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J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio

Dunedin Consort

J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio

...the must-have recording of 2016
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Chorus. "Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Chorus. "Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
07:51 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Evangelist. "Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Evangelist. "Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Nicholas Mulroy
Band Dunedin Consort
01:25 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Recit. "Nun wird mein liebster Brautigam"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Recit. "Nun wird mein liebster Brautigam"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Clare Wilkinson
Band Dunedin Consort
00:59 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Aria. "Bereite dich, Zion, mit zartlichen Trieben"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Aria. "Bereite dich, Zion, mit zartlichen Trieben"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Clare Wilkinson
Band Dunedin Consort
05:05 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Chorale. "Wie soll ich dich empfangen"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Chorale. "Wie soll ich dich empfangen"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:10 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Evangelist. "Und sie gebar ihren ersten Sohn"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Evangelist. "Und sie gebar ihren ersten Sohn"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Nicholas Mulroy
Band Dunedin Consort
00:27 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Chorale and Recit. "Er ist auf Erden kommen arm – Wer will die Liebe recht erhohn"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Chorale and Recit. "Er ist auf Erden kommen arm – Wer will die Liebe recht erhohn"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Mary Bevan, Matthew Brook
Band Dunedin Consort
02:48 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Aria. "Grober Herr, o starker Konig"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Aria. "Grober Herr, o starker Konig"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Matthew Brook
Band Dunedin Consort
04:24 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Chorale. "Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 1. Chorale. "Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Thomas Hobbs
Band Dunedin Consort
01:11 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Sinfonia

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Sinfonia

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
04:56 Play
11
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Evangelist. "Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Evangelist. "Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Thomas Hobbs
Band Dunedin Consort
00:39 Play
12
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Chorale. "Brich an, o schones Morgenlicht"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Chorale. "Brich an, o schones Morgenlicht"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:08 Play
13
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Evangelist and Angel. "Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen – Furchtet euch nicht"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Evangelist and Angel. "Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen – Furchtet euch nicht"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Thomas Hobbs, Joanne Lunn
Band Dunedin Consort
00:46 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Recit. "Was Gott dem Abraham verheiben"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Recit. "Was Gott dem Abraham verheiben"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Konstantin Wolff
Band Dunedin Consort
00:40 Play
15
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Aria. "Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Aria. "Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Thomas Hobbs
Band Dunedin Consort
03:20 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Evangelist. "Und das habt zum Zeichen"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Evangelist. "Und das habt zum Zeichen"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Thomas Hobbs
Band Dunedin Consort
00:19 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Chorale. "Schaut hin, dort liegt im finstern Stall"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Chorale. "Schaut hin, dort liegt im finstern Stall"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:38 Play
18
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Recit. "So geht denn hin, ihr Hirten, geht"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Recit. "So geht denn hin, ihr Hirten, geht"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Konstantin Wolff
Band Dunedin Consort
00:53 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Aria. "Schlafe, mein Liebster, geniebe der Ruh"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Aria. "Schlafe, mein Liebster, geniebe der Ruh"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Ciara Hendrick
Band Dunedin Consort
09:00 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Evangelist. "Und alsobald war da bei dem Engel"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Evangelist. "Und alsobald war da bei dem Engel"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Thomas Hobbs
Band Dunedin Consort
00:12 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Chorus of Angels. "Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Chorus of Angels. "Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:41 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Recit. "So recht, ihr Engel, jauchzt und singet"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Recit. "So recht, ihr Engel, jauchzt und singet"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Konstantin Wolff
Band Dunedin Consort
00:22 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Chorale. "Wir singen dir in deinem Heer"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 2. Chorale. "Wir singen dir in deinem Heer"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:16 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Chorus. "Herrscher des Himmels, erhore das Lallen"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Chorus. "Herrscher des Himmels, erhore das Lallen"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:55 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Evangelist. "Und da die Engel von ihnen gen Himmel fuhren"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Evangelist. "Und da die Engel von ihnen gen Himmel fuhren"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Nicholas Mulroy
Band Dunedin Consort
00:08 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Chorus of Shepherds. "Lasset uns nun gehen gen Bethlehem"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Chorus of Shepherds. "Lasset uns nun gehen gen Bethlehem"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:44 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Recit. "Er hat sein Volk getrost’"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Recit. "Er hat sein Volk getrost’"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Mattew Brook
Band Dunedin Consort
00:40 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Chorale. "Dies hat er alles uns getan"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Chorale. "Dies hat er alles uns getan"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:45 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Aria. "Herr, dein Mitleid, dein Erbarmen"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Aria. "Herr, dein Mitleid, dein Erbarmen"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Mary Bevan, Matthew Brook
Band Dunedin Consort
07:31 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Evangelist. "Und sie kamen eilend"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Evangelist. "Und sie kamen eilend"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Nicholas Mulroy
Band Dunedin Consort
01:18 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Aria. "Schliebe, mein Herze, dies selige Wunder"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Aria. "Schliebe, mein Herze, dies selige Wunder"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Clare Wilkinson
Band Dunedin Consort
05:17 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Recit. "Ja, ja, mein Herz soll es bewahren"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Recit. "Ja, ja, mein Herz soll es bewahren"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Clare Wilkinson
Band Dunedin Consort
00:28 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Chorale. "Ich will dich mit Fleib bewahren"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Chorale. "Ich will dich mit Fleib bewahren"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:52 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Evangelist. "Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Evangelist. "Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Nicholas Mulroy
Band Dunedin Consort
00:21 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Chorale. "Seid froh dieweil"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Chorale. "Seid froh dieweil"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:45 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Chorus da capo. "Herrscher des Himmels, erhore das Lallen"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 3. Chorus da capo. "Herrscher des Himmels, erhore das Lallen"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:02 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 4. Chorus. "Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 4. Chorus. "Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
05:40 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 4. Evangelist. "Und da acht Tage um waren"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 4. Evangelist. "Und da acht Tage um waren"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Thomas Hobbs
Band Dunedin Consort
00:31 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 4. Recit and Chorale. "Immanuel, o subes Wort! – Jesu, du mein liebstes Leben"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 4. Recit and Chorale. "Immanuel, o subes Wort! – Jesu, du mein liebstes Leben"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Konstantin Wolff, Joanne Lunn
Band Dunedin Consort
02:31 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 4. Aria. "Flobt, mein Heiland, flobt dein Namen"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 4. Aria. "Flobt, mein Heiland, flobt dein Namen"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Joanne Lunn, Rachel Redmond
Band Dunedin Consort
04:56 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 4. Recit and Chorale. "Wohlan, dein Name soll allein – Jesu, meine Freud und Wonne"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 4. Recit and Chorale. "Wohlan, dein Name soll allein – Jesu, meine Freud und Wonne"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Konstantin Wolff, Joanne Lunn
Band Dunedin Consort
01:33 Play
42
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 4. Aria. "Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 4. Aria. "Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Thomas Hobbs
Band Dunedin Consort
04:26 Play
43
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 4. Chorale. "Jesus richte mein Beginnen"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 4. Chorale. "Jesus richte mein Beginnen"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:47 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Chorus. "Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Chorus. "Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
06:25 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Evangelist. "Da Jesus geboren war zu Bethlehem"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Evangelist. "Da Jesus geboren war zu Bethlehem"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Thomas Hobbs
Band Dunedin Consort
00:23 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Chorus of Wise Men and Recit. "Wo ist der neugeborne Konig? – Sucht ihn in meiner Brust"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Chorus of Wise Men and Recit. "Wo ist der neugeborne Konig? – Sucht ihn in meiner Brust"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:49 Play
47
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Chorale. "Dein Glanz all Finsternis verzehrt"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Chorale. "Dein Glanz all Finsternis verzehrt"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:48 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Aria. "Erleucht auch meine finstre Sinnen"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Aria. "Erleucht auch meine finstre Sinnen"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Konstantin Wolff
Band Dunedin Consort
04:00 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Evangelist. "Da das der Konig Herodes horte"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Evangelist. "Da das der Konig Herodes horte"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Thomas Hobbs
Band Dunedin Consort
00:12 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Recit. "Warum wollt ihr erschrecken?"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Recit. "Warum wollt ihr erschrecken?"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Ciara Hendrick
Band Dunedin Consort
00:32 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Evangelist. "Und lieb versammlen alle Hohepriester"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Evangelist. "Und lieb versammlen alle Hohepriester"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Thomas Hobbs
Band Dunedin Consort
01:21 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Aria. "Ach, wenn wird die Zeit erscheinen?"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Aria. "Ach, wenn wird die Zeit erscheinen?"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Joanne Lunn, Ciara Hendrick, Thomas Hobbs
Band Dunedin Consort
05:17 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Recit. "Mein Liebster herrschet schon"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Recit. "Mein Liebster herrschet schon"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Ciara Hendrick
Band Dunedin Consort
00:29 Play
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Chorale. "Zwar ist solche Herzensstube"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 5. Chorale. "Zwar ist solche Herzensstube"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:51 Play
55
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Chorus. "Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Chorus. "Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
04:47 Play
56
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Evangelist and Herod. "Da berief Herodes – Ziehet hin und forschet fleibig"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Evangelist and Herod. "Da berief Herodes – Ziehet hin und forschet fleibig"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Matthew Brook
Band Dunedin Consort
00:45 Play
57
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Recit. "Du Falscher, suche nur den Herrn zu fallen"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Recit. "Du Falscher, suche nur den Herrn zu fallen"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Mary Bevan
Band Dunedin Consort
01:01 Play
58
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Aria. "Nur ein Wink von seinen Handen"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Aria. "Nur ein Wink von seinen Handen"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Mary Bevan
Band Dunedin Consort
03:40 Play
59
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Evangelist. "Als sie nun den Konig gehoret hatten"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Evangelist. "Als sie nun den Konig gehoret hatten"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Nicholas Mulroy
Band Dunedin Consort
01:19 Play
60
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Chorale. "Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Chorale. "Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:05 Play
61
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Evangelist. "Und Gott befahl ihnen im Traum"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Evangelist. "Und Gott befahl ihnen im Traum"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Nicholas Mulroy
Band Dunedin Consort
00:26 Play
62
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Recit. "So geht! Genug, mein Schatz geht nicht von hier"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Recit. "So geht! Genug, mein Schatz geht nicht von hier"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Nicholas Mulroy
Band Dunedin Consort
01:56 Play
63
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Aria. "Nun mogt ihr stolzen Feinde schrecken"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Aria. "Nun mogt ihr stolzen Feinde schrecken"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Nicholas Mulroy
Band Dunedin Consort
03:58 Play
64
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Recit. "Was will der Hollen Schrecken nun"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Recit. "Was will der Hollen Schrecken nun"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Soloist Mary Bevan, Clare Wilkinson, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook
Band Dunedin Consort
00:42 Play
65
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Chorale. "Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen"

