Notes & Reviews:
This six-CD collection of 101 Christmas favorite is the perfect accompaniment for the festive season, with a wide selection of carols, popular songs and excerpts from oratorios.
The first two discs bring together all he most popular traditional carols sung by the world-famous Choir of Kings College, Cambridge. From Away in a Manger and O Little Town of Bethlehem to O Come All Ye Faithful and Once in Royal David's City, all the favorites are here.
The next two discs include many modern popular carols performed and arranged by John Rutter, such as Gabriels Message and the Star Carol, alongside delightful rarities from John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir, the Winchester Cathedral Choir and the Elizabethan Singers.
The fifth CD is a collection of carols and popular songs performed by opera stars such as Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland and Kiri Te Kanawa, including White Christmas and Winter Wonderland, together with some fun instrumentals including an arrangement of Jingle Bells by Canadian Brass and Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride.
The final disc brings together highlights from Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Handel's Messiah, alongside other seasonal favorites by Berlioz and Corelli.
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