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Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly Audio CD

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part One - For The First Day Of Christmas - No.1 Chorus: ''Jauchzet, Frohlocket''Dresdner Kammerchor 6:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part One - For The First Day Of Christmas - No.2 Evangelist: ''Es Begab Sich Aber Zu Der Zeit''Martin Lattke 1:12£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part One - For The First Day Of Christmas - No.3 Rezitativ (Alt): ''Nun Wird Mein Liebster Bräutigam''Wiebke Lehmkuhl0:49£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part One - For The First Day Of Christmas - No.4 Aria (Alto): ''Bereite Dich, Zion''Wiebke Lehmkuhl 5:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part One - For The First Day Of Christmas - No.5 Choral: ''Wie Soll Ich Dich Empfangen''Dresdner Kammerchor 1:11£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part One - For The First Day Of Christmas - No.6 Evangelist: ''Und Sie Gebar Ihren Ersten Sohn''Martin Lattke0:21£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part One - For The First Day Of Christmas - No.7 Chorale: ''Er Ist Auf Erden Kommen Arm'', Recitativ (Bass): Wer Will Die Liebe Recht Erhöhn''Dresdner Kammerchor 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part One - For The First Day Of Christmas - No.8 Aria (Baß): ''Großer Herr, O Starker König''Konstantin Wolff 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part One - For The First Day Of Christmas - No.9 Choral: ''Ach Mein Herzliebes Jesulein''Dresdner Kammerchor 1:17£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For The Second Day Of Christmas - No.10 SinfoniaGewandhausorchester Leipzig 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For The Second Day Of Christmas - No.11 Evangelist: ''Und Es Waren Hirten In Derselben Gegend''Martin Lattke0:36£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For The Second Day Of Christmas - No.12 Chorale: ''Brich An, O Schönes Morgenlicht''Dresdner Kammerchor 1:02£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For The Second Day Of Christmas - No.13 Evangelist, Engel: ''Und Der Engel Sprach Zu Ihnen''Martin Lattke0:42£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For The Second Day Of Christmas - No.14 Rezitativ (Baß): ''Was Gott Dem Abraham Verheißen''Konstantin Wolff0:38£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For The Second Day Of Christmas - No.15 Aria (Tenor): ''Frohe Hirten, Eilt, Ach Eilet''Wolfram Lattke 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For The Second Day Of Christmas - No.16 Evangelist: ''Und Das Habt Zum Zeichen''Gewandhausorchester Leipzig0:17£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For The Second Day Of Christmas - No.17 Chorale: ''Schaut Hin, Dort Liegt Im Finstern Stall''Dresdner Kammerchor0:40£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For The Second Day Of Christmas - No.18 Rezitativ (Baß): ''So Geht Denn Hin, Ihr Hirten, Geht''Konstantin Wolff0:46£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For The Second Day Of Christmas - No.19 Aria (Alto): ''Schlafe, Mein Liebster, Geniesse Der Ruh''Wiebke Lehmkuhl 8:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For The Second Day Of Christmas - No.20 Evangelist: ''Und Alsbald War Da Bei Dem Engel''Martin Lattke0:10£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For The Second Day Of Christmas - No.21 Chor: ''Ehre Sei Gott In Der Höhe''Dresdner Kammerchor 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For The Second Day Of Christmas - No.22 Rezitativ (Baß): ''So Recht, Ihr Engel, Jauchzt Und Singet''Konstantin Wolff0:23£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For The Second Day Of Christmas - No.23 Chorale: ''Wir Singen Dir In Deinem