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Cantata No. 6. Chorale. "Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen"

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
03:13 Play
Total Running Time 141 minutes
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Following the huge success of 2015's Magnificat & Christmas Cantata, Dunedin Consort releases its eagerly awaited follow up, Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

Also available: Digital Deluxe Version (includes bonus content and booklet with German translation.)
Dunedin Consort

Dunedin Consort

Under the direction of John Butt OBE, the ensemble has become particularly acclaimed for its inquisitive approach, shining new light into some of the best known pieces of the baroque repertoire, winning two Gramophone Awards along the way.

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

Considered by many to be the supreme composer of the Baroque style, and regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.
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John Butt

John Butt

John Butt is Gardiner Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow and musical director of Edinburgh's Dunedin Consort.
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5 stars 'It's surely one of the finest accounts now available of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The choral sound is pert, sinewy, unforced; the instrumental playing is punchy, broad and charismatic.' The Guardian

5 Stars'John Butt's Dunedin Consort does it again. This red hot interpretation of the six cantatas that make up Bach's Christmas Oratorio holds the attention from the word go. The opening chorus, Jauchzet frohlocket, hits you like a lightning bolt, Butt's infectious energy and exhilarating musicianship infusing Bach's joyous music with utterly compelling brilliance.' The Scotsman

'This absolutely essential recording is seventh heaven.' The Herald Scotland


Anticipation is high since the Magnificat was named 'Choice' by Gramophone, topped the critics' Christmas recommendation lists and received multiple five-star reviews. Fans will once again be thrilled, as John Butt delivers another revelatory performance.

Dunedin's acclaimed soloists are Mary Bevan, Clare Wilkinson, Nicholas Mulroy and Matthew Brook (Cantatas 1, 3, 6); and Joanne Lunn, Ciara Hendrick, Thomas Hobbs and Konstantin Wolff (Cantatas 2, 4, 5).

Butt applies his extensive knowledge of Bach's performing practices to present the range of choral scoring that Bach seems to have used, realizing something of the implications of the composer's performing conditions and decisions.

Ideally positioned to become the must-have Christmas recording of 2016, this seasonal favourite is a welcome addition to the Dunedin Consort's already enviable catalogue.

View the booklet in full here.

 

Go behind the scenes of the recording of the Christmas Oratorio with director John Butt. 

Christmas Oratorio video 

 

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4 Stars
AUDIOphile Pearls: „Entfaltet der anerkannte Bach-Dirigent Transparenz, Drive und große Textverständlichkeit. Musikalisch ist Butts federnder, tänzerischer Ansatz fraglos reizvoll.''
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,,Der Chor und die Solisten singen ebenso lebendig wie schnörkellos. Komplettiert wird der Hörgenuss durch die Klangqualität - sondern einfach nur anrührend und mitreißend.''
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The Sunday Times
'This is a beautifully crafted performance...There's an easy flow to the tempos and the glowing singing of the arias is matched by deeply impressive instrumental obbligatos.'
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The Observer
Best classical Christmas releases 2016: 'Dunedin Consort's first-rate Christmas Oratorio, already released to rapturous reviews and in a class all its own.'


The Arts Desk
The Year's Best Seasonal Releases: 'The Dunedin Consort's playing is full of character...exceptionally good, and beautifully presented.'
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The Bloomington Herald
'Features Butt's stunning Dunedin Consort and a delicious-to-hear set of soloists...the cantatas are performed with welcome energy, clarity and attention to period detail.'
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Financial Times
4 Stars
'John Butt and his Dunedin Consort's performance gives the composer's Christmas fare a seasonal sparkle.'
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NDR
CD der Woche: "Mit Pauken und Trompeten begrüßt Johann Sebastian Bach die Geburt des Christkindes. Die neue Aufnahme verbindet diesen festlichen Glanz mit tänzerischem Schwung und Präzision. Der Dirigent John Butt versprüht die Freudenfunken mit einer kleinen Orchesterbesetzung. Butt begreift das Stück als erweiterte Kammermusik, der Klang bleibt immer durchsichtig und klar. / CD of the Week: 'Johann Sebastian Bach welcomes the birth of the Christ Child with timpani and trumpets. The new recording combines this festive glow with dancing swing and precision. Butt comprehends the piece as an extended chamber music, the sound always remains transparent and clear.'
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MusicWeb International
'John Butt and his team have once again opened my ears to a fresh crystal-clear interpretation of Bach...Were it not too late, this would have been one of my Recordings of the Year.'
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High Res Mac
"Frohes Fest"
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The New Yorker
Notable Performances and Recordings of 2016


Berliner Zeitung
Die Alben zum Weihnachtsfest: „Die Klangqualität des „Christmas Oratorio" mit dem schottischen Dunedin Consort verführt mehr als zwei Stunden lang den Hörer zum genussvollen Lauschen - und das nicht nur zur Weihnachtszeit." / The Albums for Christmas: 'The sound quality of the "Christmas Oratorio" with the Scottish Dunedin Consort seduces the listener for more than two hours to enjoy listening - and not just at Christmas time.'
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musica Dei donum
'The playing is of the highest level. Especially the players of the brass deserve praise for their efforts.'


