Monday, November 12, 2012

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem - Christmas Oratorio (1999)

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem - Christmas Oratorio (1999)

Although German composer Johann Sebastian Bach entitled his work Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), it is in fact closer to a cantata cycle than an oratorio. Composed and compiled for the Christmas season as celebrated in Leipzig in 1734 and early 1735, the six parts of the Christmas Oratorio were intended to be performed on the six major feast days over that 13-day period from December 25 through January 6: the "First Day of Christmas," the "Second Day of Christmas," the "Third Day of Christmas," the "Feast of the Circumcision," the "First Sunday of the New Year," and the "Feast of the Epiphany." Furthermore, each part of the work is designed to function as an independent musical unit; each part (except the second, which starts with a "Pastoral Symphony") begins and ends with choruses in the tonic key, and each part tells a separate part of the Christmas story.

Tracks CD 1

PART 1 - Cantata For The First Day of Christmas
01. Part 1-01 - Chorus // [07:46]
02. Part 1-02,03 - Recitatives - Evangelist and Alto // [02:06]
03. Part 1-04 - Aria - Alto // [05:26]
04. Part 1-05 - Chorale // [01:22]
05. Part 1-06,07 - Recitative. Chorale, Recitative // [03:08]
06. Part 1-08 - Aria - Bass // [04:27]
07. Part 1-09 - Chorale // [01:17]

PART 2 - Cantata For The Second Day of Christmas
08. Part 2-10 - Sinfonia // [05:29]
09. Part 2-11 - Recitative - Evangelist // [00:40]
10. Part 2-12 - Chorale // [01:03]
11. Part 2-13 - Recitative - Soprano and Evangelist // [00:45]
12. Part 2-14 - Recitative - Bass // [00:43]
13. Part 2-15 - Aria - Tenor // [03:35]
14. Part 2-16 - Recitative - Evangelist // [00:23]
15. Part 2-17 - Chorale // [00:40]
16. Part 2-18 - Recitative - Bass // [00:56]
17. Part 2-19 - Aria - Alto // [10:17]
18. Part 2-20,21 - Recitative - Evangelist, Chorus // [02:55]
19. Part 2-22 - Recitative - Bass // [00:29]
20. Part 2-23 - Chorale // [01:14]

PART 3 - Cantata For The Third Day of Christmas
21. Part 3-24 - Chorus // [02:05]
22. Part 3-25,26,27 - Recitative, Chorus, Recitative // [01:31]
23. Part 3-28 - Chorale // [00:44]
24. Part 3-29 - Aria Duetto - Soprano and Bass // [07:06]
25. Part 3-30 - Recitative - Evangelist // [01:11]
26. Part 3-31 - Aria - Alto // [05:40]
27. Part 3-32 - Recitative - Alto // [00:30]
28. Part 3-33 - Chorale // [00:52]
29. Part 3-34 - Recitative - Evangelist // [00:24]
30. Part 3-35 - Chorale // [00:46]
31. Part 3-36 - Chorus // [02:06]

Tracks CD 2

PART 4 - Cantata For The Feast of Circumcision
32. Part 4-01 - Chorus // [05:52]
33. Part 4-02 - Recitative - Evangelist // [00:32]
34. Part 4-03 - Recitative and Chorale - Bass and Soprano // [02:31]
35. Part 4-04 - Aria - Soprano, Echo // [05:08]
36. Part 4-05 - Recitative and Chorale - Bass and Soprano // [01:27]
37. Part 4-06 - Aria - Tenor // [04:34]
38. Part 4-07 - Chorale // [01:44]

PART 5 - Cantata For The Sunday After New Year
39. Part 5-08 - Chorus // [06:30]
40. Part 5-09,10 - Recitative - Evangelist, Chorus and Recitative - Alto // [02:11]
41. Part 5-11 - Chorale // [00:48]
42. Part 5-12 - Aria - Bass // [03:59]
43. Part 5-13,14,15 - Recitatives - Evangelist, Alto, Evangelist // [02:17]
44. Part 5-16 - Aria Terzetto // [06:09]
45. Part 5-17 - Recitative - Alto // [00:33]
46. Part 5-18 - Chorale // [00:57]

PART 6 - Cantata For The Feast of Epiphany
47. Part 6-19 - Chorus // [05:12]
48. Part 6-20 - Recitative - Evangelist and Bass // [00:47]
49. Part 6-21 - Recitative - Soprano // [00:52]
50. Part 6-22 - Aria - Soprano // [04:25]
51. Part 6-23 - Recitative - Evangelist // [01:10]
52. Part 6-24 - Chorale // [01:05]
53. Part 6-25,26 - Recitatives - Evangelist, Tenor // [02:03]
54. Part 6-27 - Aria - Tenor // [04:00]
55. Part 6-28 - Recitative - Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass // [00:42]
56. Part 6-29 - Chorale // [03:21]

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