Andreas Reize conducts Bach's Christmas Oratorio

Leipzig Gewandhausorchester & Thomanerchor — With Christina Landshamer, Benedikt Kristjánsson, and Konstantin Krimmel

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Christina Landshamer — Soprano

Elvira Bill — Contralto

Benedikt Kristjánsson — Tenor

Konstantin Krimmel — Bass

St. Thomas Boys Choir — Choir

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Andreas Reize — Conductor

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Bach's timeless, irresistible Christmas Oratorio returns to Leipzig—and to St. Thomas's Church, where several of its six gorgeous cantatas were heard for the very first time in 1734-35! Adding to the historical import of this unmissable event are the Gewandhausorchester, one of the world's oldest and most venerated orchestras founded in 1781, and the Thomanerchor (St. Thomas Choir of Leipzig), a legendary ensemble formed over eight hundred years ago in 1212 and directed by Bach himself between 1723 and 1750.

The eighteenth person to hold the post of Thomaskantor since Bach, Andreas Reize leads the impeccable orchestra and choir—joined by soloists Christina Landshamer, Benedikt Kristjánsson, and Konstantin Krimmel—in a festive and delightful performance of one of those cherished works from which the holiday spirit flows unfettered and ebullient. 

Photo © Andreas Schlueter

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