There were two different performances of Bach Christmas Oratorio in London the same day at the same time: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Jurowski at Royal Festival Hall and Dunedin Consort with John Butt at Wigmore Hall. My choice was the later, because I believe that this work is better presented in a HIP way and because I really wanted to listen to Dunedin Consort after having enjoyed very much their recording of Bach passions. I made the right choice.

Butt used two-voices-per-part choir. The instrumental forces barely fit on the Wigmore Hall stage but he did an impressing job adapting the sound to the hall side: from the timpani strength to the silence durations. Singers were all stunning and players precise. Butt conducting from the keyboard worked as expected on perfect textures transparencies and balance resulting on a agile, light and bright performance.