Thursday 16 December 19:30
Thursday 16 December, 19.30 at Åsane Kulturhus
Further concert dates TBA
Wednesday 22 December 19:30
‘There is no more life-giving, joy-enhancing experience in Bach’s music than a great performance of the Christmas Oratorio’ wrote the composer’s biographer Nicholas Kenyon in 2011.
It was in 1734 that Bach turned to the creation of an oratorio in six parts that would span the two weeks of Christmas and New Year. As was Bach’s standard method, the work would consist of a compendium of some of his greatest recent music, adapted for the occasion.
The Christmas Oratorio opens with frolicking drums and choirs and goes on to include touching arias, tremendous choruses, an exquisite Pastoral Symphony and operatic ensembles in praise of the newborn baby. This is music that takes the hopefulness of Christmas to the highest level of exaltation, puncturing the winter gloom.
Regular guest Jan Willem de Vriend leads these performances of Parts 1-3 of Bach’s great work.