Nuss · Tim Hepburn · Jonathan Nuss · Wolf Schenk
French Horn: Suren Babayan · Christopher Brigham
Vibraphone, Glockenspiel & Cymbal: Matthias Strucken
Harp: Esther Peristerakis
Jazz Guitar: Karl Schloz
Piano: Billy Test
Bass: John Goldsby
Drum Set, Sleigh Bells & Tambourine: Hans Dekker
Violin: Naomi Binder · Natalie Bolinski · Vali Vasile Darnea · Marie-Luise Hartmann · Carola Julia Jech · Constanze Kerstan · Francesca Reyter · Maria Suwelack
Viola: Valentin Alexandru · Naomi Binder · Marie-Luise Hartmann · Francesca Reyter
Violoncello: Carla Romera Bach · Lilian Mann · Marnix Möhring · Astrid Nägele
Conductor: Wieland Reissmann

2020 Sony Classical
2CD |D|D|D| 94397 86822 7 (Limited Deluxe Edition)
2CD |D|D|D| 94397 86762 6 (Standard Edition)
Int. Release Date: 11/2020
N.B.: A&R Consultant · Associate Producer · Team Player (Arranger · Music Engraver · Music Preparation) · Music Publisher
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