Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 1. Coro: "Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage"
Johann Sebastian Bach 7:41
2 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 2. Evangelista: "Es begab sich abe zu der Zeit"
Johann Sebastian Bach 1:11
3 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 3. Recitativo (Alto): "Nun wird mein liebster Bräutigam"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:51
4 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 4. Aria (Alto): "Bereite dich, Zion, mit zärtlichen Trieben"
Johann Sebastian Bach 5:03
5 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 5. Choral: "Wie soll ich dich empfangen"
Johann Sebastian Bach 1:04
6 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 6. Evangelista: "Und sie gebar ihren ersten Sohn"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:21
7 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 7. Choral (Soprani): "Er ist auf Erden kommen arm" / Recitativo (Basso): "Wer will die Liebe recht erhöhn"
Johann Sebastian Bach 2:57
8 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 8. Aria (Basso): "Großer Herr, o starker König"
Johann Sebastian Bach 4:22
9 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 9. Choral: "Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein"
Johann Sebastian Bach 1:20
10 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 10. Sinfonia
Johann Sebastian Bach 5:18
11 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 11. Evangelista: "Und es waren Hirten in dreselben Gegend"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:34
12 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 12. Choral: "Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht"
Johann Sebastian Bach 1:01
13 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 13. Evangelista: "Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen" / Angelus: "Fürchtet euch nicht"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:38
14 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 14. Recitativo (Basso): "Was Gott dem Abraham verheißen"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:42
15 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 15. Aria (Tenore): "Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet"
Johann Sebastian Bach 3:19
16 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 16. Evangelista: "Und das habt zum Zeichen"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:22
17 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 17. Choral: "Schaut hin, dort liegt im finstern Stall"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:39
18 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 18. Receitativo (Basso): "So geht denn hin"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:49
19 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 19. Aria (Alto): "Schlafe, mein Liebster, genieße der Ruh"
Johann Sebastian Bach 9:21
20 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 20. Evangelista: "Und alsobald war da bei dem Engel"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:15
21 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 21. Coro: "Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe"
Johann Sebastian Bach 2:27
22 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 22. Recitativo (Basso): "So recht ihr Engel, jauchzt und singet"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:23
23 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 23. Choral: "Wir singen dir in deinem Heer"
Johann Sebastian Bach 1:17
24 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 24 Coro: "Herrscher des Himmels erhöre das Lallen"
Johann Sebastian Bach 1:51
25 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 25. Evangelista: "Und da die Engel von ihnen gen Himmel fuhren"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:09
26 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 26 Coro: "Lasset uns nun gehen gen Bethlehem"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:39
27 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 27. Recitativo (Basso): "Er hat sein Volk getröst'"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:36
28 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 28 Choral: "Dies hat er alles uns getan"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:44
29 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 29. Duetto (Soprano, Basso): "Herr, dein Mitleid, dein Erbarmen"
Johann Sebastian Bach 6:49
30 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 30. Evangelista: "Und sie kamen eilend"
Johann Sebastian Bach 1:09
31 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 31. Aria (Alto): "Schließe, mein Herze, dies selige Wunder"
Johann Sebastian Bach 4:59
32 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 32. Recitativo (Alto): "Ja, ja, mein Herz soll es bewahren"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:21
33 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 33. Choral: "Ich will dich mit Fleiß bewahren"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:50
34 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 34. Evangelista: "Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:23
35 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 35. Choral: "Seid froh dieweil"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:43
36 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 24. Coro de capo: "Herrscher des Himmels erhöre das Lallen"
Johann Sebastian Bach 1:56
CD 2
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 36. Coro: "Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben"
Johann Sebastian Bach 5:31
2 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 37. Evangelista: "Und da acht Tage um waren"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:32
3 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 38. Recitativo (Basso): "Immanuel, o süßes Wort" / Arioso (Soprani, Basso): "Jesu, du mein liebstes Leben"
Johann Sebastian Bach 2:16
4 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 39. Aria (Soprano, Echo Soprano): "Flößt, mein Heiland, flößt dein Namen"
Johann Sebastian Bach 5:40
5 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 40. Recitativo (Basso): "Wohlan, dein Name soll allein" / Choral (Soprani): "Jesu, meine Freud und Wonne"
Johann Sebastian Bach 1:22
6 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 41. Aria (Tenore): "Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben"
Johann Sebastian Bach 4:23
7 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 42. Choral: "Jesus richte mein Beginnen"
Johann Sebastian Bach 2:10
8 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 43. Coro: "Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen"
Johann Sebastian Bach 5:56
9 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 44. Evangelista: "Da Jesu geboren war zu Bethlehem"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:23
10 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 45. Coro: "Wo is der neugeborene König der Jüden" / Recitativo (Alto): "Sucht ihn in meiner Brust"
Johann Sebastian Bach 1:40
11 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 46. Choral: "Dein Glanz all Finsternis verzehrt"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:45
12 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 47. Aria (Basso): "Erleucht auch meine finstre Sinnen"
Johann Sebastian Bach 3:59
13 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 48. Evangelista: "Da das der König Herodes hörte"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:12
14 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 49. Recitativo (Alto): "Warum wollt ihr erschrecken"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:30
15 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 50. Evangelista: "Und ließ versammlen alle Hohepriester"
Johann Sebastian Bach 1:24
16 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 51. Terzetto (Soprano, Alto, Tenore): "Ach, wenn wird die Zeit erscheinen"
Johann Sebastian Bach 5:34
17 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 52. Recitativo (Alto): "Mein Liebster herrschet schon"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:25
18 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 53. Choral: "Zwar ist solche Herzensstube"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:55
19 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 54. Coro: "Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben"
Johann Sebastian Bach 4:59
20 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 55. Evangelista: "Da berief Herodes die Weisen heimlish" / Herodes: "Ziehet hin und forschet fleißig"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:42
21 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 56. Recitativo (Soprano): "Du Falscher, suche nur den Herrn zu fällen"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:57
22 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 57. Aria (Soprano): "Nur ein Wink von seinen Händen"
Johann Sebastian Bach 4:25
23 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 58. Evangelista: "Als sie nun den König gehöret hatten"
Johann Sebastian Bach 1:02
24 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 59. Choral: "Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier"
Johann Sebastian Bach 1:02
25 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 60. Evangelista: "Und Gott befahl ihnen im Traum"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:23
26 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 61. Recitativo (Tenore): "So geht! Genug, mein Schatz geht nicht von hie"
Johann Sebastian Bach 1:52
27 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 62. Aria (Tenore): "Nun mögt ihr stolzen Feinde schrecken"
Johann Sebastian Bach 3:59
28 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 63. Recitativo (Soprano, Alto, Tenore, Basso): "Was will der Höllen Schrecken nun"
Johann Sebastian Bach 0:37
29 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no. 64. Choral: "Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen"
Johann Sebastian Bach 3:26

