Christmas Oratorio (2006)

Bach

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

Jan Willem de Vriend

Jan Willem de Vriend shares his thoughts on the Christmas Oratorio:
‘The Combattimento Consort Amsterdam has always performed the complete Christmas Oratorio with only two exceptions. On these two occasions the concert hall did not want a complete performance and the choice was left to us which movements to leave out. However, this is in fact an impossible choice, as in my view the work forms a single entity. So, it has happened on occasion that we have performed four cantatas. And even though prior to the concert we thought that on the one hand it would be fine to finish earlier, as it turned out – and I think I can speak for all my colleagues – after the performance we felt it a great pity after all, not to have included those two cantatas. During a performance of the complete cycle we have become accustomed to pausing between each cantata, to insert just a short break of around five minutes before beginning the following cantata. Incidentally, this is just one of the ways to divide up the work; I could also imagine that the cycle could be spread out, that one decides: “This morning I will perform one, then this evening another, with another cantata the following day.” Nevertheless, the point is that even when a performance is spread out over a number of days, as happened in Bach’s time, the work still continues to function as a unified whole. I am absolutely convinced that the churchgoers of the time had a far greater retention of the music, that the music remained more firmly entrenched in their memory until the following church service. Just compare how it is these days. After the concert, you may be sitting in your car and you switch on the radio to hear if there are any traffic jams reported, so you keep hearing fragments of music and as a result of this a large part of your recent musical experience is erased. I myself am glad that after performing a work it stays in my head for some time. Perhaps this was much more often the case in those days. As far as this is concerned, the effect of such a cantata would have been far stronger and of longer duration back then. Something similar also applies in the case of the various tonalities. In view of the fact that even temperament was nowhere near as widely in use in those days, a much greater differentiation was experienced between the various keys with their individual characteristics. With the advent of modern tuning, this entire sensibility to the different keys has vanished.’

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Jan Willem de Vriend

Jan Willem de Vriend is the artistic director of Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and since 2006 the chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to having served as concertmaster with various ensembles, De Vriend developed a career as a conductor with several orchestras both in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy Germany, Sweden, as well as China and Australia. Opera conducting has come to play a significant role. He has led Combattimento Consort Amsterdam in unknown operas by Gassmann, Rameau, Heinchen and Haydn, among others, as well as familiar operas by such composers as Monteverdi, Handel, Rossini and Mozart. For the opera houses of Lucern, Strasbourg, Barcelona and Enschede, he has conducted operas by Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Strauss and others.
He was invited by the Stanislavsky Theatre of Moscow to conduct an opera by Handel.

De Vriend was awarded the Dutch Radio 4 Prize of the year 2012. The Radio 4 Prize is awarded to a musician (or ensemble or institution) who has distinguished himself in bringing classical music to a broad public.

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

Founded in 1982 by violinist Jan Willem de Vriend, the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam developed into a close-knit ensemble specialising in music from 1600-1800. The musicians' wish not to focus solely on the standard repertoire resulted in many interesting programmes featuring remarkable and little-known works, some of which were only available in manuscript. The performance of these compositions in conjunction with more familiar works proved to be refreshing and inspiring to listeners and performers alike.

Over the years the ensemble gave many memorable concerts and operatic performances including Handel’s Rodelinda, Alcina, also by Handel, and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, in collaboration with De Nationale Reisopera.
In September 2002 the ensemble made its debut at the Early Music Holland Festival in Utrecht, giving two performances of Rameau's opera Platée in a co-production with Onafhankelijk Toneel and the Nationale Reisopera.

In addition to numerous concerts in the Netherlands, the Combattimento Consort also appeared in various European countries and in venues outside of Europe. Successful tours in the United States, Japan and South America have always been attracting attention in national and international media.
Concerts often had solo performances by members of the ensemble, but the Combattimento Consort also worked with great performers such as Barbara Bonney, Andreas Scholl and Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Thomas Zehetmair and Sabine Meyer as well as joining forces with Collegium Vocale Gent and other groups.

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Christmas Oratorio (2006)

Bach

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

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“Jan Willem de Vriend oversees a joyful account of Bach's festive music with light-footed responses to dance rhythms. I can whole heartedly commend this issue for its expressive warmth, its disciplined choral singing and its natural declamation.”

Christmas Oratorio (2006)

Bach

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

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Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording location: Waalse Kerk Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - 'New Year's Day - ''Feast of the Circumcision'''
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Christmas Day
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Christmas Day
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Christmas Day
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Christmas Day
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Christmas Day
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Sunday after New Year's Day
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Christmas Day
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Boxing Day
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Sunday after New YBoxing Dayear's Day
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Boxing Day
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Epiphany
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Boxing Day
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Epiphany
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Boxing Day
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Third Day of Christmas
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Epiphany
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Third Day of Christmas
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Epiphany
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Third Day of Christmas
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Third Day of Christmas
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Epiphany
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Third Day of Christmas
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Epiphany
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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - Third Day of Christmas
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