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Lincoln Center: Alice Tully Hall
|Not another Messiah: Herreweghe's Christmas Oratorio in NYC|
|The Christmas Oratorio is an odd work to perform in concert, but it makes a welcome change from the obligatory annual Messiah. Bach’s piece contains six separate cantatas that tell the traditional Nativity narrative, all subsumed under the broader theme. But this is not the St Matthew Passion with added shepherds and Magi, even though many of the chorale settings from the Passions find their way into the Oratorio. These six cantatas were designed to be heard spread over the period between Christmas and Epiphany.|
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