Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248 Mainz Bach Choir, Mainz Bach Orchestra & Ralf Otto

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Album info

Album-Release:
2018

HRA-Release:
11.10.2018

Label: Naxos

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750): Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248, Pt. 1:
  • 1Jauchzet, frohlocket07:30
  • 2Es begab sich aber01:16
  • 3Nun wird mein liebster Bräutigam00:58
  • 4Bereite dich, Zion05:25
  • 5Wie soll ich dich empfangen01:23
  • 6Und sie gebar ihren ersten Sohn00:22
  • 7Er ist auf Erden kommen arm02:54
  • 8Großer Herr, o starker König04:44
  • 9Ach, mein herzliebes Jesulein01:08
  • Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248, Pt. 2:
  • 10Sinfonia06:06
  • 11Und es waren Hirten00:41
  • 12Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht00:58
  • 13Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen00:49
  • 14Was Gott dem Abraham verheißen00:43
  • 15Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet03:26
  • 16Und das habt zum Zeichen00:23
  • 17Schaut hin, dort liegt im finstern Stall00:50
  • 18So geht denn hin, ihr Hirten00:50
  • 19Schlafe, mein Liebster10:03
  • 20Und alsobald war da00:12
  • 21Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe02:18
  • 22So recht, ihr Engel00:28
  • 23Wir singen dir in deinem Heer01:23
  • Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248, Pt. 3:
  • 24Herrscher des Himmels (1)01:50
  • 25Und da die Engel von ihnen00:08
  • 26Lasset uns nun gehen gen Bethlehem00:44
  • 27Er hat sein Volk getröst'00:44
  • 28Dies hat er alles uns getan00:43
  • 29Herr, dein Mitleid, dein Erbarmen07:09
  • 30Und sie kamen eilend01:11
  • 31Schließe, mein Herze05:38
  • 32Ja, ja! mein Herz soll es bewahren00:29
  • 33Ich will dich mit Fleiß bewahren01:00
  • 34Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um00:23
  • 35Seid froh dieweil00:50
  • 36Herrscher des Himmels (2)01:55
  • Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248, Pt. 4:
  • 37Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben05:11
  • 38Und da acht Tage um waren00:31
  • 39Immanuel, o süßes Wort02:44
  • 40Flößt, mein Heiland05:27
  • 41Wohlan, dein Name soll allein01:34
  • 42Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben04:19
  • 43Jesus richte mein Beginnen01:56
  • Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248, Pt. 5:
  • 44Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen06:06
  • 45Da Jesus geboren war zu Bethlehem00:22
  • 46Wo ist der neugeborne König der Jüden02:11
  • 47Dein Glanz all Finsternis verzehrt00:55
  • 48Erleucht auch meine finstre Sinnen04:31
  • 49Da das der König Herodes hörte00:11
  • 50Warum wollt ihr erschrecken?00:34
  • 51Und ließ versammeln alle Hohepriester01:14
  • 52Ach, wenn wird die Zeit erscheinen05:21
  • 53Mein Liebster herrschet schon00:30
  • 54Zwar ist solche Herzensstube00:52
  • Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248, Pt. 6:
  • 55Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben04:43
  • 56Da berief Herodes die Weisen heimlich00:44
  • 57Du Falscher, suche nur den Herrn zu fällen00:58
  • 58Nur ein Wink von seinen Händen03:43
  • 59Als sie nun den König gehöret hatten01:10
  • 60Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier01:18
  • 61Und Gott befahl ihnen im Traum00:20
  • 62So geht! Genug, mein Schatz01:46
  • 63Nun mögt ihr stolzen Feinde schrecken03:58
  • 64Was will der Höllen Schrecken nun00:34
  • 65Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen03:18
  • Total Runtime02:24:35

Info for Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248

J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio was written for the Christmas season of 1734, and although it incorporates music from earlier works it belongs firmly among his timeless large-scale compositions. The development of the oratorio, which was to become a new musical form in Protestant church services at that time, was stimulated by Bach’s compositions, particularly by the unusual form of his six-part Christmas Oratorio. From its famously joyful opening ‘Jauchzet frohlocket’ to the arrival of the Wise Men from the East, this work’s enduring popularity has long proven its status as a choral ‘evergreen.’ For the conductor Ralf Otto, flexibility, diversity and transparency of sound have always been essential to his work with choirs and orchestras. The conductor’s reputation is based on his gift for interpreting different musical styles, from the Renaissance through the music of today. This recording follows the April 2018 release of Bach’s St. John Passion with the Bach Choir and Orchestra of Mainz conducted by Ralf Otto. MusicWeb International wrote: “the Bachchor Mainz is a fine ensemble: it shows great flexibility in those turbae which are performed at a high speed, and produces a surprisingly transparent sound, also thanks to the good acoustic of the Christuskirche in Mainz.”

Julia Kleiter, soprano
Katharina Magiera, alto
Georg Poplutz, tenor
Thomas E Bauer, bass
Bachchor Mainz & Bachorchester Mainz
Ralf Otto, direction




The Bachchor Mainz
has acquired an excellent reputation far beyond Germany, not least because of its varied choral music repertoire that ranges from the 16th century to the present. Diethard Hellmann, who was the founder and choirmaster for 30 years was succeeded by Ralf Otto in 1986. Otto has continually broadened the ensemble’s range and established an intensive exploration of historical performance practices in addition to focussing on rarely performed works and contemporary music. The choir has worked with illustrious guest conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Sylvain Cambreling, Peter Eotvos, Michael Gielen, Eliahu Inbal, Philippe Jordan, Georges Pretre, Franz Welser-Most and Peter Schreier, and is a regular guest at important festivals and concert halls at home and abroad.

Ralf Otto
For the conductor Ralf Otto, flexibility, diversity and transparency of sound have always been essential to his work with choirs and orchestras. Otto believes that understanding the compositional structure of a piece of music is an indispensable prerequisite to achieve intensely emotional expression. The conductor’s reputation is based on his gift for interpreting different musical styles, from the Renaissance through to the music of today. Since the beginning of his career, he has been a strong advocate for the performance of early music according to historically informed performance practices. In 1981, Otto founded the Frankfurter Vokalensemble, with which his main focus was contemporary music. Otto’s repertoire encompasses Monteverdi, the complete works of Bach, essential works from the Baroque period, the Viennese classics, the Romantic period, Britten, Eisler, Dallapiccola, Schoenberg and contemporary composers. Driven by his avid interest in as yet unheard music, Ralf Otto focusses on rediscovering forgotten compositions by composers such as Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, as well as on contemporary works. His numerous recordings and broadcasts are a testament to his artistic achievements.



Booklet for Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248

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