Notes & Reviews:
Beside the famous master of Baroque Music - Johann Sebastian Bach - this 2CD set, Baroque Christmas Rarities includes nearly unknown but no less atmospheric treasures of baroque Christmas music by Bach's talented sons, Telemann, Buxtehude, and others. Most of them were commissioned works for the feast and includes very different styles: from festive cantatas, moody motets to chamber musically solo songs. A "must" for all lovers of Baroque Music as well for listeners that would like to find some extraordinary music for the upcoming feast.
BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
Seasonal motets and cantatas by Christiam Geist, Pal Esterhazy, Buxtehude, and Giuseppe Maria Po del Finale, with a tranch of contributions from Bach family members. Thoroughly engaging.
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