J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Christmas Oratorio

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Martin Flamig
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Dresden Kreuzchor, Dresden Philharmonie
Soloists:Arleen Auger
Annelies Burmeister
Peter Schreier
Theo Adam
Individual Works:Christmas Oratoio BWV 248
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Berlin Classics
Catalog Number:BC2065-2
Year Released/Recorded:1976
Comments:Ron Thomsen said:

This has a rare combination of brilliance, power, precision, and sensitivity. It treats Bach as a German Lutheran who just happened to live in the baroque period, rather than many "authentic" performers who think only in terms of time periods. Because "authentic" performers think in terms of style periods, they often come across as lacking power.
The influence of Heinrich Schutz on the Dresden Kreuzchor allows it to apply expressiveness on top of the power and precision that are necessary with Bach.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Ron Thomsen
Date First Submitted:02/20/1999