|Main Performer |
|Soloists:||Weihnachts-Oratorium: Elly Ameling, soprano|
Helen Watts, contralto
Peter Pears, tenor
Tom Krause, bass.
|Individual Works:||Weihnachts-Oratorium ,BWV 248|
Magnificat, BWV 243
|Catalog Number:||425 441-2|
|Total Playing Time:||3 hrs, 10 min|
|Comments:||George Murnu said:|
A wonderfully fresh recording of the Christmas Oratorio that I like more and more with repeated listenings. Made in 1967, the recording bought new insights to the work at that time and its charm is still well-preserved. Perhaps Munchinger's most successful recording of a major vocal work by Bach. I particularly like his choice of tempi, not too fast, neither too slow. The soloists are very good as well with Ameling
outstanding, although I have reservations about Pears; I find his voice better suited to Purcell or to Britten's War Requiem than to Bach - my favorite evangelist remains Fritz Wunderlich. The recording has been recently re-issued in Decca / London's 2-for-1 series ( without the Magnificat, of course); at that price is a steal. As for the Magnificat, performed of course in the revised D major version that it is universally prefered today, I'm not that enthusiastic. I find it too heavy for my taste. I prefer Kurt Redel or Helmut Rilling for the Magnificat. However, this is one of my favorite recordings of the Oratorio and I return happily to it Christmas after Christmas.
|Acknowledgements:||Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:|
|Date First Submitted:||12/12/1997|