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Magnificat: Cantatas for Christmas | Oxford Bach Soloists

Tuesday December 24, 2019 at 17:00
New College Chapel, Oxford
£25, £20 (Oxford Uni alumni), £10 (student), free for under 18s
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  1. Cantata No 119, 'Preise Jerusalem, den Herrn' BWV 119 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Cantata No 63, 'Christen, ätzet diesen Tag' BWV63 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Cantata No 64, 'Sehet, welch eine Liebe' BWV 64 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  4. Magnificat in E flat BWV 243a - Johann Sebastian Bach

Bach’s first Christmas in Leipzig comes with an explosion of festive music. After Advent’s ‘tempus clausum’ (closed period), Bach laid on nine major pieces for his singers and instrumentalists to master, including the Magnificat in E flat major, more commonly heard in its later D major version.

First performed on Christmas Day in St Nicholas’s with his very grand Cantata 63, it was repeated on St Stephen’s Day (26 Dec) in St Thomas’s. On the Third Day of Christmas Bach performed Cantata 64, a reflection of sheer wonder and joy at the birth of Christ.

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