J.S. Bach
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Christmas Oratorio

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Philip Pickett
Accompaniment/Orchestra:New London Consort
Soloists:Catherine Bott: Sorprano solo
Michael Chance: Countertenor solo
Paul Agnew: Evangelist
Andrew King: Tenor solo
Michael George: Bass solo
Plus 7 other soloists making up the chorus. The soloists as 12 sing together for the choral parts. They consist of 3 from each: Soprano, countertenor, tenor, and bass.
Double Bass
Oboe Da Caccia
Individual Works:Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Decca
Catalog Number:458 838-2
Year Released/Recorded:1997 released in US October 2000
Total Playing Time:Disc1: 77.07, Disc2: 69.35
Comments:Rich Rosenwald said:

Singing is beautiful. This rivals Gardiner's version because the structure and the singing is at a reasonable tempo. The organ blasts with timpani beats at the very beginning of "Jauchzet, Frohlocket!", as well as when the Timpani beats alone again. Gardiner's version did not have that. I've always liked Philip Pickett. I am glad he recorded the Christmas Oratorio. I love to hear it on fully authentic period baroque instruments, and it recreates Bach's time. If you are debating about getting Gardiner's version or this, get this. You'll be thankful you did.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Rich Rosenwald
Date First Submitted:11/18/2000
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