J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Christmas Oratorio

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Concentus musikus Wien, Wiener Saengerknaben, Chorus Viennensis
Soloists:Soloist of the Wiener Saengerknaben
Kurt Equiluz
Paul Esswood
Siegmund Nimsgern
Kurt Hammer
Othmar Berger
Hermann Rohrer
Leopold Stastny
Gottfried Hechtl
Juerg Schaeftlein
Paul Hailperin
Alfred Hertel
Karl Gruber
Alice Harnoncourt
Walter Pfeiffer
Peter Schoberwalter
Wilhelm Mergl
Josef de Sordi
Kurt Theiner
Milan Turkovic
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Eduard Hruza
Herbert Tachezi
Instrumentation:Choir
Orchestra
Vocal
Individual Works:Complete recording, BWV 248
1st part: Am 1. Weihnachtstage
2nd part: Am 2. Weihnachtstage
3rd part: Am 3. Weihnachtstage
4th part: Am Neujahrstage
5th part: Am Sonntag nach Neujahr
6th part: Am Festtag der Erscheinung Christi
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Teldec
Catalog Number:9031-77610-2
Year Released/Recorded:1972-1973
Total Playing Time:CD1: 76:07, CD2:78:15
Comments:As long as I can't find a better recording, this is an absolute reference recording. Harnoncourt is seldom able to interpret anything else, than "old" music, but he's good at Bach. And the Concentus Musicus is really good at this recording. Even the (delicate) part of the boys-choir ist represented by one of the best boys-choirs we know, the Wiener Saengerknaben (Vienna Boys Choir). On this recording I always think I can hear the music as Bach intended it to sound. And that's the best you ca n say of a recording of our days. Kurt Equiluz is known as an excellent Bach-singer- and so is Paul Esswood. On the whole: A recording, that is worth the money you spend on it.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • chris stvarnik
Date First Submitted:01/08/1997