Three popular favourites, Corelli’s gorgeous concerto for Christmas Eve, an idyllic Christmas concerto by Vivaldi, and Manfredini’s Concerto grosso are complemented by two little-known cantatas by Telemann and Scarlatti. Each of the Italian composers has his own voice, contrasting tremendously with the more rugged German style of Telemann. Susan Gritton is the soloist in Scarlatti’s cantata, described by Classic CD as ‘ravishing and ravishingly sung… worth anyone’s CD token’. This is a disc of intimate Christmas music, which will make an ideal stocking filler. As Classic CD wrote at the time of the original release, ‘This is a delightful addition to the Christmas market, and the careful selection of its items and superb recording ensure that, like the traditional puppy, it’s not just for Christmas’.
This is period-instrument performance at its best - American Record Guide