Notes & Reviews:
American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Ristenpart's performance was made in Berlin's Jesus Christus Kirche, and the tapes are from German Radio's archives. It is astonishingly clear and quiet for a recording from 1950. The lengthy notes place the recording nicely into the political and cultural times. To sum up: the Layton is heartily recommended to all who appreciate period performance.
Following the Bach cantatas edition (audite 21.415) with Karl Ristenpart, audite continues the series of historic recordings from the archives of RIAS Berlin with a complete recording of the Christmas Oratorio. As soloists, Ristenpart engaged leading Bach singers of the time, thus ensuring that the recitatives of the Evangelist, the arias and ensembles were of particularly high quality. Alongside the RIAS Chamber Choir and the RIAS Chamber Orchestra a recording was created in December 1950 which both validly represents Bach interpretation of that time, and also heralds, notably in Parts 4 and 5, historically informed performance practice.