Concerto
Oratorio: „Das ergibt insgesamt einen entspannten, bassbetonten und doch transparenten Ensembleklang mit einem ungewohnt strahlenden Hör­nerklang...Alle singen und spielen mit großer Ausstrahlung... etwa die liebevoll vokal-in­strumental aufgefächerte Rhetorik in den Chören der Engel, Hirten und Weisen.'' / Magnificat: „Überhaupt präsentiert sich die Aufnahme in einem warmen, abgerundeten Klangbild''
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Limelight Magazine
The Limelight Magazine Christmas Gift Guide: Pick for Christmas morning
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
Eight Christmas CDs for the 2016 Holidays: 'John Butt has rendered a sparkling and energetic performance of this work.'
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Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger
„Insgesamt ist die Produktion hochprofessionell..."
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De Standaard
5 Stars
„Een plaat die onder de kerstboom moet.” / 'A disc which needs to be placed under the Christmas tree.'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'It's exciting. It's a real authentic sound. Joanne Lunn is a standout soprano. She's precise and she's warm and she makes the Echo Aria in the Fourth Cantata work...Her colleague Matthew Brook (bass), has exactly the weight and graininess for the rollicking trumpet aria in the First Cantata. It's been well and intelligently recorded.'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'This Christmas Oratorio is another mightily successful feather in [Butt's] cap. His small but perfectly formed team of experts, make a crack team when it comes to this music...there is a tremendous sense of excitement in this performance. A marvellous seasonal gift.'
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AllMusic
'Butt's solution is both clever and musically solid. Further, his mostly Scottish soloists add personality to the music and are worth hearing in themselves...This is a performance in which intelligent, small decisions cohere into a persuasive larger whole.'
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InfoDad
4 Stars
'This [recording] is transcendent, in the sense that it encapsulates the meaning of Christmas...there are ample reasons to turn again and again [to it] for enjoyment inextricably woven with enlightenment.'
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Early Music Today
4 Stars
'The cycle gets off to a splendid start, with the opening chorus introduced by thrillingly incisive timpani and the trumpets sequentially tumbling over themselves with excitement. In the central section luminous, madrigalian textures remind us just why one-voice-per-part seems so inevitably right for this music.'
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Crescendo
,,Ein richtiger Musikliebhaber wird den Advent nicht ohne eine gute Prise Weihnachtsoratorium begehen wollen. Unter den diesjährigen Neueinspielungen lohnt sich beispielsweise die des Dunedin Consorts.''
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KMT
”Helt naturligt blev den nyligen släppta friskt glänsande inspelningen...strålande solistprestationer som i Juloratoriet i en ljuvlig återgivning av Juldagens.”
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Gramophone
'Common to all Butt's Bach is an irresistible brightness and freshness, a clarity that fascinates the ear with internal detail, and a glowing sound...this latest gift from the Dunedin Consort is one to go under the tree.'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'John Butt's spruced up Christmas Oratorio has the same sense of freshness as previous releases...'
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Vårt Land
5 Stars
KLASSIKER: «Ingen jul uten Johann Sebastian Bachs Juleoratorium».
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Schreibwolff
,,erschienen zeigt es dem Hörer eine äußerst transparent musizierte Version der Bachschen Festmusik''


