BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
10 Dec 2015, City Halls
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Afternoon Performance 2015-2016 Afternoon Performance 3 – Bach’s ‘Christmas Oratorio’

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Afternoon Performance 3 – Bach’s ‘Christmas Oratorio’
14:00 Thu 10 Dec 2015 Grand Hall
The BBC SSO, soloists, and the BBC Singers perform Bach’s ‘Christmas Oratorio’ at City Halls
The BBC SSO, soloists, and the BBC Singers perform Bach’s ‘Christmas Oratorio’ at City Halls

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The Christmas Oratorio has always been a favourite with concert audiences as well as church-goers. Bach’s seasonal masterpiece tells the story of Christ’s birth, using passages from the Gospels interspersed with arias and choruses to illustrate the narrative. Here, parts 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 are performed by the BBC Singers along with a stellar cast of soloists, including tenor James Gilchrist as the Evangelist. Please Note (08/12/15) tenor Ben Johnson who was to have sung in this performance is unwell; James Gilchrist will now also sing the parts which Ben Johnson would have sung.

Cantata 1 Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage (c.27’)
Cantata 2 Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend (c.32’)
Cantata 3 Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen (c.26’)
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Cantata 5 Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen (c.27’)
Cantata 6 Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben (c.31’)

This concert is scheduled to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and will run from 2.00pm to shortly before 5.00pm. There will be one interval of approximately 20 minutes. The performance will be sung in German.