Arcangelo Corelli was not only history’s first truly “modern” violinist, but a musician’s musician whose compositions were performed throughout Europe during his lifetime. His “Christmas Concerto”—Fatto per la notte di Natale—is an early, Baroque age miracle of tone painting. The high drama of the Nativity scene is thrust upon the listener from the outset; the pastoral visions of nearby shepherds provide soothing contemplation at the work’s conclusion. No doubt the magic generated by Corelli’s genius has made this work an audience favorite, and CMS offers it in the company of bracing music from five additional composers.
- Corelli Concerto Grosso in G minor for Two Violins, Cello, Strings, and Continuo, Op. 6, No. 8, "Christmas Concerto" (published 1713)
- Bach Trio Sonata in C minor for Flute, Violin, and Continuo, from Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (1747)
- Tartini Sonata in G minor for Violin and Continuo, "Devil's Trill" (before 1756)
- Farina Capriccio stravagante for Violin, Two Violas, Cello, and Continuo (1627)
- Sammartini Concerto in F major for Flute, Strings, and Continuo
- Vivaldi Concerto in F minor for Violin, Strings, and Continuo, RV 297, Op. 8, No. 4, "Winter" from The Four Seasons (1725)