JOHANN FRIEDRICH AGRICOLA (1720-1774): Christmas Cantatas - Uns ist ein Kind geboren, Die Hirten bei der Krippe, Kündlich groß ist das gottselige Geheimnis.
Catalogue Number: 11Q025
Reference: 777 921-2
Description: Two jubilant cantatas and one relaxed and sunny, introduced by an orchestral pastorale and concluded by a Haydnesque chorus, organ and orchestra chorale, fill an 81-minute disc. Agricola worked in Berlin and these pieces, from 1758 and 1768, fit into the Graun - C.P.E. Bach axis of composers at work in that city. The Singakademie archives, returned by Russia in 2001 and still only beginning to give up their secrets, show Agricola to be a more significant composer than hitherto suspected. German-English texts. Berit Solset (soprano), Myriam Arbouz (alto), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Matthias Vieweg (bass), Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens.