Bask in the afterglow of Bach’s magnificent Christmas Oratorio thanks to Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort and Players

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Live from London Christmas – Bach, Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248: Soloists, Gabrieli Consort and Players / Paul McCreesh (conductor), plus chorales from Gabrieli ROAR.  St John’s, Smith Square, London. Livestreamed 25.12.2020 to 6.1.2021. (CC)

Cantata VI – Soloists, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Paul McCreesh (conductor)

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I Faglioni’s Live from London ‘Long, Long, Ago’ was a magnificent idea, magnificently realised

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Live from London Christmas: ‘Long, Long, Ago’ – Messe de Minuit: I Fagiolini / Robert Hollingworth (director). Performance at VOCES8 Centre, London, livestreamed on 24.12.2020. (CC)

Live from London Christmas – I Fagliolini

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Anúna’s A Whisper of Paradise showcases their individual, instantly recognisable, and clearly finely honed sound

IrelandIreland Live from London Christmas – A Whisper of Paradise: Anúna. St Bartholomew’s Church, Dublin, recorded in December 2020 and livestreamed (for information click here) on 20.12.2020. (CC)

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Bravo to all concerned for AAM’s Barbican Messiah at this time of contemplation

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel, Messiah, HWV 56: Rowan Pierce (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Ben Johnson (tenor), Ashley Riches (bass). Choir and Orchestra of the Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr (director / harpsichord). Livestreamed from London’s Barbican Hall, 19.12.2020. (CC)

Richard Egarr directs the Choir and Orchestra of the AAM
(c) Mark Allan/Barbican

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A very different, and fabulous, Christmas concert from amarcord in Leipzig

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Live from London ChristmasWeihnacht: Christmas from Germany: amarcord (Wolfram Lattke, Robert Pohlers [tenors], Frank Ozimek [baritone], Daniel Knauft, Holger Krause [basses]) Nikolaikirche, Leipzig, 19.12.2020. (CC)

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A superb Christmas at Westminster Abbey progamme: what music could be sweeter?

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Live from London Christmas, Christmas at Westminster Abbey – What Sweeter Music: Catherine Bott (reader), Sally Price (harp), Peter Holder organ), The Choir of Westminster Abbey / James O’Donnell (director). Livestreamed via VOCES8 Foundation (click here), 15.12.2020. (CC)

Christmas at Westminster Abbey (c) Libby Percival

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A Cadogan Hall thinned-down Messiah of bright hope from VOCES8, ECO, and high-profile soloists

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel, Messiah HWV 56 (shortened version): Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Andrew Staples (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass), VOCES8, English Chamber Orchestra / Nicholas Kraemer (director / harpsichord). Cadogan Hall, London, 11.12.2020. Streamed via Live from London Christmas (click here). (CC)

VOCES8’s Messiah at Cadogan Hall

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