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"Chamber" Christmas Oratorio,
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This review is from: Bach: Christmas Oratorio [Dorothee Mields, Damien Guillon, Thomas Hobbs] [Euroarts: 2059504] [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
This is a very nice recording of these 6 cantatas. Very few performers (the choir is only 4 sopranos, 1 alto + 3 countertenors, 4 tenors and 4 basses, and I think there are less than 20 instrumentists). But they are all great. The vocal soloists sing with the chorus in the choral parts.
I think this is a very historically informed performance, first (obviusly) because the instruments are "historical", and second because Bach probably had no more than 40 musicians at his disposal when these cantatas where first performed.
The only "unhistorical thing" is probably that the choir is not a boys choir, but this is not a problem for me: I've enjoyed this recording a lot.
Please excuse my English, English is not my mother tongue.