Notes & Reviews:
Gramophone Classical Music Guide 2010
Masaaki Suzuki faces plentiful if not invariably stiff competition in this work. In fact, it outstrips most of its rivals, in respect both of vocal and instrumental considerations... A notable quality in Masaaki Suzuki's direction is his feeling for naturally expressive contours, allowing the music to breathe freely. Best of all, perhaps, is his refusal to pay even lip service to Bach's supposed predilection for fast tempos. Everything here seems to be exceptionally well judged.... The soloists are generally very good indeed... A small, well balanced choir of technical agility and an accomplished quorum of instrumentalists set the seal on an outstanding achievement. The finest all-round performance of the Christmas Oratorio on disc.
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Works DetailsBach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
- Performers: Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor); Peter Kooij; Monika Frimmer (Voice); Gerd Türk (Tenor)
- Running Time: 116 min. 9 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Christmas
- Written: 1734