Per la Notte di Natale - Italian Christmas Concertos / Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen

Release Date: 11/6/2020
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8574264
Orchestra/Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Christmas celebrations are thought to go all the way back to the formidable feasting of the Vikings at midwinter, when in true Nordic fashion yuletide was ‘toasted in’. The celebration of the birth in Bethlehem is more subdued and spiritual, but it is of a far more recent date. We do not know if the Vikings celebrated yuletide with music, but music at Christmas has been a popular tradition since the Middle Ages. Today, practically all peoples around the world celebrate midwinter with special religious and cultural rituals; the precise times vary, but gifts, decorations, festivities, candles, bells and special Christmas music are apparently always part of this. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Christmas was the busiest time of the year for church composers. The congregation expected to hear new Christmas music in church which often involved instruments, choirs and soloists. Here you'll hear the Concerto Grosso - starting with A. Corellis version becoming template for the composers G.Torelli, A.Vivaldi, F. Manfredini and P. Locatelli following the trend of music concertos for Christmas Celebrations.
Works on This Recording
1. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 8 in G minor "Christmas" by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
Period: Baroque
Written: 1708-1712 ; Rome, Italy
2. Concerti Grossi (12), Op. 8: no 6 in G minor "Christmas Concerto" by Giuseppe Torelli
Orchestra/Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1709 ; Italy
3. Concerto for Violin in E major, RV 270 "Il Riposo-Per il Natale" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
Period: Baroque
4. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 3: no 12 in C major "Christmas Concerto" by Francesco Manfredini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1718 ; Italy
5. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 1: no 8 in F minor "Christmas Concerto" by Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Orchestra/Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
Period: Baroque
Written: 1721/1729 ; Italy
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