Heer''Dresdner Kammerchor 1:13£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Three - For The Third Day Of Christmas - No.24 Chor: ''Herrscher Des Himmels, Erhöre Das Lallen''Dresdner Kammerchor 1:36£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Three - For The Third Day Of Christmas - No.25 Evangelist: ''Und Da Die Engel Von Ihnen Gen Himmel Fuhren''Martin Lattke0:07£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Three - For The Third Day Of Christmas - No.26 Chor: ''Lasset Uns Nun Gehen Gen Bethlehem''Dresdner Kammerchor0:35£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Three - For The Third Day Of Christmas - No.27 Rezitativ (Baß): ''Er Hat Sein Volk Getröst''Konstantin Wolff0:35£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Three - For The Third Day Of Christmas - No.28 Choral: ''Dies Hat Er Alles Uns Getan''Konstantin Wolff0:45£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Three - For The Third Day Of Christmas - No.29 Duett (Sopran, Baß): ''Herr, Dein Mitleid, Dein Erbarmen''Carolyn Sampson 6:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Three - For The Third Day Of Christmas - No.30 Evangelist: ''Und Sie Kamen Eilend''Martin Lattke 1:04£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Three - For The Third Day Of Christmas - No.31 Aria (Alt): ''Schließe, Mein Herze, Dies Selige Wunder''Wiebke Lehmkuhl 4:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Three - For The Third Day Of Christmas - No.32 Recitativ (Alt): ''Ja, Ja, Mein Herz Soll Es Bewahren''Wiebke Lehmkuhl0:22£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Three - For The Third Day Of Christmas - No.33 Choral: ''Ich Will Dich Mit Fleiß Bewahren''Dresdner Kammerchor0:48£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Three - For The Third Day Of Christmas - No.34 Evangelist: ''Und Die Hirten Kehrten Wieder Um''Martin Lattke0:22£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Three - For The Third Day Of Christmas - No.35 Choral: ''Seid Froh Dieweil''Dresdner Kammerchor0:45£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen36. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Three - For The Third Day Of Christmas - No.24 Chor (Da Capo): ''Herrscher Des Himmels, Erhöre Das Lallen''Dresdner Kammerchor 1:43£0.39  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Four - For New Year's Day - No.36 Chor: ''Fallt Mit Danken, Fallt Mit Loben''Dresdner Kammerchor 4:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Four - For New Year's Day - No.37 Evangelist: ''Und Da Acht Tage Um Waren''Martin Lattke0:31£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Four - For New Year's Day - No.38 Rezitativ (Baß): ''Immanuel, O Süßes Wort'' Arioso (Chor-Sopran, Baß): ''Jesu, Du Mein Liebstes Leben'' - ''Komm Ich Will Dich MitKonstantin Wolff 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Four - For New Year's Day - No.39 Aria (Soprano, Echo-soprano): ''Flösst, Mein Heiland, Flösst Dein Namen''Carolyn Sampson 4:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Four - For New Year's Day - No.40 Rezitativ (Baß): ''Wohlan, Dein Name Soll Allein'' Arioso (Chor-Sopran): ''Jesu Mein Freud Und Wonne''Konstantin Wolff 1:20£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Four - For New Year's Day - No.41 Aria (Tenor): ''Ich Will Nur Dir Zu Ehren Leben''Wolfram Lattke 4:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Four - For New Year's Day - No.42 Choral: ''Jesus Richte Mein Beginnen''Dresdner Kammerchor 1:53£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Five - For The 1st Sunday In The New Year - No.43 Chor: ''Ehre Sei Dir, Gott, Gesungen''Dresdner Kammerchor 5:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Five - For The 1st Sunday In The New Year - No.44 Evangelist: ''Da Jesu Geboren War Zu Bethlehem''Martin