J.S. Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium

J.S. Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Coro della Radio Svizzera, Lugano
I Barocchisti
Diego Fasolis conductor
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94275
EAN code 5028421942759
Release November 2011

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Compiled from secular cantatas and first published in 1734, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is remarkable in that it was conceived to be performed in two churches over six feast days, across a two-week period. Gathering together suitable cantatas to form a larger work was not an unusual practice, and Bach’s Easter and Ascension Oratorios (BWV 249 and 11) are both compiled from secular cantatas. It is indeed possible that Bach had in mind recycling the cantatas into a larger work when he originally composed them.

The Christmas Oratorio was composed for the church year of 1734/5. A particular pattern of dates in this year meant that it could only be performed again during a church year with the same day and date sequence. During Bach’s term in office this only allowed 3 possible performances – in 1739/40, 1744/45 and 1745/46 – as a re-order is not possible.

The music of this recording is glorious late Bach. Composed after the St John and St Matthew Passions and the B minor Mass, his maturity as a composer is evident in both the structure of the work and the subtle orchestration and contrapuntal writing of the chorales.

OTHER INFORMATION:
- Recording made in 2003
- Performance based on Historic Music Practice, on authentic instruments.
- The recording of Diego Fasolis was awarded numerous international record prizes, among which the prestigious Diapason’d Or.
- Booklet notes and texts

Track list

Disk 1

  1. CANTATA I, for Christmas Day: Chorus: Jauchzet, frohlocket!
  2. CANTATA I, for Christmas Day: Recitative: Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit
  3. CANTATA I, for Christmas Day: Recitative: Nun wird mein liebster Bräutigam
  4. CANTATA I, for Christmas Day: Aria: Bereite dich, Zion
  5. CANTATA I, for Christmas Day: Chorale: Wie soll ich dich empfangen
  6. CANTATA I, for Christmas Day: Recitative: Und sie gebar ihren ersten Sohn
  7. CANTATA I, for Christmas Day: Chorale & Recitative: Er ist auf Erden kommen arm
  8. CANTATA I, for Christmas Day: Aria: Großer Herr, o starker König
  9. CANTATA I, for Christmas Day: Chorale: Ach, mein herzliebes Jesulein!
  10. CANTATA II for the second day of Christmas: Sinfonia
  11. CANTATA II for the second day of Christmas: Recitative: Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend
  12. CANTATA II for the second day of Christmas: Chorale: Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht
  13. CANTATA II for the second day of Christmas: Recitative: Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen
  14. CANTATA II for the second day of Christmas: Recitative: Was Gott dem Abraham verheißen
  15. CANTATA II for the second day of Christmas: Aria: Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet
  16. CANTATA II for the second day of Christmas: Recitative: Und das habt zum Zeichen
  17. CANTATA II for the second day of Christmas: Chorale: Schaut hin! dort liegt im finstern Stall
  18. CANTATA II for the second day of Christmas: Recitative: So geht denn hin, ihr Hirten, geht
  19. CANTATA II for the second day of Christmas: Aria: Schlafe, mein Liebster, genieße der Ruh
  20. CANTATA II for the second day of Christmas: Recitative: Und alsobald war da bei dem Engel
  21. CANTATA II for the second day of Christmas: Chorus: Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe
  22. CANTATA II for the second day of Christmas: Recitative: So recht, ihr Engel, jauchzt und singet
  23. CANTATA II for the second day of Christmas: Chorale: Wir singen dir in deinem Heer
  24. CANTATA III for the third day of Christmas: Chorus: Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen
  25. CANTATA III for the third day of Christmas: Recitative: Und da die Engel von ihnen gen Himmel fuhren
  26. CANTATA III for the third day of Christmas: Chorus: Lasset uns nun gehen gen Bethlehem
  27. CANTATA III for the third day of Christmas: Recitative: Er hat sein Volk getröst
  28. CANTATA III for the third day of Christmas: Chorale: Dies hat er alles uns getan
  29. CANTATA III for the third day of Christmas: Duet: Herr, dein Mitleid, dein Erbarmen
  30. CANTATA III for the third day of Christmas: Recitative: Und sie kamen eilend, und funden beide
  31. CANTATA III for the third day of Christmas: Aria: Schließe, mein Herze, dies selige Wunder
  32. CANTATA III for the third day of Christmas: Recitative: Ja, ja, mein Herz soll es bewahren
  33. CANTATA III for the third day of Christmas: Chorale: Ich will dich mit Fleiß bewahren
  34. CANTATA III for the third day of Christmas: Recitative: Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um
  35. CANTATA III for the third day of Christmas: Chorale: Seid froh, dieweil, daß euer Heil
  36. CANTATA III for the third day of Christmas: Chorus: Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen

Disk 2

  1. CANTATA IV for New Year's Day: Chorus: Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben
  2. CANTATA IV for New Year's Day: Chorus: Recitative: Und da acht Tage um waren
  3. CANTATA IV for New Year's Day: Chorus: Recitative & Chorale: Immanuel, o süßes Wort!
  4. CANTATA IV for New Year's Day: Chorus: Aria: Flößt, mein Heiland, flößt dein Namen
  5. CANTATA IV for New Year's Day: Chorus: Recitative & Chorale: Wohlan, dein Name soll allein
  6. CANTATA IV for New Year's Day: Chorus: Aria: Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben
  7. CANTATA IV for New Year's Day: Chorus: Chorale: Jesus richte mein Beginnen
  8. CANTATA V for the first Sunday after New Year's Day: Chorus: Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen
  9. CANTATA V for the first Sunday after New Year's Day: Recitative: Da Jesus geboren war zu Bethlehem
  10. CANTATA V for the first Sunday after New Year's Day: Chorus: Wo ist der neugeborne König der Jüden?
  11. CANTATA V for the first Sunday after New Year's Day: Chorale: Dein Glanz all Finsternis verzehrt
  12. CANTATA V for the first Sunday after New Year's Day: Aria: Erleucht auch meine finstre Sinnen
  13. CANTATA V for the first Sunday after New Year's Day: Recitative: Da das der König Herodes hörte
  14. CANTATA V for the first Sunday after New Year's Day: Recitative: Warum wollt ihr erschrecken?
  15. CANTATA V for the first Sunday after New Year's Day: Recitative: Und ließ versammeln alle Hohepriester
  16. CANTATA V for the first Sunday after New Year's Day: Terzetto: Ach! wenn wird die Zeit erscheinen?
  17. CANTATA V for the first Sunday after New Year's Day: Recitative: Mein liebster herrschet schon
  18. CANTATA V for the first Sunday after New Year's Day: Chorale: Zwar ist solche Herzensstube
  19. CANTATA VI for Epiphany: Chorus: Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben
  20. CANTATA VI for Epiphany: Recitative: Da berief Herodes die Weisen heimlich
  21. CANTATA VI for Epiphany: Recitative: Du Falscher, suche nur denn Herrn zu fällen
  22. CANTATA VI for Epiphany: Aria: Nur ein Wink von seinen Händen
  23. CANTATA VI for Epiphany: Recitative: Als sie nun den König gehöret hatten
  24. CANTATA VI for Epiphany: Chorale: Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier
  25. CANTATA VI for Epiphany: Recitative: Und Gott befahl ihnen im Traum
  26. CANTATA VI for Epiphany: Recitative: So geht! genug, mein Schatz geht nicht von hier
  27. CANTATA VI for Epiphany: Aria: Nun mögt ihr stolzen Feinde schrecken
  28. CANTATA VI for Epiphany: Recitative: Was will der Hölle Schrecken nun
  29. CANTATA VI for Epiphany: Chorale: Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen