The Advent of Christmas: Armonico Consort and Orchestra

Wachet Auf, the Advent Cantata, brings Bach’s most famous melody which has inspired composers, artists and even Lloyds Bank! Bach’s genius for melody and counterpoint found in the Cantata is paired with the delightful quirks of structure and instrumentation of his virtuosic Brandenburg Concerto no 4, written for violin, two ‘Flauti d’echo’, strings and continuo.

Charpentier captured all that was joyous about the French Baroque in his music. Messe de Minuit, written to celebrate Midnight Mass, contains his most effervescent choral writing; it is witty, engaging and melodious, and it is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of any listener.

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