Credits

CD 1

composed in:
Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany (1734 – 1735) (tracks 1–35)
premiered in:
Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany (1734-12-25) (tracks 1–9)
Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany (1734-12-26) (tracks 10–23)
trumpet:
Crispian Steele‐Perkins (1987-01) (track 8)
flute:
Lisa Beznosiuk (1987-01) (track 15)
oboe d'amore:
Valerie Darke (1987-01) (track 29)
Anthony Robson (oboist) (1987-01) (track 29)
alto vocals:
Anne Sofie von Otter (1987-01) (tracks 3–4, 19, 31–32)
balance engineer:
Karl-August Naegler (Balance engineer) (tracks 1, 24)
bass vocals:
Olaf Bär (tracks 1, 24)
Olaf Bär (1987-01) (tracks 7–8, 14, 18, 22, 27, 29)
choir vocals:
Monteverdi Choir (1987-01) (tracks 1, 5, 9, 12, 17, 21, 23–24, 26, 28, 33, 35–36)
composer:
Johann Sebastian Bach (German Baroque period composer & musician) (tracks 1–36)
conductor:
John Eliot Gardiner (1987-01) (tracks 1–36)
librettist:
Johann von Rist (1641) (track 12)
lyricist:
Paul Gerhardt (17th century hymn writer) (tracks 17, 33)
Martin Luther (German theologian of the Reformation) (track 28)
orchestra:
English Baroque Soloists (1987-01) (tracks 1–36)
producer:
Karl-August Naegler (Balance engineer) (tracks 1, 24)
soprano vocals:
Nancy Argenta (1987-01) (track 29)
Monteverdi Choir (1987-01) (track 7)
soprano vocals [Angel]:
Ruth Holton (1987-01) (track 13)
tenor vocals:
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tracks 1, 24)
Hans Peter Blochwitz (1987-01) (track 15)
tenor vocals [Evangelist]:
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (1987-01) (tracks 2, 6, 11, 13, 16, 20, 25, 30, 34)
phonographic copyright by:
Polydor International GmbH (not for release label use!) (1987) (tracks 1, 24)
recorded at:
compiled in:
part of:
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 80) (track 12)
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 110) (track 28)
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 323) (track 17)
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 335) (track 33)
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 381) (track 35)
arrangements:
Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248: Teil II, X. Sinfonia (catch-all for arrangements) (track 10)
is based on:
is the basis for:
later translated versions:
part of:
recording of:

CD 2

composed in:
Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany (1734 – 1735) (tracks 1–29)
violin [Baroque violin]:
Alison Bury (1987-01) (track 6)
Maya Homburger (1987-01) (track 6)
oboe:
Anthony Robson (oboist) (1987-01) (track 4)
oboe d'amore:
Valerie Darke (1987-01) (track 27)
Anthony Robson (oboist) (1987-01) (tracks 12, 27)
alto vocals:
Anne Sofie von Otter (1987-01) (tracks 10, 14, 16–17, 28)
balance engineer:
Recording Engineer Karl-August Naegler (Balance engineer) (track 8)
bass vocals:
Olaf Bär (track 8)
Olaf Bär (1987-01) (tracks 3, 5, 12, 28)
choir vocals:
Monteverdi Choir (1987-01) (tracks 1, 7–8, 10–11, 18–19, 24, 29)
composer:
Johann Sebastian Bach (German Baroque period composer & musician) (tracks 1–29)
conductor:
John Eliot Gardiner (1987-01) (tracks 1–29)
lyricist:
Paul Gerhardt (17th century hymn writer) (tracks 24, 29)
Georg Weissel (17th century hymn writer) (track 11)
orchestra:
English Baroque Soloists (1987-01) (tracks 1–29)
producer:
Recording Engineer Karl-August Naegler (Balance engineer) (track 8)
soprano vocals:
Nancy Argenta (1987-01) (tracks 4, 16, 21–22, 28)
Monteverdi Choir (1987-01) (tracks 3, 5)
soprano vocals [Echo]:
Katie Pringle (Soprano) (1987-01) (track 4)
tenor vocals:
Hans Peter Blochwitz (1987-01) (tracks 6, 16, 26–28)
tenor vocals [Evangelist]:
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (1987-01) (tracks 2, 9, 13, 15, 20, 23, 25)
phonographic copyright by:
Polydor International GmbH (not for release label use!) (1987) (track 8)
recorded at:
part of:
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 114) (track 18)
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 165) (track 29)
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 214) (track 11)
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 263) (track 24)
arrangements:
is based on:
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein (more 'sostenuto' version) (track 24)
part of:
recording of: