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    Christmas Oratorio

    There is little music that overflows with such festive joy as the opening of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, with its brash theme on the timpani, the trumpet’s rising fanfare and the orchestra glittering like clouds of falling confetti. Bach’s keen attention to musical detail leaves no doubt that he was depicting nothing other than God’s descent to Earth, a conscious effort that serves only to augment the wondrousness of this music. In this work that focuses on the joyous birth of the Saviour, Bach still makes multiple references to his tragic demise and to mankind’s salvation, such as the quoting of the passion-tide chorale so familiar to us from the St. Matthew Passion. These many musical intricacies are what allow us to be surprised again and again by the Christmas Oratorio. Bach created a close-knit unity from six separate cantatas for various church services surrounding the celebration of Christmas, a true liturgical innovation when it premiered in Leipzig in the winter of 1734-35. Due to the major interest expressed previous years, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and Cappella Amsterdam will be giving not one, but two performances of the Christmas Oratorio in the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ. The CD recording by the same performers achieved gold status in 2009. Seize this opportunity to experience a live performance!

    Johann Sebastian Bach  (1685 - 1750) 
    Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 249

    Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
    Cappella Amsterdam

    Andreas Weller Evangelist
    Lenneke Ruiten soprano
    Cécile van de Sant alt
    Albert ter Doest tenor
    Panajotis Iconomou bass

    Jan Willem de Vriend conductor


    20 December 2012
    Grote Kerk Church, Naarden
    21 December 2012
    22 December 2012