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Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Münchinger, Ameling


Release Date: 06/30/1997 
Label:  London/Decca Double Decker Catalog #: 455410   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elly AmelingPeter PearsTom KrauseHelen Watts
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber OrchestraLübeck Kantorei
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Previous recordings allotted the words of the angel in the Evangelist's narration of No. 13 to the tenor, but Münchinger rightly, in my view, gives them to the Angel. His direction is more lively and, where called for, more dramatic than in the competing version under Richter, and the Decca recording has, also, an extra brightness and clarity lacking in the DGG. The soloists are admirable in both versions, and in both, also, the Pastoral Symphony is beautifully played.

-- Gramophone [12/1969, reviewing the LP release of highlights from this recording, Decca 423]
Previous recordings allotted the words of the angel in the Evangelist's narration of No. 13 to the tenor, but Münchinger rightly, in my view, gives them to the Angel. His direction is more lively and, where called for, more dramatic than in the competing version under Richter, and the Decca recording has, also, an extra brightness and clarity lacking in the DGG. The soloists are admirable in both versions, and in both, also, the Pastoral Symphony is beautifully played.

-- Gramophone [12/1969, reviewing the LP release of highlights from this recording, Decca 423]
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Works on This Recording

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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elly Ameling (Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor), Tom Krause (Baritone),
Helen Watts (Alto)
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  Lübeck Kantorei
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1734 - 1735). 

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