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BACH, J.S.: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (Poplutz, Mainz Bach Choir and Orchestra, R. Otto)

    
      

 



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BACH, J.S.: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (Poplutz, Mainz Bach Choir and Orchestra, R. Otto)

J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio was written for the Christmas season of 1734, and although it incorporates music from earlier works it belongs firmly among his timeless large-scale compositions. The development of the oratorio, which was to become a new musical form in Protestant church services at that time, was stimulated by Bach’s compositions, particularly by the unusual form of his six-part Christmas Oratorio. From its famously joyful opening ‘Jauchzet frohlocket’ to the arrival of the Wise Men from the East, this work’s enduring popularity has long proven its status as a choral ‘evergreen’.



Disc 1

Bach, Johann Sebastian
Henrici, Christian Friedrich / Runge, Christoph / Weissel, Georg / Werner, Georg / Franck, Johann / Rist, Johann / Luther, Martin / Gerhardt, Paul / Henrici, Christian Friedrich / Runge, Christoph / Weissel, Georg / Werner, Georg / Franck, Johann / Rist, Johann / Luther, Martin / Gerhardt, Paul, lyricist(s)

  Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
1.   Play with flash player Part I: Jauchzet, frohlocket (Chorus) 00:07:30
2.   Play with flash player Part I: Recitative: Es begab sich aber (Evangelist) 00:01:16
3.   Play with flash player Part I: Recitative: Nun wird mein liebster Bräutigam (Alto) 00:00:58
4.   Play with flash player Part I: Aria: Bereite dich, Zion (Alto) 00:05:25
5.   Play with flash player Part I: Chorale: Wie soll ich dich empfangen (Chorus) 00:01:23
6.   Play with flash player Part I: Recitative: Und sie gebar ihren ersten Sohn (Evangelist) 00:00:22
7.   Play with flash player Part I: Chorale and Recitative: Er ist auf Erden kommen arm (Soprano, Bass) 00:02:54
8.   Play with flash player Part I: Aria: Großer Herr, o starker König (Bass) 00:04:44
9.   Play with flash player Part I: Chorale: Ach, mein herzliebes Jesulein (Chorus) 00:01:08
10.   Play with flash player Part II: Sinfonia 00:06:06
11.   Play with flash player Part II: Recitative: Und es waren Hirten (Evangelist) 00:00:41
12.   Play with flash player Part II: Chorale: Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht (Chorus) 00:00:58
13.   Play with flash player Part II: Recitative: Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen (Evangelist, Soprano) 00:00:49
14.   Play with flash player Part II: Recitative: Was Gott dem Abraham verheißen (Bass) 00:00:43
15.   Play with flash player Part II: Aria: Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet (Tenor) 00:03:26
16.   Play with flash player Part II: Recitative: Und das habt zum Zeichen (Evangelist) 00:00:23
17.   Play with flash player Part II: Chorale: Schaut hin, dort liegt im finstern Stall (Chorus) 00:00:50
18.   Play with flash player Part II: Recitative: So geht denn hin, ihr Hirten (Bass) 00:00:50
19.   Play with flash player Part II: Aria: Schlafe, mein Liebster (Alto) 00:10:03
20.   Play with flash player Part II: Recitative: Und alsobald war da (Evangelist) 00:00:12
21.   Play with flash player Part II: Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe (Chorus) 00:02:18
22.   Play with flash player Part II: Recitative: So recht, ihr Engel (Bass) 00:00:28
23.   Play with flash player Part II: Chorale: Wir singen dir in deinem Heer (Chorus) 00:01:23
24.   Play with flash player Part III: Herrscher des Himmels (Chorus) 00:01:50
25.   Play with flash player Part III: Recitative: Und da die Engel von ihnen (Evangelist) 00:00:08
26.   Play with flash player Part III: Lasset uns nun gehen gen Bethlehem (Chorus) 00:00:44
27.   Play with flash player Part III: Recitative: Er hat sein Volk getröst' (Bass) 00:00:44
28.   Play with flash player Part III: Chorale: Dies hat er alles uns getan (Chorus) 00:00:43
29.   Play with flash player Part III: Aria Duetto: Herr, dein Mitleid, dein Erbarmen (Soprano, Bass) 00:07:09
30.   Play with flash player Part III: Recitative: Und sie kamen eilend (Evangelist) 00:01:11
31.   Play with flash player Part III: Aria: Schließe, mein Herze (Alto) 00:05:38
32.   Play with flash player Part III: Recitative: Ja, ja! mein Herz soll es bewahren (Alto) 00:00:29
33.   Play with flash player Part III: Chorale: Ich will dich mit Fleiß bewahren (Chrous) 00:01:00
34.   Play with flash player Part III: Recitative: Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um (Evangelist) 00:00:23
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