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Gaechinger Kantorei/Helmuth Rilling. Hänssler Classic 92076.
This recording, nominated for a 2001 Grammy, documents as fine a performance of the Christmas Oratorio as can be found in the catalog. Led by Helmuth Rilling, it is a vibrant, stylistically informed modern-instrument account in the noble tradition of Karl Richter, featuring smashingly good orchestral playing and superb singing both from the chorus and a first-rate group of soloists. Recorded “live” in Stuttgart from Christmas Day 1999 to Ephiphany (January 6) 2000 – the precise period in the liturgical calendar for which Bach composed the six cantatas that make up this work – it was issued late in 2000 as Vol. 76 of Hänssler’s Edition Bachakademie, one of
the final installments in that monumental, and utterly complete, tribute to Bach’s genius. James Taylor is a gentle and ingratiating Evangelist, as befits the story being told, and all four soloists – soprano Sibylla Rubens, mezzo Ingeborg Danz, tenor Marcus Ullmann, and bass Hanno Müller-Brachmann – do distinguished work in the arias. The sound is excellent. – Ted Libbey, author of
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Works on This Recording
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Hanno Müller-Brachmann (Bass),
Marcus Ullmann (Tenor),
Ingeborg Danz (Alto),
Sibylla Rubens (Soprano),
James Taylor (Tenor)
Stuttgart Bach Collegium,
Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany
Length: 155 Minutes 0 Secs.
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1734 - 1735).
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