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Baroque Christmas Music [Import]

Northwest Chamber Orchestra & Alun Francis Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 16, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000031WGG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture: Festlische Suite, for string orchestra & continuo in A major, TWV 55:A5: Overture
2. Overture: Festlische Suite, for string orchestra & continuo in A major, TWV 55:A5: Marche
3. Overture: Festlische Suite, for string orchestra & continuo in A major, TWV 55:A5: Plainte
4. Overture: Festlische Suite, for string orchestra & continuo in A major, TWV 55:A5: Gavotte
5. Overture: Festlische Suite, for string orchestra & continuo in A major, TWV 55:A5: Passepied (Rundtanz)
6. Overture: Festlische Suite, for string orchestra & continuo in A major, TWV 55:A5: Gigue
7. Behold, I bring you glad tidings, anthem, for alto, tenor, bass, chorus, 2 violins, viola & continuo, Z. 2: Interlude 1
8. Behold, I bring you glad tidings, anthem, for alto, tenor, bass, chorus, 2 violins, viola & continuo, Z. 2: Interlude 2
9. Sinfonia per il santissimo Natale (Christmas Symphony), Op. 1/12: Largo - Andante e forte
10. Sinfonia per il santissimo Natale (Christmas Symphony), Op. 1/12: Allegro
11. Sinfonia per il santissimo Natale (Christmas Symphony), Op. 1/12: Largo
12. Sinfonia per il santissimo Natale (Christmas Symphony), Op. 1/12: Presto
13. Concerto a 4 in forma di Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale, for 2 violins, cello & continuo in G minor, Op. 8/6: Grave - Vivace
14. Concerto a 4 in forma di Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale, for 2 violins, cello & continuo in G minor, Op. 8/6: Largo
15. Concerto a 4 in forma di Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale, for 2 violins, cello & continuo in G minor, Op. 8/6: Vivace
16. Sinfonia pastorale per il santissimo natale di nostro Jesu (Christmas Symphony in D major): Adagio
17. Sinfonia pastorale per il santissimo natale di nostro Jesu (Christmas Symphony in D major): Allegro
18. Sinfonia pastorale per il santissimo natale di nostro Jesu (Christmas Symphony in D major): Largo spiccato
19. Sinfonia pastorale per il santissimo natale di nostro Jesu (Christmas Symphony in D major): Andante

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music and Excellent Recording November 18, 2011
For those who love Telemann, the opening suite is among his most fetching music. It has irresistible charm that is created with rocking rhythms, lovely melody and beautiful, logical harmony. The performance is very excellent too, I really don't see how the sound or balance could be improved. The Hyperion engeineer, Albert Swanton makes the Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle strings sound alive and bright on this disc.

Two interludes by Purcell are charming and provide a nice bridge to the Valentini Sinfonia a tre, per il santissimo Natale that follows. This is a work and composer I wasn't familiar with but as an introduction to him, it is impressive. The sound and style is an excellent counterpoint to the Telemann as the two works have a similar overall orchestration and sonic character. The Baroque style often features melodies that unfold over relatively longer times than Classical or Romantic period music. The use of fugal techniques also contributes to the long phrasing since a counter melody will enter before the opening line ends. This gives the music a kind of perpetual motion that can be very effective over a rocking rhythm. Both Valentini and the Telemann pieces achive this very well and the effect is highly enjoyable.

Torelli's Concerto a quattro in forma di pastroale, per il santo natale has a more early Classical period feel in the style of Sammartini. His approach is a bit more monophonic than Valentini although he does use the Baroque technique of terraced melody - taking an idea and moving it either up or down sequentially to create a phrase of some length.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! January 9, 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed this recording and I feel was well worth the purchase. It is a wonderful addition to the Christmas CD collection.
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