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Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – Recorded Live at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Weimar, Germany

December 23rd, 2012
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One of but many wonderful things about this recording is that it was done in St. Peter and Paul Church in Weimar, Germany, and you have a beautiful view of the magnificent Cranach altar painting throughout. Enjoy! You can find the rest of the parts on YouTube.

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  1. Bill Wingfield
    December 20th, 2011 at 14:55 | #1

    This is a superb production. The performers are outstanding. The conductor lets the music speak. The filming, editing, and sound are remarkable. To hear Bach done so well in such a beautiful church is a feast for the eyes and ears. It doesn’t get much better than this. Thank you for an early Christmas gift, Rev. McCain.

  2. December 20th, 2011 at 19:50 | #2

    This is wonderful, what I’ve seen and heard of it. Alas, streaming video is not allowed at work, so I’ll finish seeing it at home. So cool to see t hat Cranach painting over the altar in a real church filled with real people after admiring it for so long on your blog header. I wish more Lutheran churches looked like that on this side of the pond.

  3. Jonathan Rupprecht
    December 20th, 2011 at 21:26 | #3

    Paul, thanks so much for this rich treat! Truly inspiring! If only more people could get to appreciate this type of solid, quality, enriching, uplifting worship material instead of settling for “CCM”!

    Again, many thanks!

  4. Eric Forss
    December 21st, 2011 at 07:27 | #4

    Do you know if and where copies of this recording can be purchased?

  5. Peter Sovitzky
    December 21st, 2011 at 07:34 | #5

    One reason people do settle for CCM is it is EASY!!! As a professional singer (who actually sang this 1st part of the Christmas Oratorio with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra a few years back) you have to realize how much money you need to perform music of this sort well. You need real musicians to do this stuff. Some churches can sort of pull off some Bach at times, but it is tough…you WILL need professional instrumentalists to do this stuff justice. That is the shame, I think…so many churches go for the CCM junk because it is easy…they can just get folks from the congregation that play guitar or whatever and you can make it sound half way decent (as far as that banal music is concerned).
    I wish more churches saw true music as a priority and spent money on it accordingly.

  6. Michial
    December 21st, 2011 at 16:05 | #6

    @Eric Forss
    This is done by Sir John Eliot Gardiner if I am not mistaken. Go to amazon and type that in. He is by far my favorite conductor. He’s the John Rutter of conducting.

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