J.C.F. Bach: The Infancy of Jesus / Barbara Schlick, Hilke Helung

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Die Kindheit Jesu, oratorio for voices, chorus & orchestra, HW14/2
>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, motet for chorus & continuo

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Die Kindheit Jesu, oratorio for voices, chorus & orchestra, HW14/2
>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, motet for chorus & continuo
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, the second youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach, was active at the Count of Schaumburg-Lippe's court in Bückeburg from 1750 until his death. The ensuing appointment to Bückeburg of the poet and theologian Johann Gottfried Herder in 1771 represented for Friedrich a further artistic stimulus which particularly enriched his church music. Towards the end of 1772 Herder wrote the poem Die Kindheit Jesu, to which he gave the subtitle "a Biblical picture" and entrusted the text to Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach to set to music.

BBC Music Magazine
Mostly recitative and simple chorus, with one attractive lullaby.

Gramophone
sophistication is found with ... Johann Christoph Friedrich. His large-scale setting of Johann Gottfried Herder's 'Biblical painting' The Childhood of Christ sees yet another confident performance from the incomparable Barbara Schlick and from Harry van der Kamp.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
The performance is very fine. The vocal soloists are satisfactory, but they fall just short of the authoritative vocal solidity heard in the best recordings of comparable repertory.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Immanuelskirche, Wuppertal-Barmen (04/19/1988-04/30/1988).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Die Kindheit Jesu, oratorio for voices, chorus & orchestra, HW14/2
  • Performer: Barbara Schlick (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Ensemble: Rheinische Kantorei
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche, Wuppertal-Barmen (04/19/1988-04/30/1988)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1773

>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, motet for chorus & continuo
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Ensemble: Rheinische Kantorei
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche, Wuppertal-Barmen (04/19/1988-04/30/1988)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1774