Philippe Herreweghe conducts Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Cantatas
The Collegium Vocale Gent has made a reputation as one of the most prestigious choirs in the world. Founded by conductor, Philippe Herreweghe, they have a lively musical approach striving to find an authentic sound. The Collegium Vocale Gent has made a reputation as one of the most prestigious choirs in the world. Founded by conductor, Philippe Herreweghe, they have a lively musical approach striving to find an authentic sound. This concert was recorded on December 23rd 2015 at the church of Saint-Roch in Paris. Owing to his function as the Thomaskantor, the leading cantorate of Protestant Germany at the time, Bach composed many cantatas for the Lutheran liturgy. These Christmas cantatas are an invitation to reflect on the nature of Christmas. The orchestration evokes feelings of splendor while the counterpoint also carries on a festive mood. The wind instruments act as glorious messengers of joy and the soloists proclaim that the glory brings light. This unique program, consisting of the four cantatas BWV 40, 62 , 63 and 91 offers and elegant and very delicate interpretation of these works. Under the baton of Philippe Herreweghe, the Collegium Vocale deliver and interpretation without exaggeration or vanity but full of humility. A glorious concert in the spirit of Christmas.
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland BWV 62 Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ BWV 91 Dazu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes BWV 40 Christen ätzet diesen Tag BWV 63