Letter V Classical Radio Dec. 20

A baroque Christmas: A complete performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” led by the eminent countertenor-turned-conductor René Jacobs, and Bach’s Christmas cantata “Gloria in excelsis Deo,” led by the Dutch Bach specialist Ton Koopman, framed by Christmas concertos of Vivaldi and Corelli.

noon-3 p.m. EST
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://wdce.net

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E minor, RV 270 (“Il Riposo per il Santo Natale”)
Giuliano Carmignola, violin
I Sonatori de la Gioisa Marca/Giorgio Fava
(Divox)

Handel: “Messiah”
Kerstein Avimo, soprano
Patricia Bardon, alto
Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor
Kobie van Rensburg, tenor
Neal Davies, bass
Choir of Claire College
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/René Jacobs
(Harmonia Mundi)

J.S. Bach: Cantata, “Gloria in excelsis Deo,” BWV 191
Caroline Stam, soprano
Paul Agnew, tenor
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Ton Koopman
(Challenge Classics)

Corelli: Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8 (“Christmas Concerto”)
Il Giardano Armonico/Giovanni Antonini
(Teldec)

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