Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli wrote this wonderful concerto grosso and inscribed it: “Made for the Night of Christmas. It’s not known exactly when he wrote it; it survives because of its publication in a posthumous collection of all of Corelli’s concerti grossi. In a concerto grosso, the music alternates between being performed by a group of soloists within a larger ensemble and by the entire ensemble itself. At this point in music history the concerto had not yet developed into a showpiece for soloist with orchestra.
There are no familiar Christmas tunes here, but I always find that the intimate sound of various chamber ensembles lends itself to the more peaceful and contemplative aspects of Christmas.