Music and Vision homepage Is my concert listed at Music and Vision?

DVD Spotlight

Innovative Colours

J S Bach's
Christmas Oratorio -
reviewed by
HOWARD SMITH

'... musically reliable ...'

Bach: Christmas Oratorio. © 2011 BRmedia Service GmbH

The youngest child of Johann Ambrosius Bach and Maria Elisabeth Lämmerhirt, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) was a workaholic who, within his extensive total output, penned more than two-hundred-and-fifty-one cantatas -- many unknown to the casual listener.

St John and St Matthew Passions are penetrating, frequently visited adaptations of the gospels while the Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) and Mass in B minor (BWV 232) reveal Bach's ability to deal fixedly with the mystery of the nativity and with death.

This recent DVD of Bach's 'Christmas Oratorio', a live performance, is musically reliable, the more so as its performers are the unsurpassed Munich-based Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin.

It's especially notable for technically advanced light designs distinguishing the individual cantatas, with innovative colors their most striking characteristic...

Copyright © 1 December 2012 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

-------

BACH: CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

NETHERLANDS

GERMANY

CHORAL MUSIC

 << Music & Vision home      Classical DVD reviews       La bohème >>

 

Wild Camel Protection Foundation - Patron: Dr Jane Goodall CBE