Nov 13


Saint-Saëns; Oratorio de Noël performed by the Bachchor and Bachorchester Mainz ?????; Requiem and Psaume XVIII, by the L’Orchestre National D’Ile France ????

Both of these works are excellent, that oddly have not made it into the standard repertoire . The first piece, a Christmas oratorio, is superbly performed with sensitivity to the script. Neither piece has catchy tunes to titillate the senses or become the object of Hollywood movie moguls. Both have a sweetness to them that make listening easy. Saint-Saëns varies from simplicity to complexity in the pieces while avoiding the bombastic attacks of orchestra and choir as Händel and others might do. Both are high recommendations.

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