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Bach: Christmas Oratorio BWV 248

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists,
Claron McFadden soprano, Bernarda Fink alto, Christoph Genz tenor,
Dietrich Henschel bass
Sir John Eliot Gardiner

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. For the renowned conductor, this Weimar concert is a special performance, marking the start of his Bach Cantata Pilgrimage. With this new interpretation of the Christmas Oratorio, Gardiner shows himself once again to be an incontestable specialist of Bach’s music.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
Cantatas I – VI

Facts DVD Blu-ray

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Picture format
NTSC 16:9
Sound format
PCM Stereo
Dolby Digital 5.1
dts 5.1
Total running time
191 mins
Details running time
142 mins (Oratorio), 52 mins (Documentary)
English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Booklet notes
English, French, German
No. of discs
documentaries: J.S. Bach: Jauchzet, frohlocket! An Introduction to the
Christmas Oratorio & Bach revisited – J.E. Gardiner in Saxony and Thuringia