Jonas Kaufmann echoes his own Christmas memories and joys, celebrating the most festive time of the year with a unique selection of beloved songs and carols. The concert was shot at the Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf near Salzburg, the original place where the Christmas carol Silent Night, by Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber, was performed for the first time on December 24th 1818. In addition, festive location shots at the Christmas market in Salzburg.
The concerts includes a rich and personal selection of beloved worldwide favorites songs from age-old Christmas hymns & carols like Adeste Fideles or Silent Night to contemporary holiday classics like Winter Wonderland, White Christmas and Let it Snow, plus some very special alpine Christmas songs with intimate harp accompaniment such as Ihr Kinderlein kommet and Kling, Glöckchen. From contemplative religious worship to the excitement of unwrapping presents around the family tree: the concert is a reflection of Kaufmann’s own memories of the holiday and a celebration of the rich and diverse sounds of this special time of year.
“When I think of Christmas, a lot of memories come back to me,” says Jonas Kaufmann. “Christmas is the festival of pausing, of remembering. It is the festival of joy and lights. And these songs bring back to me happy memories of the joys of the Christmas season, from grateful devotions to exhilarating celebrations with friends and relatives.”