Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248-VI Feast of Epiphany

John La Farge, Halt of the Wise Men, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1878-79

Cantata for the Feast of Epiphany
(Weihnachts-Oratorium VI)

Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben
Lord, when our arrogant enemies snort with rage

BWV 248-VI

Event: Cantata for the Feast of Epiphany
1st Performance:
January 6, 1735 - Leipzig
Isaah 60: 1-6; Gospel: Matthew 2: 1-12
Christian Friedrich Henrici (Picander); Matthew 2 : 7-12 (Mvts 2, 5, 7) ; Paul Gerhardt (Mvt. 6); Georg Werner (Mvt. 11)
Chorale Texts:
Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier Ihr Christen auserkore

Click to read a brief commentary by Simon Crouch.

Unknown Artist, Magi Before Herod, Musée national du Moyen Âge — Thermes et Hôtel de Cluny, Paris, 15th cent.

Christmas Oratorio - Cantata for the Feast of Epiphany - performed by:

Juliane Banse, soprano; Martin Dürr, boy soprano; Cornelia Kallisch, alto; Marcus Schäfer, tenor (Evangelist); Robert Swensen, tenor (Arias); Thomas Quasthoff, bass; Kurt Guntner, violin I; Hans Schuster, violin II; Bernhard Heinrichs, oboe, oboe d'amore I; Satoki Kim, oboe d'amore II; Peter Sadlo, timpani; Helmar Stiehler, violoncello; Wolfgang Nestle, double bass; Gabriele Rheineck, bassoon; Friedemann Winkelhöfer, harpsichord; Angelika Huß, organ; Windsbacher Knabenchor; Münchener Bach Solisten; Trompetenensemble Läubin; Karl-Friedrich Beringer, conductor. Recorded at Münster Heilsbronn, 1991

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Giovanni di Paolo, The Adoration of the Magi, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, c. 1462

The German Text: The English Translation is by Francis Browne: Both used by permission.