Archive for December 3rd, 2021

Till Brönner – Christmas

ChistmasWith his new album “Christmas” trumpeter Till Brönner in trio with pianist Frank Chastenier and bassist Christian von Kaphengst creates a puristic album full of chamber music intensity and refreshing breadth. Songs from different decades and genres like “Jesus to Child”, “Ich steh an deiner Krippe hier” or “Jingle Bells” combine them to an intimate listening experience. Relevant art is always a mirror of its time and the circumstances under which it is created.

On “Christmas”, Till Brönner succeeds in creating a unique melange of topicality and timelessness. “The past few months have made us all realize,” explains Brönner, “what is really important in life. We wanted to implement this realization within the music as well. So slowly, life is returning to a certain normality, where small celebrations in the closest circle are finally possible again. After this special year, we have deliberately decided against an album with bombastic-overloaded cover versions for lavish celebrations, but instead try to create a special, an almost intimate Christmas mood with a small ensemble. “Christmas” features Till Brönners stylistic range from German Christmas classics like “Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier” to thoughtful pop moments like the touching cover of George Michaels “Jesus To A Child” to elegant, laid-back late-night remakes of American evergreens like “Jingle Bells” or “Christmas Time Is Here”.

The latter is given a very special melancholic touch by none other than Max Mutzke with his soulful vocals. “In the mid-1960s, the Vietnam War was in full swing. At the time of the civil rights movement, this piece was created, in which, despite its brittleness, there is a certain melancholy. I had a long talk with Max about the track. He, too, is an intuitive guy who is comfortable in different genres. He immediately hit the right note,” sums up Till Brönner.

“Christmas” is released in the Studio Edition on Pure Audio Blu-ray. In addition to a Hi-Res Stereo and Surround Sound, the Pure Audio Blu-ray also includes an immersive mix in AURO-3D and Dolby Atmos.

Buy the album and its audio alternatives here.