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.
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)