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Christmas Oratorio

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My personal favourite is the Gardiner live Herderkirche performance, that can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPOVZ3YVxFI

However, there are now versions for every taste, and I came across a bit of an old favourite in YouTube - Hermann Prey singing Grosser Herr und starker König from Cantata 1 from the old Philips recording by Eugen Jochum. I find it difficult to imagine that anyone can improve on this particular interpretation:

[video=youtube;BMGXQFsR9aU]

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I like Gardiner, too. Lovely thwacky timps in the opening sequence of his DG recording. :^

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