(featuring the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Fritz Lehmann, and the Berlin Motet Choir & RIAS Chamber Choir, directed by Gunther Arndt. Starring : soprano Gunthild Weber ; alto Sieglinde Wagner ; tenor Helmut Krebs ; and, bass Heinz Rehfuss)
Although sung in J S Bach's native German, the English lyrics are printed on the reverse sleeve (sample Photo Four).
The Christmas Oratorio, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) in 1734, for the Christmas Church Festival in Leipzig, has been described by the late & legendary, German musicologist Alfred Durr, as one of the pinnacles of world musical literature. The unity of the complete, six-part version, is surely strengthened by Bach's use of the same, strong melody in both the first part, and also the sixth and final part.
Side One : Excerpts from The Christmas Oratorio, by J S Bach (beginning) :-
1) No.1 Chours 2) No.2 Recitative 3) No.3 Recitative (alto) 4) No.5 Chorale 5) No.6 Recitative 6) No.7 Chorale (women's choir) & Recitative (bass) 7) No.9 Chorale 8) No.10 Symphony (Shepherd's Music).
Side Two : Excerpts from Christmas Oratorio (conclusion) :-
1) No.11 Recitative 2) No.13 Recitative 3) No.16 Recitative 4) No.17 Chorale 5) No.18 Recitative (bass) 6) No.19 Aria (contralto) 7) No.20 Recitative 8) No.21 Chorus 9) No.22 Recitative (bass) 10) No.23 Chorale 11) No.25 Recitative 12) No.26 Chrous 13) No.27 Recitative (bass) 14) No.28 Chorale 15) No.30 Recitative 16) No.59 Chorale 17) No.34 Recitative 18) No.35 Chorale 19) No.24 Chorus.
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) EX+/VG+.