About this Recording
8.550301 - Christmas Goes Baroque 1

Zurich’s bustling holiday shoppers, twinkling lights reflected in magical window displays; the famed Toy Museum in Nuremberg; a bountiful Christmas feast; an elaborate Nativity scene; the snow covered landscaped of Switzerland. These are the joyously evocative images of the Christmas season and inspiration for some of the most beloved Christmas carols of all time.

The volume of the Naxos Musical Journey takes you on a magical European holiday tour swept up by the sounds of such holiday favorites as “Jingle Bells”, “Silent Night,” “The First Noel,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “O Tannenbaum” and many more. These eternal favourites are performed in the baroque style of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi – the sound of music as timeless as Christmas itself.

Peter Breiner
Peter Breiner was born in 1957 at Humenne in Eastern Slovakia where he started piano lessons at the age of four. He went on to study at the Bratislava Conservatory and, then, at the Prague College of Music and Drama, concentrating at the latter in composition. On completing his studies he began work as musical supervisor of the Czechoslovak Radio in Bratislava and for OPUS Records and Publishing House. He has had a varied career which has involved the conductorship of the Czechoslovak Radio Children's Choir, regular piano performances at jazz concerts and working as an orchestral conductor and arranger.

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