Christmas Music At Thomaskirche Leipzig

La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken

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Format: 5CD

Cat No: CHR77475

Release Date:  24 November 2023

Label:  Christophorus

Packaging Type:  Box Set

No of Units:  5

Barcode:  4010072774750

Genres:  Classical  Baroque  

  • Description

    In the Baroque period, Leipzig's Thomaskirche was the most important venue for Protestant church music in Germany.

    Generations of excellent musicians who were highly esteemed in their day have performed here. Apart from the great Johann Sebastian Bach, most of them are now forgotten and known only to outspoken enthusiasts, such as Tobias Michael, Sebastian Knopfer, Johann Schelle or Johann Kuhnau.

    Christmas was celebrated with particular solemnity at St Thomas' Church, and the contrast of this festival, with the quiet cradling of the newborn baby Jesus on the one hand and the solemn, festive character of the heavenly angelic choirs on the other, offered the cantors the opportunity to create the most splendid music with great contrasts.

    Christophorus has compiled a compendium of five CDs of Christmas music at a special price by the Thomaskantors from its archives: two CDs are devoted to the works of Johann Sebastian Bach's predecessors, the other three to the great master's Christmas cantatas and his famous Christmas Oratorio.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Johann Schelle: Machet die Tore weit
      • 8. Tobias Michael: Machet die Tore weit
      • 9. Anonymous: Hymnus Dies est laetitiae
      • 10. Sebastian Knupfer: Dies est laetitiae
      • 16. Johann Caspar Horn: Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit
      • 17. Johann Kuhnau: Frohlocket ihr Volker

      Disc 2

      • 1. Johann Schelle: Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar (Choralkantate)
      • 2. Sebastian Knupfer: Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein
      • 3. Johann Schelle: Actus Musicus auff Weyh-Nachten
      • 6. Johann Kuhnau: Magnificat in C-Dur

      Disc 3

      • 1. JS Bach: Gelobet seist Du, Jesu Christ BWV 91
      • 7. Selig ist der Mann, der Anfechtung erduldet BWV 57
      • 15. Susser Trost, mein Jesus kommt BWV 151
      • 20. Das neugeborne Kindelein BWV 122

      Disc 4

      • 1. JS Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248

      Disc 5

      • 1. Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248 (cont:-)