Lattke0:21£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Five - For The 1st Sunday In The New Year - No.45 Chor: ''Wo Ist Der Neugeborne König Der Juden?'' - Rezitativ (Alt): ''Sucht Ihn In Meiner Brust''Dresdner Kammerchor 1:43£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Five - For The 1st Sunday In The New Year - No.46 Choral: ''Dein Glanz All Finsternis Verzehrt''Dresdner Kammerchor0:53£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Five - For The 1st Sunday In The New Year - No.47 Aria (Bass): ''Erleucht Auch Meine Finstre Sinnen''Konstantin Wolff 3:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Five - For The 1st Sunday In The New Year - No.48 Evangelist: ''Da Das Der König Herodes Hörte''Martin Lattke0:09£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Five - For The 1st Sunday In The New Year - No.49 Rezitativ (Alt): ''Warum Wollt Ihr Erschrecken?''Wiebke Lehmkuhl0:31£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Five - For The 1st Sunday In The New Year - No.50 Evangelist: ''Und Ließ Versammeln Alle Hohepriester''Martin Lattke 1:18£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Five - For The 1st Sunday In The New Year - No.51 Terzetto (Soprano, Alto, Tenor): ''Ach, Wann Wird Die Zeit Erscheinen?''Carolyn Sampson 5:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Five - For The 1st Sunday In The New Year - No.52 Rezitativ (Alt): ''Mein Liebster Herrschet Schon''Wiebke Lehmkuhl0:27£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Five - For The 1st Sunday In The New Year - No.53 Choral: ''Zwar Ist Solche Herzensstube''Dresdner Kammerchor0:58£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Six - For The Feast Of Epiphany - No.54 Chor: ''Herr, Wenn Die Stolzen Feinde Schnauben''Dresdner Kammerchor 4:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Six - For The Feast Of Epiphany - No.55 Evangelist: ''Da Berief Herodes Die Weisen Heimlich'' - Herodes: ''Ziehet Hin Und Forschet Fleißig''Martin Lattke0:46£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Six - For The Feast Of Epiphany - No.56 Rezitativ (Sopran): ''Du Falscher, Suche Nur Den Herrn Zu Fällen''Carolyn Sampson0:54£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Six - For The Feast Of Epiphany - No.57 Aria (Sopran): ''Nur Ein Wink Von Seinen Händen''Carolyn Sampson 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Six - For The Feast Of Epiphany - No.58 Evangelist: ''Als Sie Nun Den König Gehöret Hatten''Martin Lattke 1:09£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Six - For The Feast Of Epiphany - No.59 Chorale: ''Ich Steh An Deiner Krippen Hier''Dresdner Kammerchor 1:21£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Six - For The Feast Of Epiphany - No.60 Evangelist: ''Und Gott Befahl Ihnen Im Traum''Gewandhausorchester Leipzig0:20£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Six - For The Feast Of Epiphany - No.61 Rezitativ (Tenor): ''So Geht! Genug, Mein Schatz Geht Nicht Von Hier''Wolfram Lattke 1:37£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Six - For The Feast Of Epiphany - No.62 Aria (Tenor): ''Nun Mögt Ihr Stolzen Feinde Schrecken''Riccardo Chailly 3:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Six - For The Feast Of Epiphany - No.63 Rezitativ (Sopran, Alt, Tenor, Baß): ''Was Will Der Hölle Schrecken Nun?''Carolyn Sampson0:43£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Six - For The Feast Of Epiphany - No.64 Choral: ''Nun Seid Ihr Wohl Gerochen''Dresdner Kammerchor 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Riccardo Chailly conducts Leipzig’s famous Gewandhausorchester in Johann Sebastian Bach’s glorious collection of Christmas cantatas known as the Christmas Oratorio. An outstanding vocal cast includes Martin Lattke as the evangelist, acclaimed English soprano Carolyn Sampson and the voices of the Dresdner Kammerchor.

