Cover Feature: Richard Tognetti on Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
Guest editor Richard Tognetti has his doubts about Christmas, but that won’t stop him from revelling in the genius of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – a work that has often played second fiddle to Handel’s Messiah in Anglo-Saxon countries.
Attempting to understand the Christmas Oratorio’s sacred religiosity from his personal perspective as an atheist, Tognetti contrasts how the work has evolved in terms of interpretation and audience appreciation since its composition in 1734 up until the modern day.
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The Limelight Classical Chart
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