Catalogue No: 101237
Shop Product Code: 202517Q
Johann Sebastian BACH
Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248 (Christmas Oratorio)
Sung in German
Recorded at the Herderkirche in Weimar 1999
Claron McFadden, Bernarda Fink, Christoph Genz, Dietrich Henschel Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
Menu Languages: GB
Subtitle Languages: D, F, GB, JP
Region Code: 0 worldwide
Running Time: 198 mins
"Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is among his most joyous music. Although not actually an oratorio - it is really a series of six cantatas - it was written for the 1734-1735 Christmas celebration in Leipzig. Curiously, to illustrate this, the most sacred of Christian celebrations, Bach chose to "parody" many movements from secular cantatas. But he certainly made fine choices; this music is moving and unforgettable.
Gardiner has a special touch with Bach’s music. He chooses excellent musicians and singers, uses reasonably-sized forces, and his tempi have the right balance between elan and introspection. This recording uses about a dozen musicians and a choir of about twenty, giving the music a very intimate feeling - this is light years away from the heavier performances of this work where a large choir drowns out the musicians." -- Musicweb
The programme on this disc forms the precursor to John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage of 2000, which aimed to perform all of Bach’s sacred cantatas in churches around Europe and in New York. Just before beginning his cantata performances, he performed the Christmas Oratorio in a beautiful church in Weimar, over two days.
The disc also features two documentaries: Jauchzet! Frohlocket!, Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, and Bach Revisited, Gardiner in Saxony and Thuringia.
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