J.S. Bach

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Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium)

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Gerhard Wilhelm
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Ensemble '76 Stuttgart; Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben
Soloists:Krisztina Laki, soprano
Gisela Pohl, alto
Karl Markus, tenor
Berthold Possemeyer, bass
Individual Works:Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium) BWV 248
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Hanssler
Catalog Number:94.031
Year Released/Recorded:1983/1983
Total Playing Time:2:36:35
Comments:Eran Zamir said:

This is a good - not spectacular - recording of the Christmas Oratorio. The artists are relatively unknown, but are in general up to the task. This is not a period performance, but is well done nevertheless. Gerhard Wilhelm's conducting is even throughout: his pace is usually consistent and just right. He also eschews any overly dramatic interpretations, although this is not always for the best. (The opening and closing choruses of the work, for example, are somewhat understated.) Nevertheless, his approach is solid.

The only complaint I have is that the Hanssler website does not provide a libretto (none is included with the CD).

Overall, however, this set, which costs only $12, is a good bargain.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Eran Zamir
Date First Submitted:04/23/2003