Sony Classical to Release Extended Edition of Jonas Kaufmann’s ‘It’s Christmas’ Album

By David Salazar

Sony Classical has announced its intention to release an extended edition of Jonas Kaufmann’s holiday album “It’s Christmas.”

The album, which was released in 2020, will now feature seven new songs. Audiences will be able to pick up their copy on Oct. 29, 2021.

The new tracks include “Trois anges sont venus ce soir,” which was brought to Kaufmann’s attention by friend and colleague Ludovic Tézier.” Other new songs include “Der englische Gruß,“ “Auf, ihr Hirtensleut,“ “Als Maria übers Gebirge ging,“ “Zu Bethlehem geboren,“ “Jetzt fangen wir zum,“ “Singen an,“ and “Mariä Wiegenlied.“ These latter six tracks will feature Stefanie Irányi in original “Stubnmusi“ scoring for dulcimer, harp, violin, clarinet, and double bass.

“The wonderful success of my first Christmas album, and the pleasure that it gave not just me personally but others, too, has lured me into returning to the studio this year to pay tribute to another holiday musical genre – intimate ‘Alpine Stubnmusi – that for someone like myself, who grew up in Bavaria and Tyrol, invariably evokes the holiday spirit,” said Kaufmann in a press statement.