This world premiere recording of this Christmas oratorio by Keiser, Reinhard (1674-1739) makes available one of the few surviving sacred works by a musician who was highly regarded by his contemporaries, primarily as a composer of operas. Well-known Christmas chorales, opulently scored, with rich polyphony, depict with great delicacy, the scene around the crib at Bethlehem.
This CD includes, also recorded for the first time, the Magnificat by Christoph Graupner (1683-1760), written in 1772 to support his application for the post of Thomaskantor in Leipzig.
“Rastatter Hofkapelle`s eight singers, including tenor/director Jürgen Ochs, are capable soloists, and their singing of chorales and ensembles is polished and elegant. The instrumentalists play cleanly and with a pleasing sense of proportion.” GRAMOPHONE