Christmas Goes Baroque 1 (Peter Breiner/ Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra) (Naxos: 8.550301)
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Zurich's bustling holiday shoppers, twinkling lights reflected inmagical window displays; the famed Toy Museum in Nuremberg; a bountifulChristmas feast; an elaborate Nativity scene; the snow covered landscaped ofSwitzerland. These are the joyously evocative images of the Christmas seasonand inspiration for some of the most beloved Christmas carols of all time.
The volume of the Naxos Musical Journey takes you on a magical Europeanholiday tour swept up by the sounds of such holiday favorites as \JingleBells", "Silent Night," "The First Noel," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "OTannenbaum" and many more. These eternal favourites are performed in thebaroque style of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi - the sound of music as timeless asChristmas itself.
Peter Breiner was born in 1957 at Humenne in Eastern Slovakia where hestarted piano lessons at the age of four. He went on to study at the BratislavaConservatory and, then, at the Prague College of Music and Drama, concentratingat the latter in composition. On completing his studies he began work asmusical supervisor of the Czechoslovak Radio in Bratislava and for OPUS Recordsand Publishing House. He has had a varied career which has involved theconductorship of the Czechoslovak Radio Children's Choir, regular pianoperformances at jazz concerts and working as an orchestral conductor andarranger.