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Largely adapted from secular cantatas, the six Christmas Oratorio cantatas were intended for performance on particular days following Christmas. This fine recording is performed by eight to twelve singers, and an orchestra of seven string players with solo woodwind and brass, similar to Bach’s own resources, using period instruments at A415Hz and an unequal temperament. The musical result creates quite an impact, and the recorded balance between solo voices, ripieno choir and orchestra has been well judged. Tempi seem just right, with fine articulation, phrasing and diction. Adopting recent theory, both harpsichord and organ accompany the recitatives. An excellent interpretation.

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