Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - The Sunday Times

This is a beautifully crafted performance of the six cantatas that constitute Bach's Christmas Oratorio, with the director opting for the historically appropriate intimate scale. So no chorus, but two quartets of solo singers (three cantatas for each), and reinforcements of another quartet only in the choruses involving trumpets. There's an easy flow to the tempos and the glowing singing of the arias is matched by deeply impressive instrumental obbligatos.

19 December 2016