The 50 Most Essential Christmas Masterpieces

Audio Samples

>Anderson, Leroy : A Christmas Festival
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Adam, Adolphe [Composer] : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)
>Praetorious, Michael : Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Whitacre, Eric : Lux Aurumque
>Shaw, Geoffrey : How far is it to Bethlehem
>     Stowey) (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol (2)
>     "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child"
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio
>     Sinfonia in G major
>     Sinfonia in G major
>     Sinfonia in G major
>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ
>     L'adieu des bergers
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor
>     Dona nobis pacem
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Traditional, Christmas : Panis Angelicus
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons
>     December
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker
>     Overture
>     Decorating and Lighting up the Christmas Tree
>     March
>     In the Christmas Tree
>     Waltz of the Snowflakes
>     Chocolate (Spanish Dance)
>     Coffee (Arabic Dance)
>     Tea (Chinese Dance)
>     Trepak (Russian Dance)
>     Dance of the Reed Pipes
>     Waltz of the Flowers
>     Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>     Jesu bleibet meine Freude
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria in D major
>     Gloria in excelsis
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbuchlein
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major
>     Allegro
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Hallelujah Chorus
>Traditional, Christmas : Christmas Medley

Album Summary

>Anderson, Leroy : A Christmas Festival
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Adam, Adolphe [Composer] : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)
>Praetorious, Michael : Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Whitacre, Eric : Lux Aurumque
>Shaw, Geoffrey : How far is it to Bethlehem
>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol (2)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio
>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Traditional, Christmas : Panis Angelicus
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria in D major
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbuchlein
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Traditional, Christmas : Christmas Medley
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This album gives you the most beloved Christmas songs to lively up the holiday. There are many ways to celebrate the wonder of Christmas, & on this album we have collected all kinds of songs. The old sacred hymns & chants, like "O Come, all ye Faithful", originating back from the middle ages are here paired with more recent Christmas carols, like "Stille Nacht" or "O Come, O Come Emmanuel". Also featured are holiday masterpieces of Corelli, Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky.



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Works Details

>Anderson, Leroy : A Christmas Festival
  • Conductor: Klaus Arp
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1952

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hugh Martin (1914 - 2011).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1944

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1742

>Adam, Adolphe [Composer] : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Traditional, Christmas : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1833

>Praetorious, Michael : Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Whitacre, Eric : Lux Aurumque
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2000

>Shaw, Geoffrey : How far is it to Bethlehem :: Stowey) (English)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol (2) :: "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child"
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1498

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
  • Performer: Emmy Verhey (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alun Francis
  • Ensemble: Camerata Antonio Luco
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 12th Century

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio :: Sinfonia in G major
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio :: Sinfonia in G major
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio :: Sinfonia in G major
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ :: L'adieu des bergers
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 10/1850-07/1854

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor :: Dona nobis pacem
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Ensemble: Musica Antiqua New York
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Traditional, Christmas : Panis Angelicus
  • Ensemble: Musica Antiqua New York
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons :: December
  • Performer: Michael Ponti (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: Overture
  • Conductor: Heribert Beissel
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: Decorating and Lighting up the Christmas Tree
  • Conductor: Heribert Beissel
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: March
  • Conductor: Heribert Beissel
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: In the Christmas Tree
  • Conductor: Heribert Beissel
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: Waltz of the Snowflakes
  • Conductor: Heribert Beissel
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: Chocolate (Spanish Dance)
  • Conductor: Heribert Beissel
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: Coffee (Arabic Dance)
  • Conductor: Heribert Beissel
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: Tea (Chinese Dance)
  • Conductor: Heribert Beissel
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: Trepak (Russian Dance)
  • Conductor: Heribert Beissel
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: Dance of the Reed Pipes
  • Conductor: Heribert Beissel
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: Waltz of the Flowers
  • Conductor: Heribert Beissel
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
  • Conductor: Heribert Beissel
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu bleibet meine Freude
  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria in D major :: Gloria in excelsis
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1715

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
  • Conductor: Gennady Tcherkasov
  • Running Time: 15 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbüchlein
  • Performer: Susanne Doll (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major :: Allegro
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah Chorus
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Traditional, Christmas : Christmas Medley
  • Ensemble: Caffé Concerto Ensemble
  • Running Time: 16 min. 26 sec.
  • Form: Christmas