Bachs Christmas Oratorio

December 18, 2012, 7:00 pm

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An exploration of the six cantatas performed in Leipzig’s St. Thomas and St. Nicholas churches in December 1734. These six Bach cantatas were written to correspond with the days of the Lutheran church year, and are collectively referred to as the “Christmas Oratorio”. We start the week with Cantata No. 1 (For the First Day of Christmas) and we will end with Cantata No. 6 for Epiphany.

Playlist

Episode 1

J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 1 from the Christmas Oratorio- For the 1st day of Christmas

Monte-verdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists/ Gardiner

Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists

Archiv 423232

0:24:33

J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005

Hilary Hahn, v.

Hilary Hahn Plays Bach

Sony 62793

0:25:09

Episode 2

J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 2 from the Christmas Oratorio- For the 2nd day of Christmas

Monte-verdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists/ Gardiner

Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists

Archiv 423232

0:26:51

J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in C BWV 1009

Pierre Fournier, vc.

Bach: 6 Suites for Solo Cello / Pierre Fournier

DG 449711

22:54

Episode 3

J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 3 from the Christmas Oratorio- For the 3rd day of Christmas

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/ Koopman; Larrson, s.;

Von Magnus, a.; Pre-gardien, t.; Mertens, b.

Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque

Erato 14635

22:13, 3:39

J.S. Bach: Orches-tral Suite No. 2, BWV 1067

Berlin Baroque Soloists/Kussmaul; Pahud, fl.

Brandenburg concerto NO.5 – Orchestral suite NO.2 – Trio sonata – Partita

EMI 57111

19:27

J.S. Bach: “Erfreute Zeit” fr. Cantata No. 83

Venice Baroque Orch./ Marcon; Kirchsch-lager, s.

Bach Arias

Sony 89924

6:47

Episode 4

J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 4 from the Christmas Oratorio- For the 4th day of Christmas

Rundfunk-chor Leipzig & Staats-kapelle Dresden/ Schreier

Weihnachtsoratorium

Phil 420204

22:44

J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 1 for Viola da Gamba and Keyboard, BWV 1027

Rose, vc. Gould, p.

Sonatas For Violin & Harpsichord BWV 1014-1019 /

Sonatas For Viola Da Gamba & Harpisichord BWV 1027-1029

Sony 52615

13:04

J.S. Bach/ arr. Stokowski: Passacag-lia and fugue in d minor, BWV 565

Stokowski Symphony Orchestra

Bach • Stokowski

EMI 66385

13:39

Episode 5

J.S. Bach: Cantatas 5 & 6 from the Christmas Oratorio- For the 5th and 6th days of Christmas

English Baroque Soloists & the Monte-verdi Choir/ Gardiner

Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists

Archiv 423232

21:18, 22:54

J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, BWV 1043, II

Academy of Ancient Music/ Manze; Manze, Podger, vlns.

Solo & Double Violin Concertos

HM 907155

6:30