Festive Baroque Christmas Music 2021

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Recorded: December 20, 2021

An Open Rehearsal
Crescendo Chorus in rehearsal presents a final run-through of the December 20, 2021 session

A selection from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio BWV 248

  • “Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht”, Choral II/12
  • “Schaut hin”, Choral II/17
  • “Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe”, Coro II/21
  • “So recht, ihr Engel, jauchzt und singet”, Recitativo (Bass) II/12 and “Wir singen dir”, Choral II/23

“Ihr lieben Hirten” by Andreas Hammerschmidt

“O Magnum Mysterium” à 8 Giovanni Gabrieli

Singers from Crescendo Chorus
(*Section Leaders)

  • Sarah Fay*, Emily Elliot, Sarah Melcher, Roberta Roll, Jennifer Tyo* – Sopranos
  • Sarah Bleasdale*, Susan Francisco, Martha Nesbitt, Lauren Paul, Susan Pettee, Mary Sullivan, Tricia van Oers* – Altos
  • Gordon Gustafson, Susan Hooker, Peter Perkins*, Doug Schmolze*, Randy Orzano – Tenors
  • Jim Barrett*, John-Arthur Miller*, Tom Schindler, Michael Wise – Basses

Christine Gevert, Organ and Direction

Filmed and recorded by Charlette Media Productions on location at Trinity Church, Lime Rock, CT

Bonus Content

Recorded: December 2020

Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 I
By Johann Sebastian Bach
Coro I/1 – Jauchzet, frohlocket![Public Domain]

Performed virtually by Crescendo Chorus, and Period Instrument Orchestra

Imagery:
Johann Sebastian Bach, First page of the first part of the Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, 1734, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Musikabteilung, Mus.ms. Bach P 32, PD-US-expired.

Photos of Crescendo chorus and musicians by: Stephen Potter

Stock images and video sourced from: Pixabay, Storyblocks, Unsplash, and Canva.

Audio Produced by:
Christine Gevert

Video Produced by:
Erin N. Arndt and Sara Langworthy; DeveloPlay, LLC. – www.developlayllc.com

Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 I
By Johann Sebastian Bach
Recit I/2 Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit
Choral I/5 Wie soll ich dich empfangen[Public Domain]

Performed virtually by Crescendo Chorus, soloists, and Period Instrument Orchestra
Soloist: Pablo Bustos

Imagery:
Johann Sebastian Bach, First page of the first part of the Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, 1734, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Musikabteilung, Mus.ms. Bach P 32, PD-US-expired.

Photos of Crescendo chorus and musicians by:
Stephen Potter

Stock images and video sourced from:
Pixabay, Storyblocks, Unsplash, and Canva.

Audio Produced by:
Christine Gevert

Video Produced by:
Erin N. Arndt and Sara Langworthy; DeveloPlay, LLC. www.developlayllc.com

Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 I
By Johann Sebastian Bach
Recit I/6; Aria I/8[Public Domain]

Performed virtually by Crescendo Chorus, soloists, and Period Instrument Orchestra
Soloists: Pablo Bustos, Evangelist
Jonathan de la Paz Zaens, baritone

Imagery:
Johann Sebastian Bach, First page of the first part of the Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, 1734, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Musikabteilung, Mus.ms. Bach P 32, PD-US-expired.

Photos of Crescendo chorus and musicians by:
Stephen Potter

Stock images and video sourced from:
Pixabay, Storyblocks, Unsplash, and Canva.

Audio Produced by:
Christine Gevert

Video Produced by:
Erin N. Arndt and Sara Langworthy; DeveloPlay, LLC. www.developlayllc.com

Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 I
By Johann Sebastian Bach
Coro I/1 Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein[Public Domain]

Performed virtually by Crescendo Chorus, soloists, and Period Instrument Orchestra

Imagery:
Johann Sebastian Bach, First page of the first part of the Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, 1734, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Musikabteilung, Mus.ms. Bach P 32, PD-US-expired.

Photos of Crescendo chorus and musicians by:
Stephen Potter

Stock images and video sourced from:
Pixabay, Storyblocks, Unsplash, and Canva.

Audio Produced by:
Christine Gevert

Video Produced by:
Erin N. Arndt and Sara Langworthy; DeveloPlay, LLC. – www.developlayllc.com

Aria Tenor II/15 “Frohe Hirten, eilt” from Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Pablo Bustos, Tenor
Rodrigo Tarraza, Traverso
David Bakamjian, Violoncello
Heather Miller Lardin, Bass
Christine Gevert, Organ and Direction

Produced as part of a remote rehearsal and recording collaboration project during the pandemic in December, 2020. Christine Gevert audio and mastering.  Video remastering done by Charlette Media Productions (2021)

Villancicos – Pues mi Dios ha nacido
By Matías Durango[Public Domain]

Performed virtually by Crescendo Chorus & Period Instrument Ensemble
Soloists:
Salomé Sandoval, soprano
Malina Rauschenfels, mezzo soprano
Pablo Bustos, tenor
Period Instrumental Ensemble:
Malina Rauschenfels, violoncello
Christa Patton, harp
Hideki Yamaya, Baroque guitar
Salomé Sandoval, Baroque guitar and percussion

Imagery:
Photos of Crescendo chorus and musicians by:
Stephen Potter

Stock images and video sourced from:
Pixabay, Storyblocks, Unsplash, and Canva.

Audio Produced by:
Christine Gevert

Video Produced by:
Erin N. Arndt and Sara Langworthy; DeveloPlay, LLC. www.developlayllc.com

Villancicos – Ay andar, andar
By Juan de Araujo[Public Domain]

Performed virtually by Crescendo Chorus & Period Instrument Ensemble
Soloists:
Salomé Sandoval, soprano
Malina Rauschenfels, mezzo soprano
Pablo Bustos, tenor

Period Instrumental Ensemble:
Malina Rauschenfels, violoncello
Christa Patton, harp
Hideki Yamaya, Baroque guitar
Salomé Sandoval, Baroque guitar and percussion

Imagery:
Photos of Crescendo chorus and musicians by:
Stephen Potter

Stock images and video sourced from:
Pixabay, Storyblocks, Unsplash, and Canva.

Audio Produced by:
Christine Gevert

Video Produced by:
Erin N. Arndt and Sara Langworthy; DeveloPlay, LLC. www.developlayllc.com

Mary Had a Baby – Traditional Spiritual
Sung by: Jermaine Woodard Jr.