℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
 

Johann Sebastian Bach: Weihnachts Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio)

Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Franz Crass, Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter

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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part I  
1
No. 1. Chor: "Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
8:17
2
No. 2. Rezitativ (Evangelist): "Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
1:39
3
No. 3. Rezitativ (Alt): "Nun wird mein liebster Bräutigam"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Christa Ludwig; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
1:09
4
No. 4. Arie (Alt): "Bereite dich, Zion, mit zärtlichen Trieben"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Christa Ludwig; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
6:03
5
No. 5. Choral: "Wie soll ich dich empfangen"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
1:19
6
No. 6. Rezitativ (Evangelist): "Und sie gebar ihren ersten Sohn"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:30
7
No. 7. Choral (Chor-Sopran) mit Recitativ (Baß): "Er ist auf Erden kommen arm / Wer will die Liebe recht erhöhn"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Franz Crass; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
3:35
8
No. 8. Arie (Baß): "Großer Herr, o starker König"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Franz Crass; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
5:39
9
No. 9. Choral: "Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
1:36
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part II  
10
No. 10. Sinfonia
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
7:14
11
No. 11. Rezitativ (Evangelist): "Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
1:02
12
No. 12. Choral: "Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
1:08
13
No. 13. Rezitativ (Evangelist, Der Engel): "Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:59
14
No. 14. Rezitativ (Baß): "Was Gott dem Abraham Verheißen"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Franz Crass; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:56
15
No. 15. Arie (Tenor): "Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
3:57
16
No. 16. Rezitativ (Evangelist): "Und das habt zum Zeichen"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:28
17
No. 17. Choral: "Schaut hin, dort liegt im finstern Stall"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:45
18
No. 18. Rezitativ (Baß): "So geht denn hin"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Franz Crass; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
1:00
19
No. 19. Arie (Alt): "Schlafe, mein Liebster, genieße der Ruh"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Christa Ludwig; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
11:14
20
No. 20. Rezitativ (Evangelist): "Und alsobald war da bei dem Engel"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:19
21
No. 21. Chor: "Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
2:42
22
No. 22. Rezitativ (Baß): "So recht, ihr Engel, jauchzt und singet"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Franz Crass; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:35
23
No. 23. Choral: "Wir singen dir in deinem Heer"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
1:42
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part III  
24
No. 24. Chor: "Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
2:13
25
No. 25. Rezitativ (Evangelist): "Und da die Engel von ihnen gen Himmel fuhren"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:12
26
No. 26. Chor: "Lasset uns nun gehen gen Bethlehem"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:53
27
No. 27. Rezitativ (Baß): "Er hat sein Volk getröst"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Franz Crass; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:58
28
No. 28. Choral: "Dies hat er alles uns getan"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:47
29
No. 29. Duett (Sopran, Baß): "Herr, dein Mitleid, dein Erbarmen"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Gundula Janowitz; Franz Crass; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
8:21
30
No. 30. Rezitativ (Evangelist): "Und sie kamen eilend"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
1:24
31
No. 31. Arie (Alt): "Schließe, mein Herze, dies selige Wunder"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Christa Ludwig; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
6:11
32
No. 32. Rezitativ (Alt): "Ja, ja, mein Herz soll es bewahren"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Christa Ludwig; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:31
33
No. 33. Choral: "Ich will dich mit Fleiß bewahren"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:48
34
No. 34. Rezitativ (Evangelist): "Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:34
35
No. 35. Choral: "Seid froh dieweil"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:49
36
No. 24. Chor da capo: "Herrscher des Himmels"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
2:20
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part IV  
37
No. 36. Chor: "Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
5:56
38
No. 37. Rezitativ (Evangelist): "Und da acht Tage um waren"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:42
39
No. 38. Rezitativ (Baß) und Arioso (Chor-Sopran, Baß): "Immanuel, o süßes Wort / Jesu, du mein liebstes Leben / Komm ich will dich mit Lust umfassen"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Franz Crass; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
3:12
40
