• The Baroque Christmas Album

    This compilation of re-issues, originally recorded in the 1990s and 2001 features music, by Bach, Charpentier, Gabrieli, Schütz, Corelli (the famous beloved "Pastorale") and Praetorius, all of it beautiful and just right for celebrating a festival of light, hope, worshipful praise, and jubilation. It is performed to perfection by several period vocal and instrumental groups, the latter tuned to various "authentic" pitches. Some of the pieces are excerpts from longer works, some are arrangements, such as four lovely French Christmas carols in an instrumental version by Charpentier, whose harmonic and contrapuntal complexity makes the simplicity of the melodies all the more touching. There are also two reconstructions by Paul McCreesh of Christmas services as they might have been heard during Gabrieli's lifetime at Saint Mark's in Venice and during Schütz's lifetime at the Dresden Hofkapelle. The program is arranged for utmost contrast between vocal and instrumental textures, speed, length, mood and character. Among the highlights are the devout, fervent, quite melancholy "O Jesu me dulcissime" by Gabrieli, who wrote for voices with the same luminous brilliance as for brasses, and Praetorius' "In dulce jubilo," which, with fanfares of trumpets and drums, makes a fittingly triumph...

    • ASIN: B000AR7FU6
    • UPC: 028947757627

  • A Baroque Christmas

    • ASIN: B0000041WW
    • UPC: 028943006521

  • A Baroque Christmas

    EMF s Ex cathedra Records continues its highly popular series of holiday recordings with "A Baroque Christmas." This new CD, produced in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, features 17th-century French noels in full flower, Lutheran Advent hymns masterfully crafted into chorale variations by J.S. Bach s precursors, Spanish villancicos composed in the New World, arias fashioned in the new Italian opera style, as well as Scots airs and English ballad tunes -- over an hour of uniquely engaging baroque holiday repertoire. A kaleidoscopic panorama of the Old and New World features composers Praetorius, Schein, Scheidt, Charpentier, Delalande, Frescobaldi, Gagliano, Piccinini and Mexican composers Salazar, Vidales, Ximeno and Mucia. Researched and directed by Frederick Renz, this program is specially chosen for performances at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and features the ENSEMBLE for EARLY MUSIC s six male voices in consort with theorbo, lute, guitars, cittern, Spanish cross-strung, Italian triple and Celtic harp, bass viola da gamba and chamber organ. Anonymous composers of unique Scots airs and poets of English ballads with seasonal texts, including "The old year now away is fled," set to the popular country dances tune ";Greensleeves," enliven this vivid 17th-century...

    • ASIN: B00005TOTI
    • UPC: 700702900423