The adagio from the Christmas Concerto for two violins, cello, strings and basso continuo in G Minor "Fatto per la notte di Natale," Op. 6 No. 8. by Arcangelo Corelli.
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Performed on original instruments by the San Francisco Early Music Ensemble Voices of Music. Featuring Katherine Kyme, Lisa Grodin, Cynthia Miller Freivogel and Carla Moore, baroque violins (left to right); Ondine Young, baroque viola; William Skeen and Shirley Hunt, baroque cellos; Josh Lee, violone; Dominic Schaner and David Tayler, archlute; Hanneke van Proosdij, harpsichord. Soundtrack available at
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