No. 39. Arie (Sopran, Echo-Sopran): "Flößt, mein Heiland, flößt dein Namen"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Gundula Janowitz; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
5:43
41
No. 40. Rezitativ (Baß) mit Arioso (Chor-Sopran): "Wohlan, dein Name soll allein / Jesu mein Freud und Wonne"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Franz Crass; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
1:43
42
No. 41. Ari (Tenor): "Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
4:55
43
No. 42. Choral: "Jesus richte mein Beginnen"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
3:04
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part V  
44
No. 43. Chor: "Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
6:49
45
No. 44. Rezitativ (Evangelist): "Da Jesu geboren war zu Bethlehem"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:30
46
No. 45. Chor mit Rezitativ (Alt): "Wo ist der neugeborne König der Juden? / Sucht ihn in meiner Brust"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Christa Ludwig; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
2:29
47
No. 46. Choral: "Dein Glanz all Finsternis verzehrt"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:48
48
No. 47. Arie (Baß): "Erleucht auch meine finstre Sinnen"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Franz Crass; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
4:23
49
No. 48. Rezitativ (Evangelist): "Da das der König Herodes hörte"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:15
50
No. 49. Rezitativ (Alt): "Warum wollt ihr erschrecken?"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Christa Ludwig; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:35
51
No. 50. Rezitativ (Evangelist): "Und ließ versammeln alle Hohepriester"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
1:38
52
No. 51. Terzett (Sopran, Alt, Tenor): "Ach, wann wird die Zeit erscheinen?"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Gundula Janowitz; Christa Ludwig; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
5:21
53
No. 52. Rezitativ (Alt): "Mein Liebster herrschet schon"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Christa Ludwig; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:35
54
No. 53. Choral: "Zwar ist solche Herzensstube"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:56
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Part VI  
55
No. 54. Chor: "Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
5:13
56
No. 55. Rezitativ (Evangelist, Herodes): "Da berief Herodes die Weisen heimlich / Ziehet hin und forschet fleißig"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Franz Crass; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
1:09
57
No. 56. Rezitativ (Sopran): "Du Falscher, suche nur den Herrn zu fällen"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Gundula Janowitz; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
1:00
58
No. 57. Arie (Sopran): "Nur ein Wink von seinen Händen"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Gundula Janowitz; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
4:03
59
No. 58. Rezitativ (Evangelist): "Als sie nun den König gehöret hatten"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
1:31
60
No. 59. Choral: "Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
1:12
61
No. 60. Rezitativ (Evangelist): "Und Gott befahl ihnen im Traum"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:24
62
No. 61. Rezitativ (Tenor): So geht! Genug, mein Schatz geht nicht von hier"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
2:01
63
No. 62. Arie (Tenor): Nun mögt ihr stolzen Feinde schrecken"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Fritz Wunderlich; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
4:09
64
No. 63. Rezitativ (Sopran, Alt, Tenor, Baß): "Was will der Hölle Schrecken nun?"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Gundula Janowitz; Christa Ludwig; Fritz Wunderlich; Franz Crass; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
0:33
65
No. 64. Choral: "Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen"
Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Chor; Münchener Bach-Orchester; Karl Richter
3:18
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:43:56
"Fritz Wunderlich had one of the most beautiful lyric tenor voices of the 20th century. How tragic then that he died when he was only 36."
- MusicWeb International

"... heralds the brave new world ... Richter is the ultimate purposeful and charismatic director with his seasoned Munich forces and stunning soloists ... Richter presents a corporate muscularity juxtaposed with solo vocal warmth, especially from the luminous Janowitz and Wunderlich ... sensational trumpet playing of Maurice André ..."
- Gramophone

Noted Bach interpreter, organist and conductor Karl Richter leads the Münchener Bach-Orchester on this vintage and highly regarded 1965 reissue, Richter's second time recording Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Joining the orchestra are four vocalists described as "stunning" by Gramophone: lyric soprano Gundula Janowitz, mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig, tenor Fritz Wunderlich and bass Franz Crass.
192 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Deutsche Grammophon Studio Masters

Recording: München, Herkules-Saal, 1965
Production: Dr. Gerd Ploebsch
Recording supervision: Hans Weber
Recording engineer: Hans-Peter Schweigmann

This album is a high-resolution digital transfer of material originating from an analogue recording. It may be limited in bandwidth and dynamic range by the technology available at the time of its original creation and is offered as a documentation of a historical release.

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