Christmas Oratorio

Christmas Oratorio

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Artist: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, The Bach Festival Orchestra, Greg Funfgeld (conductor)

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Format: 2 CDs

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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 Sebastian 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


Track List

BWV 248

Disc 1
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 2
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 1 time: 78:15
Disc 2 time: 69:00
Release date: September 7, 1999
UPC: 053479318329