Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Complete Weihnachts-oratorium of JS Bach, Part II:XI-XIV

11. Recitativo (T)

Und alsobald war da bei dem Engel
die Menge der himmlischen Heerscharen,
die lobten Gott und sprachen:


And suddenly there was with the angel
the multitude of the host of heaven,
there praising God and saying:


12. Coro (S, A, T, B)

[Die Engel]
Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe
und Friede auf Erden
und den Menschen ein Wohlgefallen.


[Choir of Angels]
Glory to God in the highest
and peace on the earth now
and to mankind a sign of favor.


13. Recitativo (B)

So recht, ihr Engel, jauchzt und singet,
Dass es uns heut so schön gelinget!
Auf denn! wir stimmen mit euch ein,
Uns kann es so wie euch erfreun.


'Tis meet, ye angels, sing and triumph,
That we today have gained such fortune!
Up then! We'll join our voice to yours,
We can as well as ye rejoice.


14. Choral

Wir singen dir in deinem Heer
Aus aller Kraft, Lob, Preis und Ehr,
Dass du, o lang gewünschter Gast,
Dich nunmehr eingestellet hast.


We sing to thee amidst thy host
With all our strength, laud, fame and praise,
That thou, O long desiréd guest,
Art come into this world at last.



The complete Christmas Oratorio is featured on All for Hymn
beginning at 6:00 PM ET on December 24, 2011
and running every 3 hours.

English Translation © Z. Philip Ambrose, translator,
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Special thanks to counterpoint85 over on youtube
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