A sumptuous sacred work by the Kantor of Leipzig, with the London Philharmonic under the baton of its conductor Vladimir Jurowski.
Vladimir Jurowski © Sheila Rock
Cantatas No.1, 2 and 3, BWV 248
Maria Keohane soprano
Anke Vondung mezzo-soprano
Jeremy Ovenden tenor
Stephan Loges bass-baritone
Vladimir Jurowski direction
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Choir
Approximate running time
1st part : 1h - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 30mn
Originally divided into six sections – or cantatas – as it was intended to be performed in Leipzig over the six days of the Christmas season, the work follows a single narrative thread. It begins with the birth of Jesus and ends with the adoration of the Magi. The work derives much of its strength from the power of the text, which draws heavily on the Gospels of St Luke and St Matthew. Along with the Mass in B minor, the score of the Christmas Oratorio reveals Bach at his most accomplished, in orchestral passages and writing for soloists alike.
Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Concert chanté en allemand, surtitré en français