J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Christmas Oratorio

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Rene Jacobs
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Akademie f³r Alte Musik Berlin
Soloists:Dorothea Röschmann
Andreas Scholl
Werner G³ra
Klaus Hõger
Individual Works:Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Harmonia Mundi France
Catalog Number:HMC 901630.31
Year Released/Recorded:1997
Total Playing Time:2:32:23
Comments:Geoffrey D. Decker said:

All of the period instrument recordings of this work are noteworthy but I find this the best because of its sensitivity to the subject of the birth of Christ. It's an emotional performance, deeply considered and deeply performed. Additionally, countertenor Andreas Scholl's contribution makes the recording just that much more desirable. His tone is gorgeous and he sings from the heart. The recording quality is superlative!

Gustavo Gómez Sosa said:

This is the best original instruments performance I've heard. Scholl's beautiful voice astonish everyone. Röschmann is a very beautiful singer. All notes and translations are useful for understanding this very special work. Jacobs feels theatre invocation, with some relation to the complete Monteverdi Operas recorded by the same label. Harmonia Mundi's artists are excellent Bach performers.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Geoffrey D. Decker
  • Gustavo Gómez Sosa
Date First Submitted:12/27/1997