Just 13 Christmas cantatas of Bach's survive along with the 3 contained in his christmas oratorio. While appointed at the Thomas Church in Leipzig, he was required to set a cantata for every sunday and for the main church festivities. In total he composed over 300, approximately 200 of which are extant.
A curious fact is in the first cantata presented "Unser Mond sei voll Lachens" BWV 110, that opens with an arrangement taken from the Orchestral suite No. 4 BWV 1069.
All in all there are not many words coming up to express what I feel about this cd, sometimes I disagree what the analysis in the booklet says, but the important thing is that each one can have its own judgement about it, just let yourself go through the music.
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 356 MB | Scans
MP3 320 Kbps | 168 MB | Scans