When, shortly before Christmas, more than 25,000 people flock to the stadium for the big Advent concert and hundreds of thousands of TV viewers take their seats in their living rooms, then for many Dresdeners the Christmas season really begins. What began in 2015 as part of the celebrations for the anniversary of the world-famous Dresdner Kreuzchor has now become one of the largest and most beautiful Christmas events in Germany: flanked by stars from the international music world, one of the best boys' choirs in the world presents the most famous Christmas melodies in classical and modern arrangements. Just in time for Christmas 2020 the new studio album is finally available.
The new album captures the unique atmosphere of this special event on double CD and brings it into your living room. At its centre is the eight-century old Dresdner Kreuzchor under the direction of Roderich Kreile. He is accompanied by the Cross Bell Orchestra, which was founded especially for this purpose: renowned band and studio musicians from all over Germany, who, under the direction of Peter Christian Feigel, are also the perfect musical partners for the Crucians for the studio album. Sensitively and with great joy of playing and singing, they bring the sophisticated arrangements of the Christmas classics to life.
The album features old acquaintances of the Advent concert as well as new musical partners of the Kreuzchor: In a duet with the choir, rock legend Peter Maffay enchants with his Tabaluga hit "Nessaja - Ich wollte nie erwachsen sein", while Finnish star soprano Camilla Nylund and the Crucians bring the atmosphere of Scandinavian Christmas to Germany. Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt is at home on all stages of the world and with "O holy Night" and "Adeste fidelis" also a guest on the album. Sabrina Weckerlin sets musical and soul accents, adding another facet to the special genre mix. The same goes for Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth and her very own Christmas sound. The Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke, read by Samuel Koch, completes the new studio album.
The creation also makes it clear that this album is something special: under strict hygiene conditions, the recording had to be split up like a pop music production - from the band to the individual vocal groups to the soloists - which represented a whole new challenge, especially for the Crucians, which they mastered brilliantly. Through the commitment of all participants, an album is created despite all adversities, which brings a piece of normality into an extraordinary Christmas.