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  88697112252, BVCD-34041 (2 discs)
  Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Harnoncourt
  Bach: Christmas Oratorio

Christine Schäfer
Bernarda Fink
Werner Güra
Gerald Finley
Christian Gerhaher
Concentus Musicus Wien
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Vocal
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Review by Domimag December 6, 2007 (3 of 10 found this review helpful)
I will not tell anything about the performance because I don't know well that oratorio. However, I think Harnoncourt have nothing to learn more about J.S. Bach (have done an integral of cantatas with Leonardt) and it seems to me that Christmas Oratorio is well done.

I like the way Harmonia Mundi (Deutschland) record voices. I was very satisfied by the Harnoncourt version of Messiah Haendel (even if someones prefer more "dynamic" performance like Jacobs for example) which gave me a lot of emotion. It is the same way here, again voices (and orchester) are very clear and offer a wonderful stereo "picture". It is very easy to point each instrument and solo singer. I note a good balance between front and rear channels (even if that web page doesn't allow me to rate as MC, I confirm and I listened it as "multichannel" record (5.0), my subwoofer is "out" for the moment so I'm not sure it's an 5+1 channels). Really a nice feeling of live concert.

Hope that Harnoncourt will give now the Bach "passions" (St Matthew and St John).

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Johann Sebastian Bach - Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), BWV 248