The six parts which make up the Christmas Oratorio tell the biblical story from Christ's birth to the adoration of the shepherds and the Magi, and the flight in to Egypt to escape Herod's slaughter of the infants. Having first conducted the Gewandhausorchester in 1986, Riccardo Chailly's association with Leipzig is now only one year less than Bach’s. Played on modern instruments, Chailly’s Bach beautifully demonstrates that vivid, stylistically aware performance is not the exclusive preserve of period instrument ensembles. This is the third of Bach's large-scale masterpieces recorded by the Gewandhausorchester under Riccardo Chailly and released on Decca and follows critical acclaim for The Brandenburg Concertos, released in January 2010  and the St. Matthew Passion, released in March 2010.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new addition to the XMas Oratorios 28 Jan 2011
By J. F. Laurson - Published on Amazon.com
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An imaginary* conversation with Riccardo Chailly about the Christmas Oratorio should include this bit:

Maestro Chailly--recording Bach with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, isn't that a little daring, even anachronistic, at a time when seemingly all orchestral baroque recordings are made by HIP ensembles.

"What exactly do you mean, with the `hip'?"

Oh, `Historically Informed Performance'... when an orchestra or chamb--

"Ah, but you must be kidding me. The Gewandhaus Orchestra, they play Bach every Sunday for the last two hundred years in the Thomaskirche. They accompany the Thomanerchoir who have been singing with Bach himself. My players have an unparalleled ease and artlessness of playing baroque music."

But they're playing on modern instruments...

"Yes. Of course, why do you ask? The Gewandhaus is not a period instrument baroque ensemble, of course. But you ask about `historically informed', no?. And I suggest that you would be hard pressed to find any ensemble that plays so naturally this music. Perhaps what you get is a `Third Way' Bach performance style. I think they sound marvelous and the music, you can tell it is in their blood. I hope you can hear the recordings when they come out."

Well, the recordings have come out, one by one, and the Christmas Oratorio, the last of the three, (preceding it were the Brandenburg Concertos, St. Matthew Passion; the St. John Passion will join maybe next year and the Mass in B minor is slated for 2014) hits the market just in time for the Advent and Christmas season. The Brandenburg Concertos is a tight, quicksilverish performance that veers, unsteadily, between big-band and PI-band that skates through Bach with great immediacy and ease--but ultimately not quite my cup of tea. The Matthew Passion and the Christmas Oratorio are more naturally suited to the orchestral treatment... I've skimmed the Matthew Passion recording with interest (and every intention to dig deeper into, perhaps around Easter). The six-partite Christmas Oratorio from 1734 (composed for the services starting at Christmas Day and ending with Epiphany) has a certain glorious ring to it, an earthy festiveness. That's in part due to the instrumentation and well possibly because of the sources from which Bach parodied most of it; his secular cantatas.

I have my personal favorites for the Christmas Oratorio--Karl Richter (Archiv, 1961) and Helmut Rilling (Hänssler, 1999)--but Chailly's is the kind of recording you pop into the player and without the need or wish to compare immediately jumps at you, delights, convinces. In an ideal sense, this is truly a hybrid not just of a smallish ensemble (I'm guesstimating something shy of three dozen players and the same in singers) with a big sound but also one that combines the comfortable feel of old with the transparency of new. Mostly, it packs an irresistible punch and a tremendously lively choir that does jubilating in jubilantly-nourished style. (Not like some one-to-the-part choruses where I admire the voices but can't help assuming that they're probably hungry.) All the singers, four out of five of which I don't know, are very good, natural, unaffected, the supreme Carolyn Sampson (Angel, indeed!) among them as primus inter pares. Anyway, a smashing success not for individual instances or moments but the overall impression. It has probably just become the recording I'll now reach for, before any other.

* not entirely imaginary, actually--much, if not most of this, is grafted from my interview with Riccardo Chailly for WETA. This review is taken from "Dip Your Ears, No.105" at ionarts.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chailly, Leipzig, Dresden ChambChoir, Soloists: JS Bach: Christmas Oratorio .... Joyful Sounds of the Advent Season 26 Dec 2010
By drdanfee - Published on Amazon.com
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In the Christian yearly liturgical calendar, we are in Advent. The basic story is the coming of an Anointed One, and the dramatic story of divine revealing, for better and for worse; and composers across long centuries have certainly taken this occasion to write more bright and lasting music than we could actually exhaust, even in a single Advent season. Who could quibble if someone said that JS Bach's Christmas Oratorio ... actually a set of six Advent cantatas ... was always and ever, among the best of our legacy musical celebrations?

