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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

John Terauds
Musical Toronto, December 2013

The six cantatas that make up J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio are magnificent vocal and instrumental showcases as well as compelling stories. All are brought vividly to uplifting life by Belgian period-performance conductor Philippe Herreweghe and his remarkable Collegium Vocale Ghent.

The performances are flawless, with spacious yet clear audio, impressive playing by the orchestra and great singing by the soloists and choir. © 2013 Musical Toronto Read complete review

Johan van Veen
MusicWeb International, December 2013

The choral parts are beautifully performed as one would expect from [the Collegium Vocale Gent].

Herreweghe remains true to the standard in Bach performance…solo voices, a small choir and a small ensemble of period instruments. To date this recording is probably the best interpretation according to that standard. That is no mean achievement. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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