A Festive Baroque Christmas. TheChoirandOrchestraoftheAcademyofAncient Music, directed by Paul Goodwin. Classical Express, Harmonia Mundi France 3957202, $7.00.
From Harmonia Mundi’s excellent line of budget-priced reissues comes this set of 11 motets by Heinrich Schütz, plus instrumental pieces by Gabrieli, Weckmann and Usper. The texts and translations are available at www.classicalexpress. com/7202.htm.
Joy to the World. BostonPopsandTanglewoodFestivalChorus, directedbyJohnWilliams. SonyCustomMarketing59972, $7.00.