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Bach: Christmas Oratorio Arias & Choruses / Richter


Release Date: 02/01/1999 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 463003   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gundula JanowitzFranz CrassFritz WunderlichChrista Ludwig
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Karl Richter's performance dates from 1965, since when it has seldom been out of the catalogue. It is in an entirely different class... Richter's Munich Bach Choir were at a peak at this time and the results are often quite exciting. Under Richter's direction the ''Ehre sei dir, Gott'' chorus...is appropriately lustig with wonderfully light-hearted singing and orchestral playing... [T]he arias with Gundula Janowitz and Fritz Wunderlich...[are] of a calibre which will always ensure considerable enjoyment...

-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramphone [3/1989, reviewing the complete Christmas Oratorio, DG 427236]
Karl Richter's performance dates from 1965, since when it has seldom been out of the catalogue. It is in an entirely different class... Richter's Munich Bach Choir were at a peak at this time and the results are often quite exciting. Under Richter's direction the ''Ehre sei dir, Gott'' chorus...is appropriately lustig with wonderfully light-hearted singing and orchestral playing... [T]he arias with Gundula Janowitz and Fritz Wunderlich...[are] of a calibre which will always ensure considerable enjoyment...

-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramphone [3/1989, reviewing the complete Christmas Oratorio, DG 427236]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Franz Crass (Bass), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor),
Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Ideal for Xmas December 28, 2017 By Christian  Draz (Boston, MA) See All My Reviews "After being assaulted in every commercial establishment with nonstop American Christmas tunes - Drummer boy, Rudolph, White Christmas, ad nauseum - it was pure heaven to listen to this abridged version of Bach's Christmas oratorio when I got back home. The soloists are each top drawer and the sound quality for an older recording is excellent. And then of course there is Bach at the top of his game!" Report Abuse
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