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Christmas Goes Baroque 2
 
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Christmas Goes Baroque 2

24 Sept. 1993 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 24 Sept. 1993
  • Release Date: 24 Sept. 1993
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 1993 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:03:36
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  • ASIN: B001LZBKXO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,137 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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The music on this CD is just excellent: these are adaptations of well-known Christmas tunes "re-imagined" as if they had originated during the late Baroque. All the usual features of that period are included: such as fugues, counterpoint, concerto grosso, if you're not worried about all that, it's still an entertaining album.

My favourites are "White Christmas" played against a certain very well known Bach air, "Angels we have heard on High", which cannot decide whether it is a hymn or a Brandenburg Concerto... very amusing, and very pleasing to hear and "How Far is it to Bethlehem" played in something that sounds like the music of a particular Italian composer who famously wrote some violin concertos about seasons.

Very enjoyable, do buy it.
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This is a wonderful selection of music that works as a festive background or as a rousing Christmas sound. Carol of the bells is beautiful and this CD is a replacement for one purchased previously so it stands repeating!
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This second collection of old and modern Christmas music rearranged to the style of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi is even more amusing than the first (Link: Christmas Goes Baroque) and is my favourite Christmas CD.

The arrangements are mostly very clever and almost all of them are either hauntingly beautiful, very funny if you have a musical sense of humour, or both.

Let me paraphrase the old joke that an intellectual is someone who can listen to the overture to "William Tell" without thinking of "The Lone Ranger". The best test I can imagine for whether you would appreciate this CD is:

* If the William Tell overture is more likely to give you a mental image of a troop of cavalry at the trot than the Lone Ranger and Tonto, or

* If you recognise the birdsong, lightning and thunder, and the dog going "Bow Wow" when you listen to Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons",

then you should buy this CD at once.

The CD is book-ended by a charming and amusing baroque version of "De Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy" which gives me a politically-incorrect image of an orchestra of plantation hands from the US deep south.

Many of the pieces which follow merge a well known carol with a baroque classic, particularly Bach's Brandenburg concertos.

For example, "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas" is merged with Bach's "Air on a G String" from Suite no 3 in D (also known as the Hamlet cigar music), hence my joke in the title of this review about "I'm dreaming of a White G-string.
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