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London Concert Choir

Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Parts 1 - 3)

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Bach
Christmas Oratorio (Parts 1 – 3)

Performers

Mark Forkgen
conductor
Nicholas Hurndall Smith
Evangelist (tenor)
Helen Meyerhoff
soprano
Christopher Lowrey
countertenor
Giles Underwood
bass
Counterpoint
period instrumental ensemble

Bach composed his oratorio in six parts for performance in two Leipzig churches over the Christmas season of 1734. Parts 1 to 3 depict the birth of Jesus, the appearance of the angelic host and the adoration of the shepherds. The tenor soloist sings the words of St Luke’s gospel, aided by the choir as angels and shepherds, and the significance of the Nativity is explored in reflective arias and chorales. From the exultant trumpets and drums of the opening and closing movements to the serene Pastoral Sinfonia, the oratorio is enriched by Bach’s vivid orchestration.

Sung in German.

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