Adoration of the Christ Child by Josse Lieferinxe, ca. 1500. Louvre Museum, Paris, France.

While in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio the Second Christmas Day is all about the shepherds visiting the baby Jesus, in some other cantatas for this Day Bach further explores why Jesus came on earth. That is also the case in Cantata 40 Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes. While it is full of references to snake-like evil in the text, that cantata still means Christmas holiday to me. Read about it in my blog post from 2016, now with updated YouTube links.

Please check back here tomorrow for a beautiful live recording of a cantata not previously discussed on this blog for Third Christmas Day.

Wieneke Gorter, December 24, 2019.