Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Rating Length
1 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 1: I. Chorus. Jauchzet, frohlocket!
7:59
2 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 1: II. Recitative. Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit (Evangelist)
1:17
3 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 1: III. Recitative. Nun wird mein liebster Bräutigam (Alto)
0:59
4 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 1: IV. Aria. Bereite dich, Zion (Alto)
5:53
5 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 1: V. Chorale. Wie soll ich dich empfangen (Chorus)
1:23
6 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 1: VI. Recitative. Und sie gebar ihren ersten Sohn (Evangelist)
0:23
7 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 1: VII. Chorale. Er ist auf Erden kommen arm (Chorus, Soprano) – Recitative. Wer kann die Liebe recht erhöh’n (Bass)
3:40
8 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 1: VIII. Aria. Großer Herr und starker König (Bass)
5:12
9 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 1: IX. Chorale. Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein (Chorus)
1:14
10 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 2: I. Sinfonia
6:37
11 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 2: II. Recitative. Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend (Evangelist)
0:50
12 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 2: III. Chorale. Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht (Chorus)
1:21
13 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 2: IV. Recitative. Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen. Fürchtet euch nicht (Evangelist, Angel)
0:51
14 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 2: V. Recitative. Was Gott dem Abraham verheißen (Bass)
0:47
15 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 2: VI. Aria. Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet (Tenor)
3:27
16 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 2: VII. Recitative. Und das habt zum Zeichen (Evangelist)
0:23
17 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 2: VIII. Chorale. Schaut hin, dort liegt im finstern Stall (Chorus)
0:46
18 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 2: IX. Recitative. So geht denn hin, ihr Hirten, geht (Bass)
0:57
19 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 2: X. Aria. Schlafe, mein Liebster (Alto)
9:55
20 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 2: XI. Recitative. Und alsobald war da bei dem Engel (Evangelist)
0:13
21 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 2: XII. Chorus. Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe
3:01
22 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 2: XIII. Recitative. So recht, ihr Engel, jauchzt und singet (Bass)
0:27
23 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 2: XIV. Chorale. Wir singen dir in deinem Heer
1:18
CD 2
# Title Rating Length
1 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 3: I. Chorus. Herrscher des Himmels
2:16
2 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 3: II. Recitative. Und da die Engel von ihnen gen Himmel fuhren (Evangelist)
0:09
3 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 3: III. Chorus. Lasset uns nun gehen
0:53
4 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 3: IV. Recitative. Er hat sein Volk getröst’ (Bass)
0:45
5 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 3: V. Chorale. Dies hat er alles uns getan (Chorus)
0:53
6 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 3: VI. Duet. Herr, dein Mitleid (Soprano, Bass)
8:09
7 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 3: VII. Recitative. Und sie kamen eilend (Evangelist)
1:34
8 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 3: VIII. Aria. Schließe, mein Herze, dies selige Wunder (Alto)
5:19
9 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 3: IX. Recitative. Ja, ja, mein Herz soll es bewahren (Alto)
0:27
10 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 3: X. Chorale. Ich will dich mit Fleiß bewahren (Chorus)
1:09
11 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 3: XI. Recitative. Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um (Evangelist)
0:27
12 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 3: XII. Chorale. Seid froh dieweil (Chorus)
0:55
13 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 3: XIII. Chorus, da capo. Herrscher des Himmels
2:16
14 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 4: I. Chorus. Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben
5:39
15 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 4: II. Recitative. Und da acht Tage um waren (Evangelist)
0:33
16 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 4: III. Recitative. Immanuel, o süßes Wort! (Bass) – Arioso. Jesu, du mein liebstes Leben (Bass, Soprano)
2:39
17 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 4: IV. Aria. Flößt, mein Heiland (Soprano, Soprano-Echo)
5:35
18 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 4: V. Recitative. Wohlan, dein Name soll allein (Bass) – Chorale. Jesu, meine Freud’ und Wonne (Chorus-Soprano)
1:40
19 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 4: VI. Aria. Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben (Tenor)
5:38
20 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 4: VII. Chorale. Jesus richte mein Beginnen (Chorus)
2:34
CD 3
# Title Rating Length
1 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 5: I. Chorus. Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen
7:00
2 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 5: II. Recitative. Da Jesus geboren war zu Bethlehem (Evangelist)
0:25
3 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 5: III. Chorus. Wo ist der neugeborne König – Recitative. Sucht ihn in meiner Brust (Soprano)
2:15
4 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 5: IV. Chorale. Dein Glanz all Finsternis verzehrt (Chorus)
1:00
5 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 5: V. Aria. Erleucht auch meine finstre Sinnen (Bass)
4:47
6 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 5: VI. Recitative. Da das der König Herodes hörte (Evangelist)
0:11
7 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 5: VII. Recitative. Warum wollt ihr erschrecken? (Alto)
0:35
8 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 5: VIII. Recitative. Und ließ versammeln alle Hohepriester (Evangelist)
1:27
9 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 5: IX. Trio. Ach, wenn wird die Zeit erscheinen? (Soprano, Alto, Tenor)
5:55
10 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 5: X. Recitative. Mein Liebster herrschet schon (Alto)
0:30
11 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 5: XI. Chorale. Zwar ist solche Herzensstube (Chorus)
1:04
12 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 6: I. Chorus. Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben
5:22
13 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 6: II. Recitative. Da berief Herodes die Weisen heimlich (Evangelist) – Ziehet hin und forschet fleißig (Herod)
0:49
14 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 6: III. Recitative. Du Falscher, suche nur den Herrn zu fällen (Soprano)
1:02
15 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 6: IV. Aria. Nur ein Wink von seinen Händen (Soprano)
3:42
16 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 6: V. Recitative. Als sie nun den König gehöret hatten (Evangelist)
1:22
17 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 6: VI. Chorale. Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier (Chorus)
1:18
18 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 6: VII. Recitative. Und Gott befahl ihnen im Traum (Evangelist)
0:22
19 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 6: VIII. Recitative. So geht! Genug, mein Schatz (Evangelist)
2:07
20 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 6: IX. Aria. Nun mögt ihr stolzen Feinde schrecken (Tenor)
5:01
21 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 6: X. Recitative. Was will der Hölle Schrecken nun (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
0:53
22 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Pt. 6: XI. Chorale. Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen (Chorus)
3:22

