CC recommends

A Festive Baroque Christmas. The Choir and Orchestra of the Academy of Ancient 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. Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, directed by John Williams. Sony Custom Marketing 59972, $7.00.


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