Album: Bach, Weihnachts-Oratorium (Decca)

The Leipzig Gewandhausorchester's brilliant sound dances in Riccardo Chailly's jubilant recording of Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

The choral singing is lithe from the Dresdner Kammerchor. Bass Konstantin Wolff leads a well-balanced and characterful quintet of vocal soloists, with soprano Carolyn Sampson sounding peach-sweet in her arias. Among the uniformly excellent obbligato soloists, horn players Ralf Götz and Raimund Zell and violinists Sebastian Breuninger and Peter Gerlach deserve special mention. A joy from start to finish.