Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Cantata No. 5

Played works

Johann Sebastian Bach Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248, V. Teil: Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen


In his Christmas Oratorio, Johann Sebastian Bach incorporated successful music from earlier works he had composed for special occasions, such as coronations and royal birthdays. By giving a place in the liturgical repertoire to previously composed choruses and arias, Bach ensured the survival of some of his very finest treasures for posterity. The result is a six-section monumental work of art – two and a half hours of sacred music full of drama and reflection.