|Artist||Deborah York, Elbipolis|
|Composer||various, Georg Friedrich Händel|
This is Baroque Christmas in all its forms, from the cantata with dazzling trumpets to the concerto with soft string tones; from festive rejoicing to quiet reflection before the crib. The English soprano and Baroque specialist Deborah York and the Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra of Hamburg have many ways of relating the Christmas story on this CD. Commencing with the humility with which Mary accepts her vocation, the listener moves step by step closer to the manger, to rejoice at last in the sight of the Christ child.
The connoisseur will be particularly interested in Handel's "Gloria", rediscovered only a few years ago, and in the rarely-heard pieces by Hoffmann and Jacobi. But those who simply like seasonal music that radiates the Christmas spirit will find this recording a delightful companion throughout Advent. It can also serve as ideal background music when trimming the Christmas tree, and all who love Baroque music will be especially delighted on Christmas Eve by this Christmas story told in music.