The Wittenberg Trail

You never know what's out there till you look. I'm going to root around on YouTube and find every instance of Lutheran hymns I can and link to them with my personal comments. You can do that too, right here. I might trash your favorite hymn, so you better keep an eye on me.

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I've run into a group of hymns sung in German under klassische Kirchenlieder. The link above is for Paul Gerhard's O Haup voll Blut und Wunden. I hear Chinese flutes in the accompaniment. The text to the verses are included so one may sing along with the lovely fraulein.

Of course Bach's chorale harmonization for the St. Matthew's Passion of O Haup voll Blut und Wunden is an abiding favorite of mine since my youth.
Ah, here is our great Easter Chorale, Christ lag in Todesbanden.

A recording of Bach's setting with the German text and a Russian translation:

Bach's chorale prelude (organ):

A German church choir in Marienhain:

Version on electric quitar: Humm, I rather like it. If this is what they mean by contemporary worship, I could probably stomach 3 to 5 minutes of it, once or twice a month.

Now, I would love to find a congregation singing Christ lag or Christ lay in death's strong bonds during a crowded Easter morning service. 5 attaboys or attagirls to the first one to come up with it.
Klassische Kirchenlieder. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott.

The female voice is simple and effective.
Klassische Kirchenlieder. Georg Weissel, Macht hoch die Tur.
Thanks for this topic. You're all invited to join our group Lutheran Record Club and post reviews of recordings that feature hymns and other music of interest to those on the Wittenberg Trail. So far, we have reviewed CDs by Concordia Publishing House, guitarist Fred Baue, the Concordia Seminary Chorus, singer-songwriter Dan Suelzle, trumpeter Timothy Moke, and composer John Leavitt.
Oooh, I like the Fulara Well Tempered Clavier on the double necked. Very nice sound. Thanks for the link.
Here is a Reformationtag service in the Wittenberg Schlosskirche. The congregation is singing Ein feste Burg at the grave of Luther.
Another very nice sound from electric quitar. Two chorales from Bach's Johannespassion. Be sure to read "About the video" section. The artist has included all the texts and the info on the hymn tune and hymn text sources (Schein, Gerhardt, etc.). Very good.
How about some Christmas singing. Have you ever heard the Kreuzchor of Dresden. They came once to New Orleans and I went to a concert. I have several recordings. YouTube has a few pieces. Here are two from Christmas at Holy Cross Church in Dresden. The Choir is the liturgical choir for that church and has been for the past 800 years, even surviving the Communists. The first is 3 stanzas of Silent Night (solo, congregation, and choir). The second is a lulaby for the baby Jesus in his manger, but I don't know what it is. I visited this church in fall of 2005. It has not been restored since WWII, but has been stabilized with quick-crete. It's basically a huge hollow shell still with bits of broken stone art work here and there. And of course there must be a Quem pastoris.
More Christmas music. Those pesky Franconians have complained about a perceived Sachenlust on this forum. Well, we can put that to rest with a quick link to the Windsbacher Knabenchor. Est ist ein Ros and Aiy yai yai yai. But, did I notice those tacky Mittel-Franken clapping after each selection? I sure hope this isn't the Christmas service. Still, it's just like being at St. Lorenz in Frankenmuth for Christmas, isn't it? Uh, without the clapping.
"organpipe8" on YouTube has a large number of hymns - 238 of them. He is a retired Episcopal Church Organist. I listened to Finlandia (Be Still My Soul). While his hymns are not exclusively "Lutheran", many of them are in our hymnal (LCMS)
Here is the link to his channel on YouTube:
For reference -- This is the home page for St. Lorenz:
It seems a bit new and still in development. There is a music section under ministries. All you LCMS Michiganders know wut I'm talking about. Someone in Michigan should get some excellent YouTubes up of this congregation singing Lutheran chorale hymns accompanied by the music resources available here. I am sure someone at St. Lorenz filmed the Christmas service last December. Put some up on WT or YouTube. Share with your buds on WT.

Und hier ist d' heimblatt fur d' mutter kirche, d' Lorenzkirche in Nurnberg: This church claims both Hans Leo Hassler and Johann Pachelbel as former Kantors, both of whom did great things with Lutheran hymns.

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