Historia Nativitatis – A Christmas Oratorio
A Christmas Oratorio after Heinrich Schütz SWV 435.
This Christmas Oratorio is kind of a plea for a free handling of the repertoire of the 17th century and is meant to inspire today’s musicians to prepare their own versions and variations of the Weihnachtshistorie and/or other works for concert performances or for worship services. Your initial courage will result in happiness.
— Johann Georg Künstel
Anyone who wants to know where Johann Sebastian Bach possibly got his first ideas for his Passion dramas should take a look at the St Mark Passion by Johann Georg Künstel (c1645-1694).
With its characterisation, the expressive turbae, the 17 plot-bearing chorales and the words of Christ accompanied by strings, it anticipates many ideas that the great Thomaskantor later immortalised in an unsurpassable manner in his epic Passion settings.