?I sought new approaches to the carols. My fingers played accompanimentsas if on their own, my voice made repeats where there were none, and di d away with some of the carols? original form. It was as if something within me was searching for a counter-magic to thwart the force of habit and the automatism with which Christmas carols are often sung and heard.?(Christine Maria Rembeck) In ?Engelslicht und Dornenschatten,? the auth or invites us to listen to well-known Christmas carols in a new spirit, beyond all hoary clichés. The ?Lieder für eine stille Weihnachtszeit? and especially the different instrumental accompaniments grew out of improvisation and the desire to encourage the formative creativity of the musicians. The arrangements correspond to the recordings on the eponymous CD known through radio broadcasts.