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Friday, December 20, 2013

Just Opened - Dec. 20th - A Baroque Christmas



Mostly traditional Baroque Era music on Just Opened today... as Christmas Day is just around the corner.

CHARPENTIER
Works for Christmas
William Christie, cond.
Les Arts Florissants
ERATO 85820
ISBN# 6 85738 58202
Baroque Christmas oratorios sung by the group that named themselves after one of the works of this composer.  They're on home turf for these Christmas selections.  A great choice for anyone who enjoys traditional, high choral works and historically informed performance.
 
ADAM GYORGY
Liszt, Bach & Mozart
Gyorgy's website
ISBN# 5 998466 502556
Gyorgy believes that music does not need to be made "relevant" or accessible.  He understands that it all ready is both.  Bravo!  Traditional works and excellent performances here will make this a welcome release for the majority of our listeners ... and a reliable gift, too.
SURROUNDED BY ANGELS
A Christmas Celebration with
Ensemble Galilei
SOLO LUMINOUS 92173
ISBN# 0 53479 21732 5
more info on the CD
Ensemble Galilei webstie
My Delight of the Week!  Traditional and Early music groups have embraced the dual realities of court and church music as well as folk music, and Ensemble Galilei has established themselves in excellence.  For Christmas listening that is inventive and musically informed, and also completely traditional at the same time, this is a CD that can liven up the holiday listening while keeping it in line with lived-in comfort.


IO VIDI IN TERRA
Jose Lemos, tenor
Jory Vinikour, harpsichord
Deborah Fox, theorbo
SOLO LUMINOUS 92172
ISBN# 0 53479 21722 6
An in-depth review of this release.
"I have seen angels on earth" is the title work of this CD.  Just as religion and angels are not everyone's taste, the works and indeed the performance choices (, and male contralto singing) are not for everyone.  For those who are delighted with historical accuracy, the high counter-tenor showcased along with harpsichord and theorbo, the excellence of musicianship, and the selection of material will indeed be a visitation of angels.

 Christmas isn't over yet!  More new Christmas releases next week, Just Opened!
Kara Dahl Russell


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