Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium / Kuijken, La Petite Bande
Reissue. Originally released in 2014. The audio clip below associated with this release is from the original issuance of this title. - ArkivMusic
An account that reflects the latest information and researches on 'period instruments' practice. A 'one to a part' standard - for both voices and instruments.
The Christmas Oratorio is actually not an ‘oratorio’ in the mold of, for instance, Bach’s Ascension Oratorio or Handel’s Messiah. It is a series of 6 separate cantatas, collectively relating the story from Christmas through to Twelfth Night. Bach wrote the work in Leipzig in 1734 and 1735 for Christmas Day (I), Boxing day (II), the third day of Christmas (III), New Year (IV), the Sunday after New Year (V), and Twelfth Night (VI).
As with the Passions, the texts here are drawn from three sources: (1) the evangelical texts (primarily Luke and Matthew) intoned by the Evangelist (tenor) as recitatives, (2) chorales from the Lutheran tradition and (3) free texts for arias and some choral passages, written by the poet Picander.
Release Date: October 13, 2023
Catalog Number: CC 72966
Label: Challenge Classics
Number of Discs: 2
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Petite Bande