Early Music Review
5 Stars
'John Butt's Christmas Oratorio with the Dunedins is splendid, from the crisp and perfectly tuned opening timpani strokes onward, and I hope it will sweep all before it as this Christmas' "must-have" for all EMR readers.'
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El arte de la fuga
« Si le apetece disfrutar esta música maravillosa con postulados minimalistas de primerísima calidad, ésta es su opción. No defraudará a nadie cualesquiera que sean sus gustos o manías interpretativas. »
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Rondo
,,...schöner Momente beglückend ausgelassenen Musizierens...'' / 'some beautiful moments of gleefully exuberant music'


MusicWeb International
'You'll find much to admire and enjoy in this excellent performance. Cantata One gets off to a splendid start, the trio of trumpets sparkling. In Cantata Four, the instruments make a super contribution to the opening chorus and since the singing of the quartet is excellent, this movement is a highlight of the whole set. The Linn sound is excellent.'
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Andrew Benson-Wilson
'With a distinguished group of period instrumentalists, and some outstanding vocal soloists, this is one of the most impressive interpretations I have heard. The singing is superb throughout...'
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BBC Radio 3 'In Tune'
'Absolutely love that recording...the whole recording is absolutely glittering. There's that sense of really infectious energy that hits you on this recording from the off...Let's hear some more of what promises to be one the essential recordings of the year.'


Scotsman
5 Stars
'John Butt's Dunedin Consort does it again. This red hot interpretation of the six cantatas that make up Bach's Christmas Oratorio holds the attention from the word go. The opening chorus, Jauchzet frohlocket, hits you like a lightning bolt, Butt's infectious energy and exhilarating musicianship infusing Bach's joyous music with utterly compelling brilliance.'
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Europadisc
'Above all, it's the sense of committed yet un-posturing devotion and sheer joy that makes this performance so extraordinarily successful. Beautifully recorded and presented, and fastidiously researched, it's hard to imagine the Christmas Oratorio being better served than this.'
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The Herald Scotland
'This absolutely essential recording is seventh heaven.'
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McAlister Matheson Music
'This is a fabulous recording...guaranteed to fulfil even the highest expectations!'
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The Guardian
5 Stars
'It's surely one of the finest accounts now available of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The choral sound is pert, sinewy, unforced; the instrumental playing is punchy, broad and charismatic.'
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Classical CD Choice
'This splendid new release is virtually an exemplar of how period practice aligned with sharp and energetic performance can ensure a very familiar piece comes up fresh as paint.'
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01 November 2017 to 01 November 2017
Europe
TBC, Hamburg, Germany Europe


15 December 2017 to 15 December 2017
Scotland
Perth Concert Hall, Perth Scotland United Kingdom
Christmas Oratorio

16 December 2017 to 16 December 2017
England, London
Wigmore Hall, London England United Kingdom
Christmas Oratorio

19 December 2017 to 19 December 2017
Scotland
Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh Scotland United Kingdom
Messiah

20 December 2017 to 20 December 2017
Scotland
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow Scotland United Kingdom
Messiah

23 March 2018 to 23 March 2018
Scotland
Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh Scotland United Kingdom
Matthew Passion

25 March 2018 to 25 March 2018
England, London
Wigmore Hall, London England United Kingdom
Matthew Passion

26 March 2018 to 02 April 2018
Europe
TBC, Poland Europe
Krakow Easter Festival

04 April 2018 to 04 April 2018
Scotland
CCA Theatre, Glasgow Scotland United Kingdom


05 April 2018 to 05 April 2018
Scotland
TBC, Inverness Scotland United Kingdom


06 April 2018 to 06 April 2018
Scotland
Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh Scotland United Kingdom


27 May 2018 to 27 May 2018
Europe
Handel Festpiele, Halle, Germany Europe
B Minor Mass

20 June 2018 to 20 June 2018
Scotland
Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh Scotland United Kingdom
B Minor Mass

21 June 2018 to 21 June 2018
England, London
Wigmore Hall, London England United Kingdom
B Minor Mass