Göteborgs Konserthus BACH’S CHRISTMAS ORATORIO PARTS 4 – 6

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Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
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After Christmas comes New Year’s, when Jesus was given his name. This evening, in Bach’s musical story, we’ll also follow the journey of the three wise men, and their celebration of Jesus with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Bach composed the massive oratorio in Leipzig where it was first performed at Christmas and on New Year’s Eve, 1735. At this concert, parts 4 – 6 are performed by the Gothenburg Symphony, choir and soloist singers. Conductor: Andreas Spering.

It’s easy to be fooled by the title – Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. As if it were one piece to be performed at one time, Christmas Eve. That is not at all the case. In actual fact, the Christmas Oratorio is made up of several cantatas, intended to be performed from Christmas to Epiphany.

Going deeper into Bach’s music is to enter an incomprehensible and fascinating musical universe. We constantly discover new things, and it never ends. Please spend a few hours with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – it’s a grandiose experience.

Concert Introduction

Free concert introduction with musicians from the orchestra in the Stora Salen Hall one hour before the start of the concert.


Bach Christmas Oratorio part 4 27 min

Bach Christmas Oratorio part 6 26 min

Intermission 25 min

Bach Christmas Oratorio part 6 25 min


Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, called "one of the world's most formidable orchestras" by the Guardian, has toured the USA, Europe, Japan and the Far East and performed at major music centres and festivals throughout the world. Chief conductor is Santtu-Matias Rouvali who started his tenure in 2017. Kent Nagano has been principal guest conductor since 2013. Already at the orchestra's very first years, the great Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar was appointed principal conductor, contributing strongly to the Nordic profile of the orchestra by inviting his colleagues Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius to conduct their own works. Subsequent holders of the post include Sergiu Comissiona, Sixten Ehrling and Charles Dutoit. During Neeme Järvi's tenure (1982-2004), the orchestra became a major international force. In 1997 it was appointed the National Orchestra of Sweden. The list of prominent guest conductors has included Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pierre Monteux, Herbert von Karajan, Myung-Whun Chung, Herbert Blomstedt and Sir Simon Rattle. The orchestra also runs extensive concert projects for children, and regularly releases digital live concerts free on www.gsoplay.se. The orchestra has issued over 100 recordings on BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Farao Classics and several other labels, including the complete orchestral music by Grieg and the complete symphonies of Sibelius, Nielsen, Stenhammar and Atterberg, and most recently orchestral music by Richard Strauss. The Gothenburg Symphony is owned by the Region Västra Götaland. www.gso.se

Andreas Spering conductor

Sophie Karthäuser soprano

Sophie Rennert alt

Hugo Hymas tenor

Manuel Walser bas

Göteborgs Symfoniska Kör

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