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Weihnachts Oratorium/Christmas Oratorio (J.S.Bach)


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  • Performer: Bach, The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
  • Audio CD (April 13, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Coro
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000DJEOI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. For the 1st Day of Christmas: Chorus
2. For the 1st Day of Christmas: Recitative (Evangelist)
3. For the 1st Day of Christmas: Recitative (Alto)
4. For the 1st Day of Christmas: Aria (Alto)
5. For the 1st Day of Christmas: Chorale
6. For the 1st Day of Christmas: Recitative (Evangelist)
7. For the 1st Day of Christmas: Chorale (Sopranos) with recitative (Bass)
8. For the 1st Day of Christmas: Aria (Bass)
9. For the 1st Day of Christmas: Chorale
10. For the 2nd Day of Christmas: Sinfonia
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Disc: 2
1. For the Feast of the Circumcision: Chorus
2. For the Feast of the Circumcision: Recitative (Evangelist)
3. For the Feast of the Circumcision: Recitative with Chorale (Bass, Soprano)/Recitative (Bass)
4. For the Feast of the Circumcision: Aria (Soprano and Echo-Soprano)
5. For the Feast of the Circumcision: Recitative (Bass) with Chorale Recitative (Bass, Soprano)
6. For the Feast of the Circumcision: Aria (Tenor)
7. For the Feast of the Circumcision: Chorale
8. For the 1st Sunday in the New Year: Chorus
9. For the 1st Sunday in the New Year: Recitative (Evangelist)
10. For the 1st Sunday in the New Year: Chorus with Recitative (Alto)
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Weihnachts Oratorium/Christmas Oratorio (J.S.Bach) by The Sixteen/Harry Christophers

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Claude Greenmount on September 8, 2006
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Harry Christopher and The Sixteen offer up a lively, energetic reading of Bach's (so-called) Christmas Oratorio, a work that should be heard more often in the USA than it is.

The performance of the first chorus of Cantata I, "Jauchzet, frohlocket," bursts with exuberance and energy, but is never rushed. The sopranos are especially to be commended for their performance; the writing requires them to go from the very bottom of their range to the top of it in short order. The opening phrase, set low in all voices, does not have a pushed, chest-voice quality that one usually hears in these opening bars. As the treble instruments pile one entrance on another in downward scales, the trumpets arpeggiate upward-- the excitement Bach meant to convey is readily apparent in this performance. And that's just the first movement.

Choices for tempi, phrasing, and voicing are very carefully made, yet the entire performance seems spontaneous, exuberant, youthful. Intonation is spot on and few if any technical flaws distract from the vitality of the performance.

For many years, I viewed the Christmas Oratorio as an interesting work, but not one I cared to know beyond my previous experiences, no doubt tainted by poorly prepared and executed performances. Would that this recording were my first exposure to this beautiful and exciting work! If you don't have a recording of this work, this is the recording to get to know it by. If you have one, this is a great addition to your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Morgan on January 9, 2007
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Beautiful in German, Bach's oratorio, is prized for its place in the liturgy, and its quality as music. The Sixteen's have a wonderful well done classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda A. Jiorle-Nagy on January 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
A beautiful performance of this work. I enjoyed the choral sections as well as the soloists.
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