conducted by Shunske Sato

Christmas Oratorio

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Christmas Oratorio Christmas Oratorio

The background

Christmas Oratorio

Royal music becomes a festive soundtrack for Christmas. Come and hear Shunske Sato’s debut conducting one of the great works by Bach.

Royal music as a festive soundtrack.“

With rejoicing angels, excited shepherds and a generous dash of maternal love, Bach joined in the Christmas tradition, making a musical staging of Jesus’s arrival on earth. Each cantata performed on its own day, running to and fro between the churches of St Thomas and St Nicholas for the morning and afternoon services, with a repeat performance during vespers. For the music, Bach borrowed hit numbers from his own works, including an ode to Queen Maria Josepha, the Electress of Saxony. The first three cantatas represent the saviour’s birth and the annunciation to the shepherds, followed by the story of Herod who sends the three Magi on their way with a trick. Bach’s festive notes are performed in between two less frequently heard gems: Dietrich Buxtehude’s tender chorale motet In dulci jubilo and the first movement of a sumptuous cantata by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel.

The concert

Works and Performance


Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (cantatas 1, 2, 3 and 6)

Ach daß die Hülfe aus Zion über Israel käme

In dulci jubilo, BuxWV 52


Netherlands Bach Society
conducted by Shunske Sato

Viola Blache, soprano
Ulrike Malotta, alto
Daniel Johannsen, tenor
Matthias Helm, bass


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  • Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg

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  • Rotterdam, De Doelen

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  • Naarden, Grote Kerk

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  • Kerkrade, Theater Kerkrade

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  • Tilburg, Theaters Tilburg (Concertzaal)

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Experience more

Christmas Oratorio in picture

Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen

cantatas, BWV 51

Christen, ätzet diesen Tag

cantatas, BWV 63