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Christmas Concertos & Cantatas - Telemann: In dulci jubilo, etc / Standage, Gritton, et al

Audio Samples

>Manfredini, Francesco : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 3
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Oh di Betlemme altera poverta, chamber cantata for soprano & strings ("Cantata pastorale per la nati
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, RV 270 "Il Riposo-Per il Natale"
>Telemann, Georg Philipp : In dulci jubilo, sacred cantata for chorus, 2 oboes, horn, strings & continuo, TWV 1
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>Corelli, Arcangelo : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6

Album Summary

>Manfredini, Francesco : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 3
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Oh di Betlemme altera poverta, chamber cantata for soprano & strings ("Cantata pastorale per la nati
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, RV 270 "Il Riposo-Per il Natale"
>Telemann, Georg Philipp : In dulci jubilo, sacred cantata for chorus, 2 oboes, horn, strings & continuo, TWV 1
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Here's a reissue of one of the most successful and accessible items in the early music catalog of the British label Chandos. Originally issued in 1998, this disc of Christmas-associated music was helmed by veteran Baroque violinist Simon Standage, by then the leader of his own group, Collegium Musicum 90. The group's playing is clean and straightforward, with the understated lyricism that has always made Standage's musicianship attractive. The idea of the program is to take a familiar piece, the so-called "Christmas Concerto" of Arcangelo Corelli -- the Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6/8 ("Fatto per la notte di Natalie") -- and explore related compositions. Some of, such as the Concerto Grosso in C major, Op. 3/12, of Francesco Manfredini and the Cantata pastorale per la nascità di Nostro Signore of Alessandro Scarlatti, employ the 6/8 pastoral rhythm of the Corelli work, which is placed last. Others embody the hush of Christmas Eve in different ways. The most interesting item on the entire program is the Concerto for strings in E major ("Il riposo -- per il Santissimo Natale"), RV 270, of Vivaldi, with its muted strings and unheard-of direction "senza cembali siempre" (always without harpsichord). The continuo is provided by a large lute, and the Collegium Musicum 90 delivers a nicely hypotic (or, in the apt but contextually somewhat inappropriate term of annotator Nicholas Anderson, "Morphetic") version of this remarkable work. In all, an above-average budget item for seasonal listening or for bringing to a holiday gathering, with Chandos' usual high engineering standards."-All Music Guide

American Record Guide
This is period-instrument performance at its best

BBC Music Magazine
A mix of instrumental and vocal items adds particular attraction to Christmas Concertos and Cantatas. ... Susan Gritton dispatches the wide intervals of her final aria with delectable nimbleness and athleticism.



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Works Details

>Manfredini, Francesco : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 3
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Running Time: 8 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Oh di Betlemme altera povertà, chamber cantata for soprano & strings ("Cantata pastorale per la nati
  • Performers: Susan Gritton (Soprano); Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Running Time: 17 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, RV 270 "Il Riposo-Per il Natale"
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : In dulci jubilo, sacred cantata for chorus, 2 oboes, horn, strings & continuo, TWV 1 :: 939
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90 Choir
  • Running Time: 12 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1719

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
  • Performers: Caroline Trevor (Alto); Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Running Time: 13 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral