Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Cantatas I-III at Berlin Cathedral


Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Berliner Dom – weihnachteninberlin.de

I’ve been enjoying Berlin’s holiday celebrations and last night it was Bach’s Christmas Cantatas performed at Berlin Cathedral on Museum Island. The Cathedral Choir performed led by cantor Tobias Brommann.

Berliner Dom

Senior musicians from the Baroque Orchestra must have played another gig last night as there were noticeable mistakes in the music and rolled eyes all around… This was a first, as every other musical performance I’ve attended in Berlin was perfection.

Berliner Dom Sauer Organ – wikipedia.org

The Cathedral Choir and soloists were excellent:

 

Berlin Cathedral History

The Cathedral was once the court church of the Hohenzollern, who lived in the city palace on the other side of River Spree. The inside of the basilica cathedral has a Sauer organ, the largest of the ‘late Romantic period‘. The beautiful octagonal sermon space has a marble altar and unique mosaics and statues.

Tobias Brommann Kantor Berlin Cathedral – BZ Berlin

Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) suffered severe damage during the Second World War. Restoration by the German Democratic Republic (GDR) began in 1975 and completed in 1993 – four years after the Berlin Wall fell. The outside needs work and ongoing maintenance and restoration continue.

Berlin Cathedral – TV Tower in Background

Dommuseum has interesting drawings depicting the Cathedral’s history. The climb to the dome follows a “lavishly decorated Imperial staircase” and ends with an incredible panoramic view of Berlin. It was another beautiful evening and memory.

Musicians, Singers, and Conductor – Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Cantatas I-III

Berlin Cathedral Dome.

3 thoughts on “Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Cantatas I-III at Berlin Cathedral

  1. Attending this concert must have certainly got you in the Christmas mood, even if it was a little off the mark on the night. I do hope you have an enjoyable Christmas Day. I know what it feels like to be alone and away from everything that seems familiar on such a special day. I’ll be thinking of you xxx

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    • Thanks Gwen – for your thoughtful email. Yes, it’s a bit lonely if you think about it too much, but I’ve spent many Christmases away from the familiar and try to just forget myself and get into what’s happening where I am. Last year it was snorkeling in Seychelles with complete strangers – interesting day. I’m going on a tour of the Berlin TV Tower this afternoon and will have dinner at my favorite jazz club tomorrow. Surprisingly Christmas Day is hopping in Berlin with lots of activities to choose from. Hope your celebration is wonderful! xo

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      • I’m off to “channel” my Italian genes, which were only discovered later in life. But it’s going to be very weird, as there will only be seven of us. Still! We’ll manage to have several conversations going at once. And it’s an eating marathon . . . :-) But I’ll do my best, LOL.

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