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Bach Christmas Oratorio Parts 1, 2, 3 & 6
Katherine Watson soprano
Robin Blaze countertenor
Ed Lyon tenor
Dominic Sedgwick bass
Graham Ross conductor
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
From the unbounded joy of the opening chorus, Jauchzet, Frohlocket (Celebrate, Rejoice) to the concluding movements marking the adoration of the Magi, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is a festive treat.
Vigorous, uplifting choruses contrast with hugely expressive solos and duets, and orchestral colours range from blazing trumpets and drums to the mellow, pastoral depiction of shepherds at the cradle. It is, quite simply, some of Bach’s most attractively varied music, and a magnificent counter-balance to Handel’s Messiah at this time of year.