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The outstanding English conductor, John Eliot Gardiner, first took up the baton at the age of fifteen. As an undergraduate student at Cambridge University, he toured the Middle East conducting the Oxford and Cambridge Singers before founding the Monteverdi Choir in 1964. After graduating, he studied with Thurston Dart in London and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

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  • Performer: Nancy Argenta, Anne Sofie von Otter, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Hans-Peter Blochwitz
  • Orchestra: Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists
  • Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 1987)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • ASIN: B0000057D5
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. No.1 Chorus: "Jauchzet, frohlocket" - The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
2. No.2 Evangelist: "Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit" - Anthony Rolfe Johnson, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
3. No.3 Rezitativ (Alt): "Nun wird mein liebster Bräutigam" - Anne Sofie von Otter, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
4. No.4 Aria (Alto): " Bereite dich, Zion" - Anne Sofie von Otter, Anthony Robson, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
5. No.5 Choral: "Wie soll ich dich empfangen" - English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir
6. No.6 Evangelist: "Und sie gebar ihren ersten Sohn" - Anthony Rolfe Johnson, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
7. No.7 Chorale: "Er ist auf Erden kommen arm", Recitativ (Bass): Wer will die Liebe recht erhöhn" - Olaf Bär, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
8. No.8 Aria (Baß): "Großer Herr, o starker König" - Olaf Bär, Crispian Steele-Perkins, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
9. No.9 Choral: "Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein" - The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
10. No.10 Sinfonia - English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
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Disc: 2
1. No.36 Chor: "Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben" - The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
2. No.37 Evangelist: "Und da acht Tage um waren" - Anthony Rolfe Johnson, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
3. No.38 Rezitativ (Baß): "Immanuel, o süßes Wort" Arioso (Chor-Sopran, Baß): "Jesu, du mein liebstes Leben"-"Komm ich will dich mit Lust umfassen" - Nancy Argenta, Olaf Bär, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
4. No.39 Aria (Soprano, Echo-soprano): "Flösst, mein Heiland, flösst dein Namen" - Nancy Argenta, Katie Pringle, Anthony Robson, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
5. No.40 Rezitativ (Baß): "Wohlan, dein Name soll allein" Arioso (Chor-Sopran): "Jesu mein Freud und Wonne" - Nancy Argenta, Olaf Bär, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
6. No.41 Aria (Tenor): "Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben" - Hans Peter Blochwitz, Alison Bury, Maya Homburger, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
7. No.42 Choral: "Jesus richte mein Beginnen" - English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir
8. No.43 Chor: "Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen" - English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir
9. No.44 Evangelist: "Da Jesu geboren war zu Bethlehem" - Anthony Rolfe Johnson, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
10. No.45 Chor: "Wo ist der neugeborne König der Juden?" - Rezitativ (Alt): "Sucht ihn in meiner Brust" - Anne Sofie von Otter, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By "qpad" on 23 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This might very well be the ultimate recording of the Christmas Oratorio. Orchestra, choir, soloists and conductor are all fabolous. Precise, inspired and vibrant. There really aren't any flaws with this one- it goes straight to the heart.
My largest compliment to Bonney, von Otter, Rolfe-Johnson, Crook and Bär, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and not least Sir John.
I will compare this to two other recordings:
If you like your baroque music with a little more meat than in period performances, you should go for Richter's recording and enjoy Fritz Wunderlich as the evangelist. Richter has a more powerful, but also a little more cumbersome sound than Gardiner, but if you can't live without a large choir and traditional instruments, Richter is the one to go for.
Secondly, I will mention the obvious period performance competitor, namely the one from Harmonia Mundi with Rene Jacobs conducting. While that is also a notable account, it is more "puritan" in the presentation and the artistic impression is more dry and academic than with Gardiner. And Jacobs uses the default Harmonia Mundi alto, counter tenor Andreas Scholl, to sing the part of the Virgin Mary. Although he sounds more like a woman than most counter tenors, there is just something wrong with a man singing "Schlafe, mein Liebste". There is nothing to suggest, that Bach didn't use a female contralto for the Christmas Oratorio, so please stop thinking that it is historically correct to have this part sung by a man... it's just plain "Life of Brian" to have the Holy Mother played by a man in falsetto. Take Anne-Sofie von Otter in this recording to hear what a baroque mezzo should sound like in period performance.
Or do like me and get both Richter and Gardiner.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Dec. 2007
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This disc is a bit of an oddity. I can give it a perfectly sincere recommendation, but I think I had better explain myself carefully, and explain exactly what I am recommending.

The spirit of the selection is much what you would expect in a disc entitled `Christmas Treats from JSB' or `Immortal Melodies from The Christmas Oratorio' or something of that sort. Bach's Christmas Oratorio is not an oratorio in the Handelian sense. In the 1730's Bach faithfully turned out a cantata for each Sunday and major feast, but in one particular year he elected to reprocess some of his older music, most of it secular originally, and string the numbers together for the entire festive season under the overall title of `Christmas Oratorio'. Borrowing, adaptation and recomposition of earlier music, sometimes one's own sometimes someone else's, was a standard practice at the time. Nobody saw anything wrong with it, and to this day neither do I. Neither Bach nor Handel can exactly be taxed with lack of original output in astonishing quantities, and it is not as if the recycling of the material was not quite a major task in its own right. The Christmas Oratorio is commonly viewed as a lesser work than the B minor Mass or the St Matthew Passion, and while I probably go along with that view to a certain extent, I don't do so for the reasons I usually see argued. The secular origin of the music is neither here nor there in my opinion - all Bach's music is explicitly written for the greater glory of God. Also, when I see this work compared to its disadvantage with the B minor Mass on grounds of recycling, I have to recall that the B minor Mass itself is made up of recycled material practically from start to finish.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Aug. 2001
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The Christmas Oratorio is a bright and brilliant work from the first sound of the timpani and the chorus singing "Christians Be Joyful". Even if you are an atheist, it is hard not to be moved by this thrilling sound. John Eliot Gardiner conducts his Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists with customary skill, the soloists are good, the ensemble singing electric and the orchestra great. I've beginning to think it is hard to go wrong when buying anything from this stable....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Dec. 2012
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This major work by Bach is magnificent and is worth investigating if you have never heard it. On this recording you get a really excellent performance of this great work.
Bach's Christmas Oratorio consists of six cantatas. Bach has used pieces of the composition before this but he brings everything together as one unified and new work.
The original intention was for performance of each part on a different day during the twelve days of Christmas. The first three parts deal with Christmas itself and the birth of Christ. The fourth deals with the naming of Jesus and the fifth deals with the reactions of King Herod. The final part deals with the visit of the wise men.
The composition opens with the jubilant D major chorus followed by words of the Evangelist from Luke's Gospal.
The whole recording is on period instruments without over the top vibrato on strings and choir.
The sound and balance of everyone in the recording is excellent. This is a great oratorio and an excellent interpretation.
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By Big Bando on 14 Feb. 2014
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Have listened to this over and over again. I simply love it. The choral pieces in particular. It's not "car" music, but I do listen to it in the car, some parts are quite, but overall superb quality recording and one that, if you love choral music, or Messiah, you MUST hear this recording.
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