Here Chailly in Leipzig completes a recent trio of new JS Bach releases. The other two were the St. Matthew Passion, and the Brandenburg Concertos, let loose in sequence. Both earlier sets were very fine, and could even be considered among the top choices for either the passion or the concertos. But to my ears right now, as good as the previous two releases from Leipzig were, this Christmas Oratorio sweep up all prizes.

Like the other two releases, this oratorio is extremely stylish, despite being played on modern instruments. I doubt that anybody who liked the oratorio much will complain about not having gut strings and small bore woodwinds or brass at hand. Leipzig players blow away all the cobwebs in our historical performance attics; with the sheer brilliance, depth, and brilliance of the music remaining - Center Stage. Spot lit. No passing whiff of dusty associations calls attention to the continuo and ripieno manners, as anything other than a means of making fine music. Thanks to these alert Leipzig players, we hear the oratorio as a vivid act of real, daily life ... no museum diorama connotations. The joy and magic of this old work are brought right into the current century; but without betraying a live, colorful, and dare I call it fun?, baroque style.

The chorus is the Dresden Chamber Choir. Kudos to Jorg Genslein their director, and many thanks to each chorus member for singing his or her heart out. The chorus is small enough to draw us in, in the more intimate chorales, and big enough to impress in the narrative and declamatory music. Weigh the lift and light of their opening celebration, and I think you would be hard pressed to find a choir that sounded more jubilant, or more precise.

Soprano soloist is Carolyn Sampson, and her early music performance credentials need no defense. Wiebke Lehmkuhl is alto soloist. Her name is new to me; but she matches the vocal high standards, as well as the heartfelt performance involvement, of the other singers and players. The tenor Evangelist is Martin Lattke, another new name. He is the real deal, all pure silver vocally, and incapable of even one boring or lackluster note as he tells his familiar Advent story. Wolfram Lattke takes the tenor arias, capturing their varied moments, both as story and as music. His aria, Frohe hirten, takes off, nearly lighter than air, and singing-dancing with frosty snowflaked gleam and effervescence. That moment alone will make lots of others among a very distinguished cast seem more earthbound than before. Konstantin Wolff is bass. He can be gruff in a simple, hearty way; or reflective, or lively as the moments demand - and his technique is never in question. His aria, Grosse Herr, is completely purged of awful Puritanical fears, in favor of sheer jubilance; a purer praise would be hard to imagine, vocally.

The larger flow across all six Advent cantatas is beautifully managed among all singers and players. For once those typical Bach chorales do not seem like oddly archaic Lutheran ritual reminders from a far lost time in past baroque centuries; but instead come right into the ongoing musical mix. The chorales draw a listener into All Things Advent, all still moving, all still breathing. Old-fashioned background hints of traditional German musical stiffness in playing and singing JS Bach are gone, gone, gone ... and that in Leipzig, the Cantor's home city, no less.

Some similar welcome is expressed in very lovely ways by the continuo players who manage to expressively transform their tonal lights to shine in adornment just so, on the effortless flow of shifting musical atmospheres without making us change rooms completely.

Kudos to that continuo group then. Christian Giger, cello. Christian Okert, double bass. David Petersen, bassoon. Michael Schonheit, chamber organ I. Choir soloist Maria Stosiek is just holly red berry perfect, in her small but beautiful work in the famous, familiar Echo aria, Flosst mein Heiland.

Advent for me has always meant Handel's Messiah, first and foremost among typical Advent vocal or choral works, generously supplemented and enhanced by all the carols traditional and modern, and further scaled upwards by the very great Bach oratorio for the season. Chailly here finally recalibrates my existing Advent musical balances. As when JS Bach actually came to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - and so continues so joyously, right to the latest, breaking Advent moments.
Herrscher des Himmels. Wowie, zowie, and yes.

Don't be afraid of this one, folks; it is simply beautiful, resonant Advent drama. Go Tell It On The Mountains... over the hills, and everywhere.
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