Bach: Christmas Oratorio – St. Thomas Choir Leipzig

Author: Accentus Music GmbH

Live from St. Thomas Church, the complete oratorio with the Gewandhausorchester & star soloists under the baton of Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz.

  • Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gotthold Schwarz | Copyright: © Accentus Music GmbH

    Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gotthold Schwarz © Accentus Music GmbH

In December 2018 at the St. Thomas Church Leipzig Accentus will be live recording the complete version of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the St. Thomas Choir Leipzig, the Gewandhausorchester, a star-studded soloist cast and Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz

“Jauchzet, frohlocket!”
For many people, the introductory trumpet and timpani sounds of the Christmas Oratorio are just as much a part of Christmas as the festive meal on Christmas Day. Johann Sebastian Bach's famous six cantatas are undoubtedly among the most popular and most commonly known works of music of all time.

Written for the St. Thomas Choir Leipzig and performed for the first time between Christmas Day 1734 and Epiphany 1735 in St. Thomas Church and St. Nicholas’ Church in Leipzig under the direction of the Thomaskantor himself, this music has been an integral part of the choir’s calendar ever since. In 2018, under the direction of Bach‘s 17th successor Gotthold Schwarz, the St. Thomas Choir and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig continue this tradition together with an internationally renowned ensemble of soloists.

If you are interested in joining this project, please let us know.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Cantatas 1-6

St. Thomas Choir Leipzig
Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz

Dorothee Mields, soprano
Elvira Bill, alto
Markus Schäfer, tenor (arias)
Patrick Grahl, tenor (Evangelist)
Klaus Häger, bass

December 14/15/16, 2018
St. Thomas Church Leipzig

Live signal available.



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