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Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Katherine Watson; Iestyn Davies; James Gilchrist; Matthew Brook. Stephen Layton

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Layton's performance has the earmarks of period style: brisk tempos, lowered pitch, choral trills, modest ornamentation in both vocal and instrumental parts, and so forth. The soloists are excellent, particularly tenor Gilchrist, who is both an ardent Evangelist and an agile soloist in a wonderfully fast 'Frohe Hirten'. This is a very fine performance, and the bulk of the credit belongs here.

Stephen Layton and the combined forces of the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and an impressive line-up of soloists present a joyous rendition of Bach's evergreen Christmas Oratorio. This six-part masterpiece covers the events of the nativity to Epiphany and beautifully evokes the pastoral atmosphere of the gospels, which is such an important part of the Christmas liturgy. James Gilchrist has become one of the most admired evangelists performing today, his limpid, flexible tone and great musicianship bringing the stories thrillingly to life.

American Record Guide
Trinity College, Cambridge is one of the finest in England; and under Stephen Layton's more-than capable direction they are sustaining the dazzling reputation...

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge (01/10/2013-01/14/2013).


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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge (01/10/2013-01/14/2013)
  • Running Time: 134 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734