J S BACH (1685–1750) Christmas Oratorio Weihnachtsoratorium
Julia Kleiter, Soprano
Katharina Magiera, Alto Georg Poplutz, Tenor
Thomas E. Bauer, Bass Bachchor Mainz
Bachorchester Mainz, Ralf 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’.
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