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2.0 out of 5 stars If money is the object..., 2 Dec. 2003
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This review is from: Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Audio CD)
I find this recording very boring indeed. The orchestra is too big and cumbersome, the choir sings uninspired and with very bad diction, precision and pronounciation and the soloists are dull to say the least. The sound of the recording is flat and a bit noisy in places. The solo instruments (for instance the trumpet in "Grosser Herr, o starker König) blends too much with the rest of the orchestra, so that you can't hear the beautiful counterpoint with the bass soloist, the same thing is present in the tenor aria "Frohe Hirten eilt, ach eilet". The counterpoint in general is very hard to hear in this recording (Jauchzet, frolokket is more like a soup of sound than a sequence of clear themes and counterpoint). If you don't want to spend a lot of money on the christmas oratorio, it may be worthwhile to go for this one, but if you need a recording for anything more than just background music for doing the dishes in december, you should go for Gardiner's recording, Jacob's on Harmonia Mundi (if you are a period performance buff and find Gardiner a bit too heavy) or Richter's with Wunderlich, Janowitz and Crass if you enjoy the full (romantic!?) sound of the Münchener Bach Orchester and Chor. If lack of money is the issue, I guess this will do, but you can also find Harry Christophers' recording with The Sixteen at bargain price (Out on the Collins label), which I would find far superior to this one, even though it's not all the way up there with Gardiner et al
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