BACH Weihnachts-Oratorium Gardiner 4232322

Gardiner's incisive dramatic instincts coax a thrilling "edge" from his Monteverdi Choir . . . And his soloists seduce and reassure at every turn -- Anthony Rolfe Johnson a very "'English" self-effacing Evangelist, baritone Olaf Bar honeyed yet authoritative, mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter simply radiant.