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Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Biller, Schlick, Naef, Pregardien, Mertens

Release Date: 10/20/2000 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 464130   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Barbara SchlickYvonne NaefChristoph PrégardienKlaus Mertens
Conductor:  Georg Christoph Biller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus OrchestraLeipzig Thomaner Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Philips' 1999 recording of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio features the choir of Leipzig's St. Thomas Church, the church Bach was serving when he wrote the piece in 1734. Georg Christoph Biller leads the choir and the excellent Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in a lively performance of the celebratory masterpiece. The choir and orchestra are larger than standard for historically informed interpretations of the piece, but the singing and playing are both agile and substantial. Among the soloists, tenor Christophe Prégardien and bass Klaus Mertens have the strongest international reputations, but soprano Barbara Schlick and mezzo-soprano Yvonne Naef also deliver fine performances. Philips' sound is clean and clear.

-- Stephen
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Works on This Recording

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Yvonne Naef (Alto), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor),
Klaus Mertens (Bass)
Conductor:  Georg Christoph Biller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig Thomaner Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 

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