A Baroque Christmas

Release Date: 10/4/2019
Catalog Number: HMX2908984
Number of Discs: 4

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Ranging from unaffected simplicity to elaborate polyphony, the composers of the 17th and 18th Centuries left some of the most sublime pages of sacred music intended to tell the story of the Nativity.

The extraordinary musical legacy produced as a result continues to resonate today with its timeless union of solemnity and joy.

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REVIEW:

As is mostly the case with such budget releases, there are no sung texts, but the booklet is very good on the background to the music itself, including some particularly useful information about Charpentier’s Pastorale. It’s also a super-budget bargain, which might swing you in its direction, but it’s more than just a stocking filler.

– MusicWeb International

Excerpts of reviews from previously released volumes included in this set:

Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Jacobs:


This is simply one of the great Christmas Oratorio recordings, an ideal combination of soloists, chorus, orchestra, and conductor joining in what could be described as the consummate musical embodiment of the joy and miraculousness of the Christmas story. – ClassicsToday (David Vernier)

Charpentier: Pastorale de Noel / Dauce, Ensemble Correspondances:

This is state-of-the-art Charpentier, following traditions established by William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants.

– Sunday Times (UK)
Works on This Recording
1. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Klaus Häger (Bass), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano), Werner Güra (Baritone)
Conductor: René Jacobs
Period: Baroque
Written: 1734-1735 ; Leipzig, Germany
2. Pastorale sur la naissance de notre Seigneur Jésus Christ, H 483 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
Period: Baroque
Written: 1683-1685 ; France
3. Salut de la veille des O et les 7 O suivant le Romain, H 36-43 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
Period: Baroque
4. Pastorale sur la Naissance de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ Deuxième version, H.483a by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
Period: Baroque
5. Pastorale sur la Naissance de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ Troisième version, H.483b by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
Period: Baroque
6. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 8 in G minor "Christmas" by Arcangelo Corelli
Performer: Chiara Banchini (Violin), Jesper Christensen (Harpsichord)
Conductor: Chiara Banchini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque
Written: 1708-1712 ; Rome, Italy
7. Entsetze dich, Natur by Johann Rosenmüller
Conductor: Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Concerto Palatino, Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque
8. Herzlich lieb, hab ich dich o Herr, BuxWV 41 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor: Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque
9. Befiehl dem Engel, dass er komm, BuxWV 10 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor: Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque
10. Heute ist Christus der Herr geboren, SWV 439 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor: René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble: Concerto Vocale
Period: Baroque
Written: 1632 ; Germany
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