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Bach - Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio) [Box set]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt Audio CD
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On Friday 2 October 2009 Nikolaus Harnoncourt was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Gramophone awards ceremony in London.

Celebrating his 80th birthday in 2009, Nikolaus Harnoncourt was born in Berlin, grew up in Graz (Austria) and studied the cello in Vienna, where from 1952 to 1969 he was a cellist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. In 1972 he became Professor for ... Read more in Amazon's Nikolaus Harnoncourt Store

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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (6 Oct 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B001E1TGA4
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2CD W/Nikolaus Harnoncourt/Schaefer/Fink/Gura/Finley/Ao

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing 24 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have a whole collection of Bach's Christmas Oratorio and have always had strong preferences towards certain interpretations, particularly as I sang a lot of Bach whilst being a student in Leipzig. This recording, however, is a welcome addition to my CD shelf and I could not take my ears off it for a few hours. The orchestra does not quite fulfil my admittedly high expectations, as they do not achieve the crispness and clarity you'd expect for Bach. The biggest surprise, however, is the lightness and perfect musical shape with which the Schönberg-Chor and all soloists perform. They never force a sound, they are able to zoom to high notes in perfect harmony, they sing with flawless diction, e.g. when they take the weight off end syllables,... just great. Since I found this recording so astonishing, I have placed some more CDs by this choir in my shopping basket. Can't wait for the St Matthew Passion!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent 8 Dec 2009
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Format:Audio CD
This is exceptional. Harnoncourt's most recent recording of the Christmas Oratorio is something special. Taken from a live performance it is full of joy and magnificence. The singers are excellent and the playing and chorus are also fine. But it is Harnoncourt's attention to details and his delightful attention to phrasing that makes this special. That and his command of the overall work.

The Christmas Oratorio is a collection is six cantatas but the best performances present it convincingly as a whole. Harnoncourt is perhaps the most convincing of all in this respect. This is a relatively slow Christmas Oratorio and yet despite this and the attention that he lavishes on phrases and details, the flow and dramatic tension never for a minute lapse.

I still love my Suzuki account. It is very different to this - it is crisp and light and clear in comparison - while sharing with it a willingness to let the music breathe. But if I had to choose - which is something I would hate to do - it would have to be Harnoncourt.

The sound is full rather than clear. The presentation is lavish - everything is gold. The price seems surprisingly cheap.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joyous celebration! 23 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is absolutely superb, a wonderfully joyous realisation of Bach's Christmas celebration work. Elegantly phrased and with tempi that appear just right, there is a wonderful sense of seasonal joy here. Choir, orchestra and soloists superb. One of those occasions where everything comes together. I've got three versions of this piece on CD but this is top of the list but for conducting, singing and, above all, for the sheer joy of celebration. Give yourself a treat and buy it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un tripudio natalizio 25 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
In questa registrazione effettuata al Musikverein di Vienna tra il dicembre 2006 e il gennaio 2007, Nikolaus Harnoncourt torna a misurarsi con l'Oratorio di Natale di Bach, già inciso nei primi anni Settanta. L'approccio è in parte differente: tempi mediamente più veloci, scelta di voci femminili nelle parti di soprano e contralto, apporto dell'ormai ampiamente collaudato Arnold Schoenberg Chor in luogo del Chorus Viennensis. Resta, naturalmente, la parte strumentale affidata all'insuperabile Concentus Musicus Wien.
Va detto che questa registrazione lascia senza parole sin dalle prime note: uno stupefacente affresco sonoro che si palesa subito, con il coro di apertura, in cui trombe, archi, flauti e timpani contribuiscono a definire una meravigliosa scenografia, corrispettivo della luce natalizia che irrompe con maestà nelle tenebre di una notte misteriosa. La cura degli equilibri, tanto a livello esecutivo quanto nella registrazione, è prodigiosa. Non ci sono aggettivi per descrivere la bellezza di traversieri, oboi, oboi d'amore, oboi da caccia, violini, trombe, timpani, voci solistiche di prim'ordine (Schafer, Fink, Gura, Finley, Gerharher). L'attenzione ai dettagli fa pensare ad altri ottimi interpreti del repertorio bachiano, rispetto ai quali Harnoncourt sembra prediligere un certo gusto per il fasto e per l'esuberanza del suono (di qui la scelta di un coro più numeroso a confronto, per es., di quello utilizzato da Masaaki Suzuki): cosa che conferisce un registro più grandioso ma non va mai a detrimento del rigore e della chiarezza. Insomma, si impone la necessità di rivolgere un ennesimo grazie al Maestro Harnoncourt, che si conferma sommo interprete bachiano. Una versione indubbiamente di riferimento.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bach Christmas Oratorio conducted by Harnoncourt 26 Feb 2013
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CD supplied promptly at the right price. My wife and I have known this work for many years in other versions, but playing it has hitherto had the feeling of duty rather than enjoyment; but by contrast Harnoncourt's performance has us listening again just for the sheer pleasure of it. Buy it!
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