For his new CD, Ludwig Güttler has compiled what he considers to be the most beautiful and contemplative Christmas carols. Although a musical Christmas as we know it - with full churches and making music together - will be difficult this year, Güttler's music brings us together in a different, very intimate way. The great trumpeter gives hope for better times and reminisces about Christmas in his homeland, the Erzgebirge.
"Christmas in the Erzgebirge is very special. Due to the mining tradition it is a festival of light. If you imagine how a miner gets up very early - it is still dark - centuries ago, attends the morning service, then goes down the shaft and comes home from work when it is already dark, then, like this worker, you develop a longing for the light. Today it is hard to understand why we use electric light to illuminate everything around us - and too often we overshoot the mark when we think of the global problem of light pollution. I associate the Christmas of my childhood with a shining reality and thoughts like: What do I give to whom? And more than that, what do I get? When I was five, my grandmother gave me an accordion. A treasure, packed in a simple cardboard box. In terms of my nature and my continued practice on the instrument, its contents were the most lasting gift I have ever received."
The CD "Sächsische Weihnacht" contains 36 tracks and two encores, which have been carefully collected from Güttler's concert program in recent years. All previously unpublished material of the great trumpeter, which was recorded together with his brass ensemble in various churches in Saxony, including the Frauenkirche in Dresden, the Marienkirche in Pirna and the church in Polditz. The music gives listeners a feeling of being at home; and they are put into a concert situation that lets you look back on the Christmas celebrations of childhood. Due to the high radiance of the brass instruments, one is additionally filled with a glow that should accompany us all not only on the holidays, but throughout the year.
A Christmas without music is unthinkable for Ludwig Güttler, especially in such unusual times. With this album he wants to give all listeners the opportunity to spend Christmas as contemplatively as possible.