A Baroque Christmas

Nothing gets me in the Christmas mood like Baroque music! Everyone knows Handel’s Messiah, of course, but there are so many other great pieces of Baroque music that don’t get nearly enough play during the season. Here are a few of my favorites (all on period instruments, which is just cool):

J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

The opening chorus:

To see the oratorio in its entirety (approximately 2.5 hours), click here. You can also purchase the performance on DVD here.

Archangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto

Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

Okay, so this isn’t Christmas music, but it’s a great excuse to post some INCREDIBLE baroque trumpet playing. I’ve played this piece on piccolo trumpet, and it’s tough. Imagine doing it all without valves!

Movement 1: Allegro Moderato

Movement 2: Andante — No trumpet, but that’s okay. He needs the rest, and it gives us a chance to check out the other three soloists, who are also no slouches.

Movement 3: Allegro assai — My favorite!

If you like what you see here, you can get the DVD of this group (the Freiburger Barockorchester) performing all of the Brandenburg Concerti in the hall where they were premiered in 1721 here.

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