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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248


Christmas Oratorio BWV 248

Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
DOR-93183
Artist: Bach Choir of Bethlehem, The
Genre: Choral, Holiday
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The Lutheran Reformation inaugurated what was to become a distinctive tradition of liturgical music, that reached its zenith in the music of Johann Sebastion Bach.   A significant part of this musical tradition was the provision of extended musical settings of the biblical narratives concerning the life of Christ, performed on the respective feasts and fasts of the church year.   Passions formed the greater part of these Historiae, as they were termed, but there were also musical expositions of the birth, resurrection and ascension of Christ.

- Robin A. Leaver, ©   1998     Westminster Choir College of Rider University (Princeton)

Founded in 1898, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem is the oldest Bach Choir in America and gave the first performances in the United States of The Mass in B Minor and The Christmas Oratorio in Bethlehem, PA.   Now, one hundred years later, The Choir has achieved a level of musical excellence which has been recognized internationally.   Under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld, The Choir of 110 dedicated volunteer singers, The Bach Festival Orchestra and soloists of world renown continue the tradition of performing exclusively the music of J.S. Bach.
Performers:

Greg Funfgeld, Conductor
Tamara Matthews, Soprano
Marietta Simpson, Mezzo-Soprano
Benjamin Butterfield, Tenor
Christòpheren Nomura, Baritone

Composers:

J.S. Bach

DISC I
Part I

1. Chorus
2. Recitative - Evangelist
3. Recitative - Alto
4. Aria - Alto
5. Chorale
6. Recitative - Evangelist
7. Chorale - Soprano and Recitative - Bass
8. Aria - Bass
9. Chorale

Part II

10. Sinfonia
11. Recitative - Evangelist
12. Chorale
13. Recitative - Evangelist and Soprano
14. Recitative - Bass
15. Aria - Tenor
16. Recitative - Evangelist
17. Chorale
18. Recitative - Bass
19. Aria - Alto
20. Recitative - Evangelist
21. Chorus
22. Recitative - Bass
23. Chorale

Part III

24. Chorus
25. Recitative - Evangelist
26. Chorus
27. Recitative - Bass
28. Chorale
29. Aria Duetto - Soprano and Bass
30. Recitative - Evangelist
31. Aria - Alto
32. Recitative - Alto
33. Chorale
34. Recitative - Evangelist
35. Chorale
36. Chorus (Repeat of No. 24)
Disc I Total Time: 78:15

Disc II
Part IV

1. Chorus
2. Recitative - Evangelist
3. Recitative and Chorale - Bass and Soprano
4. Aria - Soprano, Echo
5. Recitative and Chorale - Bass and Soprano
6. Aria - Tenor
7. Chorale

Part V

8. Chorus
9. Recitative - Evangelist
10. Chorus and Recitative - Alto
11. Chorale
12. Aria - Bass
13. Recitative - Evangelist
14. Recitative - Alto
15. Recitative - Evangelist
16. Aria Terzetto - Soprano, Alto, Tenor
17. Recitative - Alto
18. Chorale

Part VI

19. Chorus
20. Recitative - Evangelist and Bass
21. Recitative - Soprano
22. Aria - Soprano
23. Recitative - Evangelist
24. Chorale
25. Recitative - Evangelist
26. Recitative - Tenor
27. Aria - Tenor
28. Recitative - Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
29. Chorale

Disc II Total Time: 69:00



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