Bach: Christmas Oratorio

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Deutsche Grammophon Eloquence
RELEASE DATE: 06/10/2017
3-CD set
First release on CD of Lehmann's recording of Bach's Christmas Oratorio.
The last recording by a pioneer of the Bach revival on record, newly remastered and issued complete on CD for the first time. Fritz Lehmann died before he could complete this remarkable reading and it was left to his chorus master, Günther Arndt, to record the last two cantatas. ‘He was simultaneously a dynamic force and an admonitory conscience in German musical life’ wrote recording producer Fred Hamel, in a tribute to Lehmann.

Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248
Christmas Oratorio

Helmut Krebs, Evangelist, tenor
Gunthild Weber, soprano, Angel
Sieglinde Wagner, contralto
Heinz Rehfuss, bass, Herod
Berliner Motettenchor
RIAS Kammerchor
Berliner Philharmoniker
Fritz Lehmann, conductor (Parts I–IV)
Günther Arndt, conductor (Parts V–VI)