Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Iestyn Davies (alto); James Gilchrist (tenor); Katherine Watson (soprano); Matthew Brook (bass);...
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  1. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7)
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Bach's Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, consists of a set of six cantatas, each with recitatives, arias, and chorales. Moreover, some of the music for this most solemn of Christian events was borrowed by Bach from his own secular compositions. Yet it is a unified work, designated by Bach himself as an oratorio, and the biblical narration of the Christmas story is worked into the usual recitative-aria structure. There aren't any melodies in the work that are really among Bach's greatest hits, but the ingenuity of the work as a ...

Bach: Christmas Oratorio 2013, Hyperion

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