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Kirk McElhearn
MusicWeb International, January 2014

…the choir shines in this performance. The sound that Herreweghe gets from his choirs is exemplary. He is a master at getting the correct balance between the singers and instrumentalists, and this performance shows that attention to detail that makes his recordings so satisfying. While all of the soloists are very good, it’s the overall feel that makes this delightful.

…if you want an excellent recording of the Christmas Oratorio, this is for you. Good playing, good singing, and very good sound make this a satisfying disc. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Vickers
Gramophone, January 2014

BACH, J.S.: Christmas Oratorio (Herreweghe) (NTSC) 2059508
BACH, J.S.: Christmas Oratorio (Herreweghe) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2059504

This concert at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels is not only musically beguiling but also filmed intelligently, with the production team always illuminating exactly the right views of the musical details perfectly on cue: one cannot watch this without admiring organist Maude Gratton’s delicate touch, Marcel Ponseele’s profound oboe-playing and violinist Christine Busch’s attentive leadership (and in particular her breathtaking obbligato in ‘Schliesse, mein Herze, dies selige Wunder’). © Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Jeffrey Kauffman, December 2013

Philippe Herreweghe…leads his fabulous Collegium Vocale Gent Choir and Orchestra through a thrilling performance of Bach’s piece…Collegium Vocale Gent’s textures are beautifully transparent and well realized throughout the long running time of the oratorio.

If you’ve never heard Bach’s stunning Christmas Oratorio, this fantastic performance is a great way to start. This Blu-ray features very good video and audio, and the performance itself is top rate. Recommended. © 2013 Read complete review

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