Christmas on the DanubeHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
With their Christmas markets filled with local crafts and food, and holiday lights and activities, a visit to the cities and towns along the Danube at Christmas is a magical experience. In Vienna, Christmas markets spring to life among the city’s grand buildings; in Budapest locals celebrate folk traditions; and music fills the air at the Christmas Markets in Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg. A visit to the town of Oberndorf details the history of the most famous of all Christmas songs “Silent Night. ” Other highlights include the baroque master Melk Abbey, the Old Town of Passau, and the charming Christmas Market of Bratislava. The film includes music from the region’s great composers like Mozart, Beethoven and others, which makes this a special show for classical music lovers. And the film includes information as to the history of each city and town visited, and visuals of their important landmarks.
A beautiful program
A splendid journey along the Danube River with glorious music and sights. As seen on PBS – a truly wonderful program.
Christmas on the Danube
A lively, richly satisfying presentation.
Particularly noteworthy is the segment on the origin of the Christmas classic song "Stille Nacht" ("Silent Night" in English). The original German version immigrated to the United States in my great-grandparents' lungs not long after the song debuted in Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria, lyrics by the young priest Joseph Mohr and its melody for guitar composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber, a schoolmaster--because the church organ was malfunctioning. My grandparents' and mother tattoed it into my heart in its original language.
The song debuted, at the St. Nikola parish church for the midnight service on Christmas Eve, 1818. Floods in the 1890s led to the demolition of this church but locals built a chapel on the site in 1937.
A minor downside? The narrator spoke too rapidly in an unfamiliar accent. I am hoping that closed captioning on the copy I purchased will help me understand the treasures I missed in twice viewed this program on PBS. Ironically, I am a retired American ESL tutor!