Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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The sixth and final portion of Bach's Christmas Oratorio begins with brilliance. Hear it all, this week on The Bach Hour.

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Bach weaves a story of subversion of authority in Part 5 of the Christmas Oratorio, depicting the journey of the Magi. Listen now.

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The Christmas story is one of dramatic and miraculous events - and it's also a story about people and human nature. The third part of Bach's Christmas Oratorio takes us into the soul of one of the central characters in the story. Hear it this week on the Bach Hour.

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On the program:

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (attr. Martin Luther) - Julia Gooding, soprano

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland after BWV 659 - His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts, Timothy Roberts, director

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Part I (translation) - Christine Schäfer, soprano;  Bernarda Fink, alto;  Werner Güra, tenor (Evangelist);  Gerald Finley, bass;  Arnold Schoenberg Choir and Concentus Musicus of Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor

Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 1043 - Julia Fischer and Alexander Sitkovetsky, violins;  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Catrin Finch
Sven Sindt

On the program:

Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (arr. Busoni) - Nikolai Demidenko, piano

Cantata BWV 61 Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland [I] (translation) - Christine Schäfer, soprano;  Werner Güra, tenor;  Gerald Finley;  bass;  Arnold Schoenberg Choir & Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (excerpts;  trans. Catrin Finch) - Catrin Finch, harp