The Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, was written in 1734 and incorporates music from earlier compositions, including three secular cantatas written during 1733 and 1734 and a largely lost church cantata, BWV 248a.
In Europe and the United States, it is as popular as Handel’s Messiah is in New Zealand and can be heard everywhere during the Christmas season.
The composition is in six parts, of which Bach Musica NZ will perform the first three in this concert.
Three majestic trumpets, virtuoso choruses and colourful solo arias for vocal and instrumental soloists alike are abundant in this fantastic composition.
Enjoy a true Christmas spirit!