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Christmas Concertos & Cantatas / Standage, Collegium Musicum 90


Release Date: 09/30/2008 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 754   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arcangelo CorelliFrancesco ManfrediniAlessandro ScarlattiAntonio Vivaldi,   ... 
Performer:  Susan Gritton
Conductor:  Simon Standage
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CHRISTMAS CONCERTOS AND CANTATAS Simon Standage, cond; Susan Gritton (sop); 1 Collegium Musicum 90 (period instruments) CHANDOS 754 (62:10 Text and Translation)


CORELLI Concerto grosso, “Christmas.” MANFREDINI Concerto grosso, “Christmas Concerto.” Read more A. SCARLATTI O di Betlemme altera povertà, “Cantata pastorale.” 1 TELEMANN In dulci jubilo. VIVALDI Violin Concerto in E, “Il riposo—per il natale”


These Baroque concertos and cantatas are all associated with Christmas, although some only marginally. The Scarlatti and Telemann cantatas were written for Christmas. The Manfredini and Corelli concertos probably received their associations with Christmas because each contains a pastorale movement, shepherds’ music in 12/8 time that Italian folk tradition associated with Christmas (the “Pifa” from Handel’s Messiah is another example). The Vivaldi concerto, one of his typical string concertos, seems to have received its seasonal connection from Vivaldi’s practice of programming it at Christmas time.


All of this music is delightful to hear. Many of Fanfare ’s readers will probably have one or more of these works already, especially the concertos. The two cantatas are less often encountered, especially the Telemann, from the first movement of which we get the English carol Good Christian Men Rejoice . The playing and singing are excellent in all respects. Susan Gritton makes a major contribution in the solos of the Scarlatti cantata. Members of Collegium 90’s choir are equally good as soloists in the Telemann. Presiding over all, Simon Standage directs lively performances that respect the score and never stray into extremes of tempo.


This collection was issued 10 years ago under the title “Per la notte di natale.” In this reissue, Chandos provides full notes along with texts and translations, for which I commend them. Anyone looking for an enjoyable collection of Baroque music associated with Christmas need look no further.


FANFARE: Ron Salemi
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 8 in G minor "Christmas" by Arcangelo Corelli
Conductor:  Simon Standage
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1712; Rome, Italy 
2.
Concerti grossi (12), Op. 3: no 12 in C major "Christmas Concerto" by Francesco Manfredini
Conductor:  Simon Standage
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1718; Italy 
3.
Oh di Betlemme altera povertŕ "Cantata pastorale" by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Susan Gritton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Standage
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
4.
Concerto for Violin in E major, RV 270 "Il Riposo-Per il Natale" by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Simon Standage
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5.
In dulci Jubilo by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Simon Standage
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
Period: Baroque 

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