Christmas Concertos & Cantatas | Chandos - Classics CHAN0754X

Christmas Concertos & Cantatas


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Label: Chandos - Classics

Cat No: CHAN0754X

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 1st September 2008



Including some of the most beautiful baroque Christmas music on offer, this programme makes for the perfect Christmas collection. ‘This is period-instrument performance at its best’, wrote American Record Guide on the CD’s original release. It is re-issued here for the first time.

Three popular favourites, Corelli’s gorgeous Concerto for Christmas Eve, an idyllic Christmas concerto by Vivaldi, and Manfredini’s Concerto grosso are complemented by two little-known cantatas by Telemann and Scarlatti. Each of the Italian composers has his own voice, contrasting tremendously with the more rugged German style of Telemann.

Susan Gritton is the soloist in Scarlatti’s cantata, described by Classic CD as ‘ravishing and ravishingly sung… worth anyone’s CD token’.

This is a disc of intimate Christmas music, which will make an ideal stocking filler. As Classic CD wrote at the time of the original release, ‘This is a delightful addition to the Christmas market, and the careful selection of its items and superb recording ensure that, like the traditional puppy, it’s not just for Christmas’.

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