Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Baroque Arias – Bach and Matthias Goerne (and Barbara Bonney)

I know secular "christmas" is over, but it's still Christmastide in my world. And who has time to look at/listen to Christmas programming before Christmas, anyway? 

This whole program of Baroque (and one Mozart) music (from 1999) is wonderful. Ms. Bonney and Herr Goerne each have a few solo arias and one sweet duet, plus there's some nice orchestral and brass music—none of it blatantly, commercially Christmas-y. Because I love Matthias Goerne singing Bach, I would like to draw your particular attention to Herr Goerne’s rendition of this aria from Bach's Christmas Oratorio:
Großer Herr, o starker König,
Liebster Heiland, o wie wenig 
Achtest du der Erden Pracht! 
Der die ganze Welt erhält, 
Ihre Pracht und Zier erschaffen, 
Muss in harten Krippen schlafen.

Great Lord, O mighty king,
dearest saviour, O how little
you regard earthly splendour
He who maintains the whole world 
and created its glory and adornment
must sleep in a hard crib.

Here are some other seasonal posts from the past.

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