J.S. Bach – Christmas Oratorio BWV 248

Sir John Eliot Gardiner chose to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach in his own inimitable style: with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists he undertook an extended concert tour to perform the composer’s entire known output of sacred cantatas at churches and concert halls all over Europe. The…

William Byrd (±1539-1623): Puer natus est nobis

Puer natus est nobis Et filius datus est nobis Cuius imperium super humerum eius Et vocabitur nomen eius Magni consilii Angelus Cantate Domino canticum novum Quia mirabilia fecit Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, in secula seculorum. Amen.    Introit for the Mass of Christmas Day

Hieronymus Praetorius (1560-1629): In dulci Jublio

Hieronymus Praetorius was born in 1560 in Hamburg where his father Jacob was organist at the Jacobikirche, when his father died  Hieronymus became organist, holding the post for the rest of his life. He was quite a daring composer for his time and I sometimes wonder how the congregations reacted the first time they heard…