Das neugeborne Kindelein: Christmas Cantatas by Buxtehude, Telemann & Bach / Kuijken, La Petite Bande
Even in the early 18th century Christmas was a time to mix traditional music with newer, forward-looking sounds. I love Georg Philipp Telemann’s archaic-sounding cantata Ein Kindelein so löbelich, TWV 9:5, from around 1720, but sounding at least a century older, at least until an Amen that sprouts Baroque curlicues around the more severe contrapuntal sounds of the stile antico. This is virtuoso composition that plays with styles in a kind of Enlightenment Post-Modernism. J. S. Bach’s gorgeous cantata Ich freue mich in dir, BWV 133, from 1724, is a perfect example of how the great composer turned music into sounds of pure joy. Kuijken and La Petite Bande provide a joyful interpretation of the theatrical intimacy in this music, as apt an illustration of the show-stopping, spot-lit miracle that was the Nativity as the great painting of Gerrit van Honthorst gracing the album cover.
– Music for Several Instruments
Catalog Number: ACC 24348
Composer: Dietrich Buxtehude, Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Petite Bande