Christmas Oratorio Parts I - IV
Probably the most important and touching oratorio at Christmas time is that of Johann Sebastian Bach. Each of the six cantatas of the "Christmas Oratorio", which is quite solitary in music history and which was later subsumed under this title, was premiered around the turn of the year 1734/35 in the respective festive services in Leipzig's Thomaskirche.
It was performed on the three Christmas holidays, New Year's Day, the Sunday after New Year's Day and the Feast of Epiphany. The biblical account of the birth of Jesus is the red thread that connects the individual cantatas. It was not until the 19th century that the complete cycle was performed.
Since then, this grandiose work has been an integral part of musical Christmas, filled with deep faith and spiritual spirit, full of contrapuntal mastery and baroque glory.
The Mozarteum Orchestra and the Bach Choir will be joined on this evening by elite Salzburg ensembles.
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Parts I - IV
Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
Salzburg Bach Choir
Matthew Halls Conductor
Julia Sophie Wagner Soprano
Jess Dandy Alto
James Gilchrist Tenor
Peter Harvey Bass
December 16 - 18, 2020 | 7:30 Uhr