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Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Thomanerchor Leipzig

> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part IV: Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben … (Chorus)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part IV: Und da acht Tage um waren … (Evangelist)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part IV: Recitative with Chorale: Immanuel, o susses Wort (Bass, Soprano)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part IV: Aria: Flosst, mein Heiland, flosst dein Namen … (Soprano)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part IV: Recitative with Chorale: Wohlan, dein Name soll allein (Soprano, Bass)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part IV: Aria: Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben … (Tenor)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part IV: Chorale: Jesus richte mein Beginnen … (Chorus)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part V: Ehre sei dir, Gott gesungen … (Chorus)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part V: Recitative: Da Jesus geboren war zu Bethlehem … (Evangelist)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part V: Chorus and Recitative: Wo ist der neugeborne Konig der Juden? … (Alto, Chorus)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part V: Chorale: Dein Glanz all Finsternis verzehrt … (Chorus)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part V: Aria: Erleucht auch meine finstre Sinnen … (Bass)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part V: Recitative: Da das der Konig Herodes horte … (Evangelist)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part V: Recitative: Warum wollt ihr erschrecken?… (Alto)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part V: Recitative: Und liess versammlen alle Hohepriester… (Evangelist)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part V: Aria (Trio): Ach, wenn wird die Zeit erscheinen … (Soprano, Alto, Tenor)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part V: Recitative: Mein Liebster herrschet schon … (Alto)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part V: Choral: Zwar ist solche Herzensstube … (Chorus)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part VI: Chorus: Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben … (Chorus)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part VI: Recitative: Da berief Herodes die Weisen heimlich … (Evangelist)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part VI: Recitative: Du Falscher, suche nur den Herrn zu fallen … (Soprano)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part VI: Aria: Nur ein Wink von seinen Handen … (Soprano)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part VI: Recitative: Als sie nun den Konig gehoret hatten … (Evangelist)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part VI: Choral: Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier … (Chorus)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part VI: Recitative: Und Gott befahl ihnen im Traum … (Evangelist)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part VI: Recitative: So geht! Genug, mein Schatz geht nicht von hier … (Tenor)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part VI: Aria: Nun mogt ihr stolzen Feinde schrecken … (Tenor)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part VI: Recitative (Quartet): Was will der Holle Schrekken nun … (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part VI: Choral: Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen … (Chorus)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part III: Und sie kamen eilend … (Evangelist)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part III: Aria: Schliesse, mein Herze, dies selige Wunder … (Alto)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part III: Recitative: Ja, ja, mein Herz soll es bewahren … (Alto)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part III: Choral: Ich will dich mit Fleiss bewahren … (Chorus)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part III: Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um … (Evangelist)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part III: Choral: Seid froh dieweil, dass euer Heil … (Chorus)
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part III: Chorus: Herrscher des Himmels, erhore das Lallen

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Georg Christoph Biller is the 16th cantor at St. Thomas after J.S. Bach. He is fortunate to choristers from his own choir perform these work's challenging soprano arias. The St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig guarantees an authenticity for this music which can achieve its full effect only in this very setting: Bach, his music and its performance are deeply rooted in the history of St Thomas Leipzig.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Of these three the Biller Leipzig performance is the safest bet. Others to consider would include Rilling (modern instruments) and Gardiner (period).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Thomaskirche Leipzig (12/07/2009-12/13/2009).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
  • Performer: Georg Biller (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Georg Biller
  • Ensemble: Gewandhausorchester
  • Notes: Thomaskirche Leipzig (12/07/2009-12/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 135 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734