Credits

CD 1

composed in:
Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany (1734 – 1735) (tracks 1–23)
premiered in:
Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany (1734-12-25) (tracks 1–9)
Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany (1734-12-26) (tracks 10–23)
alto vocals:
Annelies Burmeister (tracks 3–4, 19)
bass vocals:
Theo Adam (German classical bass-baritone) (tracks 7–8, 14, 18, 22)
choir vocals:
Dresdner Kreuzchor (tracks 1, 5, 9, 12, 17, 21, 23)
composer:
Johann Sebastian Bach (German Baroque period composer & musician) (tracks 1–23)
conductor:
Martin Flämig (tracks 1–23)
librettist:
Johann von Rist (1641) (track 12)
lyricist:
Paul Gerhardt (17th century hymn writer) (track 17)
orchestra:
Dresdner Philharmonie (tracks 1–23)
soprano vocals:
Arleen Augér (track 7)
tenor vocals:
Peter Schreier (tenor) (track 15)
tenor vocals [Evangelist]:
Peter Schreier (tenor) (tracks 2, 6, 11, 13, 16, 20)
recorded at:
Lukaskirche (Dresden) in Dresden, Sachsen, Germany (1974-02) (tracks 1–23)
part of:
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 80) (track 12)
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 323) (track 17)
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 1–20)
alto vocals:
Annelies Burmeister (tracks 8–9)
bass vocals:
Theo Adam (German classical bass-baritone) (tracks 4, 6, 16, 18)
choir vocals:
Dresdner Kreuzchor (tracks 1, 3, 5, 10, 12–14, 20)
composer:
Johann Sebastian Bach (German Baroque period composer & musician) (tracks 1–13, 13–20)
conductor:
Martin Flämig (tracks 1–20)
lyricist:
Paul Gerhardt (17th century hymn writer) (track 10)
Martin Luther (German theologian of the Reformation) (track 5)
orchestra:
Dresdner Philharmonie (tracks 1–20)
soprano vocals:
Arleen Augér (tracks 6, 16–18)
tenor vocals:
Peter Schreier (tenor) (track 19)
tenor vocals [Evangelist]:
Peter Schreier (tenor) (tracks 2, 7, 11, 15)
recorded at:
Lukaskirche (Dresden) in Dresden, Sachsen, Germany (1974-02) (tracks 1–20)
part of:
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 110) (track 5)
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 335) (track 10)
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 381) (track 12)
part of:
Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248 (tracks 1–13, 13–20)
recording of:

CD 3

composed in:
Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany (1734 – 1735) (tracks 1–22)
alto vocals:
Annelies Burmeister (tracks 3, 7, 9–10, 21)
bass vocals:
Theo Adam (German classical bass-baritone) (tracks 5, 8, 13, 21)
choir vocals:
Dresdner Kreuzchor (tracks 1, 3–4, 11–12, 17, 22)
composer:
Johann Sebastian Bach (German Baroque period composer & musician) (tracks 1–22)
conductor:
Martin Flämig (tracks 1–22)
lyricist:
Paul Gerhardt (17th century hymn writer) (tracks 17, 22)
Georg Weissel (17th century hymn writer) (track 4)
orchestra:
Dresdner Philharmonie (tracks 1–22)
soprano vocals:
Arleen Augér (tracks 9, 14–15, 21)
tenor vocals:
Peter Schreier (tenor) (tracks 9, 19–21)
tenor vocals [Evangelist]:
Peter Schreier (tenor) (tracks 2, 6, 8, 13, 16, 18)
recorded at:
Lukaskirche (Dresden) in Dresden, Sachsen, Germany (1974-02) (tracks 1–22)
part of:
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 114) (track 11)
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 165) (track 22)
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 214) (track 4)
Breitkopf 389 Choralgesänge (number: 263) (track 17)
arrangements:
is based on:
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein (more 'sostenuto' version) (track 17)
part of:
recording of: