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Vladimir Sterzer: Christmas in minor - Weihnachten in Moll

After my first listen to Vladimir Sterzer's Christmas in Minor - Weihnachten in Moll, about all I thought was that the songs were really short (the 16 songs clock in at just under 19 minutes) and that the album may not have been worth posting about.  During my second listen, things clicked when "Santa's Coming Tomorrow" came on and I started thinking that it sounded like "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" done in a minor key - at that point, the full meaning of the "minor" in the title hit me like a ton of bricks and the entire album suddenly became much more interesting.  Yes, this is a collection of German Christmas carols arranged in a minor key!  I don't know if knowledge of music theory is required to really appreciate something like this - I am by no means an expert on it, with just a couple of high school and university courses under my belt - but I'm pretty sure that most people would pick up on the fact that there is something different about these versions of "Silent Night" and "O Christmas Tree", to cherry pick a couple of familiar songs.

I still think that the album is too short, but at this point it's because I feel like it has barely whet an appetite I never knew I had - I'd love to hear more Christmas songs done like this!  What do you think?  Do you like the sound of Christmas carols done in a minor key?  I'm sure it's not for everyone, but for those like hearing Christmas carols done a little differently, this is definitely worth a listen.  Happy listening!



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Hans said...

It was my idea, and i produce this little project with vladimir. vladimir plays a chinese version of the turkish march from mozart. It is very popular on youtube and the idea was a album for gothic fans. no one will listen a christmas album, but this is realy different. normaly we write classic piano tracks and sheet music. this is the reason why the songs a short. It gives sheet musics as pdf for every title with repeats. the idea was a full orchestra album with this tracks, but we testet first on jamendo. the album climb place 1 in the jamendo top 100 in only one week. also 2012 some people means the world goes down and then we hope for some videos with our tracks. how long you will listen a christmas track without vocals? i think one minute is enough. another idea was a chorus of some children sing the minor titles. I mean this can bring a awesome atmosphere. maybe we have time and we work out some titles for 2012.