"Exult, rejoice!" It is with these words proclaimed to the sound of timpani and trumpets that the Christmas Oratorio begins. Bach's most luminous work brings together six cantatas in which soloists, orchestra and choir compete in splendour. A must for the festive season, the work displays its shimmering colours through the sumptuous timbres of the Concert Lorrain. With the Concert Lorrain are the choir and orchestra, conductor Stephan Schultz, soprano Sarah Wegener, alto Marianne Beate Kielland, tenor Markus Schäfer, and bass Thomas E. Bauer.