Bach, Christmas Oratorio

Stephen Layton, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Bach: Christmas Oratorio [2013]

Bach - Christmas Oratorio (Stephen Layton, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) [2013]
Classical | Hyperion CDA 68031/2 | TT: 151.49 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 724 Mb

Christmas Oratorio is topical, it’s also universal. It doesn’t require lights or tinsel or presents under the tree to instruct, inspire, and/or entertain, especially if it is presented in as fine a performance as this one fashioned by Stephen Layton and his cohort. Layton is the director of music at Trinity College, Cambridge (having succeeded Richard Marlow), and his choir is top-notch, as is the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, mercifully identified as OAE. OAE’s roster is rife with such familiar names from the period instruments movement as Margaret Faultless (who is just that here) and Alison Bury. To mention Anthony Robson, oboe, and David Blackadder, trumpet, is not to slight any of the other players. Layton’s solo quartet is outstanding, too. James Gilchrist is always excellent, but never more so than here, doubling as Evangelist and soloist. Iestyn Davies has risen to the top rank of countertenors. Katherine Watson’s sweet soprano and Matthew Brook’s resonant bass are no less gratifying. Layton’s direction is near perfect, on the mark from start to finish. I’ve long treasured John Eliot Gardiner’s Christmas Oratorio , but Sir John will have to make room Stephen Layton at the top of my list. (George Chien)
Jos van Veldhoven, The Netherlands Bach Society - Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (2003/2009) [24bit/192kHz]

Jos van Veldhoven, The Netherlands Bach Society - Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (2003/2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time - 145:07 minutes | 4,71 GB
ChannelClassics' Studio Master, Digital Download | Digital booklet

This is one of those occasions where beauty and artistry are reflected not only on the surface but right through to the core. This is a marvelous performance of Bach's six-cantata cycle that offers ravishing choral singing, sharply detailed orchestral playing, and superior contributions from the four solo vocalists, all presented in state-of-the-art sound.
Bach - Christmas Oratorio (John Eliot Gardiner) (2014) [Blu-ray]

Bach - Christmas Oratorio (John Eliot Gardiner) (2014) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 28749 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 146 min | 35 GB
Audio1: German / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Audio2: German / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2027 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Classical | EuroArts | Sub: English, German, French, Japanese, Korean

In the historic Weimar Herder Church Sir John Eliot Gardiner finds the perfect setting for his recording of the Bach Christmas Oratorio. Against the backdrop of the dramatic altar and Lucas Granach paintings, the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists perform Gardiner's new interpretation of this classic piece. With this interpretation of the Christmas Oratorio, Gardiner shows himself once again to be an incontestible specialist of Bach's music.

Bach - Christmas Oratorio (Stephen Layton) (2013)  Music

Posted by Ebisu at June 15, 2014
Bach - Christmas Oratorio (Stephen Layton) (2013)

Bach - Christmas Oratorio (Stephen Layton) (2013)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Img+Cue, Log | Covers | 725 MB
Label: Hyperion | Catalog N.: CDA68031/2 | TT: 151:49

Substantially culled from a couple of earlier secular cantatas, Bach’s 1734 present to the churchgoers of Leipzig revels in such elevated recycling that it’s not impossible Bach had the Christmas Oratorio at the back of his mind from the very start. Stephen Layton unwraps it with all due festive pomp and circumstance. Part V’s ‘Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen’ bowls along with irrepressible ebullience, and the majestic opening of Part V is powered by a confident, striding energy. Yet some tempos play a little safe; Layton’s measured, well-manicured approach may exude a quiet authority, but Masaaki Suzuki’s lightness of touch and René Jacobs’s theatricality give a dash more seasonal sparkle.
The King’s Singers; WDR Big Band – Bach – Christmas Oratorio (2010)

The King’s Singers; WDR Big Band – Bach – Christmas Oratorio (2010)
Classical/Jazz | FLAC lossless 2cd | cuesheets+logs | covers+booklet | 1h47m14s | 655mb
Label: Signum Classics | cat. no. SIGCD215
J.S.Bach - Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium) BWV248 - Nikolaus Harnoncourt

J.S.Bach - Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium) BWV248
Concentus musicus, Wiener Sängerknaben - Nikolaus Harnoncourt

2CD | APE + CUE | No LOG | Covers | 664.5Mb | 1:16:09 + 1:18:17 | DAS ALTE WERK 2008

J.S.Bach - Christmas Oratorio  Music

Posted by Ignazio Favagrossa at Dec. 17, 2008
J.S.Bach - Christmas Oratorio

J.S.Bach - Christmas Oratorio
2008 | 2 CDs | APE+CUE | Booklet | RAR 750Mb

Nikolaus Harnoncourt's Christmas Oratorio is magnificent, full of joy and radiant good spirits. He supplies plenty of variation in the dynamics, whizzing from quiet to loud and back like a turbocharged sleigh doing the rounds of a housing estate, and gets deliciously characterised performances from Evangelist Werner Güra and the rest of the soloists.

Bach - Christmas Oratorio  Music

Posted by dino63 at Nov. 18, 2008
Bach - Christmas Oratorio

Bach - Christmas Oratorio
DVD9 | NTSC | DTS 5.1 PCM Stereo | 7.71GB
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | 2005
Nikolaus Harnoncourt | Concentus Musicus Wien

Bach - Christmas Oratorio / Gardiner  Music

Posted by trackball at May 9, 2008
Bach - Christmas Oratorio / Gardiner

Bach - Christmas Oratorio / Gardiner
Classical | APE & CUE | 2 CDs, Covers, booklet .PDF | 284+277 Mb
Date: October 25, 1990

Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Magnificat - Edward Higginbottom (Lossless)  Music

Posted by Спасиклас at Dec. 10, 2007
Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Magnificat - Edward Higginbottom (Lossless)

Bach: Christmas Oratorio Part 1 - Magnificat (with Christmas interpolations) - Edward Higginbottom
BBC Music Dec 1996 | Ape, Cue, Scans | 61':15'' | 272 MB | 3 Files

Lossless upload of this fine CD (there was an mp3 upload in November)
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