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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Cantatas for Christmas

The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor) Detailed performer information
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Recording details: Various dates
Various recording venues
Produced by Isabella de Sabata
Engineered by Various engineers
Release date: October 2012
Total duration: 397 minutes 36 seconds

Cover artwork: Burma, Shwedagon Pagoda (2010) by Steve McCurry
 

A glorious collection of cantatas for the Christmas period, taken from the opening and closing concerts in Sir John Eliot Gardiner's epic Bach pilgrimage.

Reviews

'Fresh and incisive, Gardiner’s live performances are an ideal tonic for any winter blues' (The Times)
On Christmas Day 1999 a unique celebration of the new Millennium began in the Herderkirche in Weimar, Germany: The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner set out to perform all Johann Sebastian Bach’s surviving church cantatas in the course of the year 2000, the 250th anniversary of Bach’s death.

The cantatas were performed on the liturgical feasts for which they were composed, in a year-long musical pilgrimage encompassing some of the most beautiful churches throughout Europe (including many where Bach himself performed) and culminating in three concerts in New York over the Christmas festivities at the end of the millennial year. These recordings of cantatas for the Christmas season were made at the beginning and end of the Pilgrimage.

SDG 2012

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