Dorothee Mields (soprano), Damien Guillon (countertenor), Thomas Hobbs (tenor), Peter Kooij (bass), Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)
Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio is among the most famous of Christmas works. The six cantatas, written by Bach for performances during the services from Christmas to the Epiphany, are now performed worldwide during the festive season. This DVD contains an outstanding recording from the Salle Henry Le Boeuf in the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels made in December 2012 with the internationally-renowned Bach expert Philippe Herreweghe, winner of the Bach-Medal, the Collegium Vocale and superb soloists Dorothee Mields, Damien Guillon, Thomas Hobbs, and Peter Kooij. The Christmas Oratorio is an outstanding example of a 'parody' work, which means that Bach drew on previously composed music and adapted it for its new purpose. This practice was common during the Baroque period (indeed his great Mass in B Minor is also a 'parody' work).
JS Bach Weihnachts-Oratorium 'Christmas Oratorio' BWV248 - Jauchzet frohlocket auf preiset die Tage (Cantata for Christmas Day), Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend (Cantata for the Second Day of Christmas), Herrscher des Himmels erhore das Lallen (Cantata for the Third Day of Christmas), Fallt mit Danken fallt mit Loben (Cantata for New Year's Day / Feast of the Circumcision), Ehre sei dir Gott gesungen (Cantata the Sunday after New Year), Herr wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben (Cantata for the Feast of Epiphany)
Running Time: 2 hr 33 min
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese
Region code: 0 (worldwide)