Various Artists: The Very Best of Christmas [Naxos] [Slimline]

Audio Samples

  1. Joy to the World $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Messiah, HWV 56, Part I (excerpts) Recitative and Aria: Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive… O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion (Alto, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Messiah, HWV 56, Part I (excerpts) For Unto Us a Child Is Born (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Messe de Minuit Pour Noel, H. 9: Gloria $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Stille Nacht (Silent Night), GWV 145 $0.99 on iTunes
  7. O Jesulein Suss, BWV 493 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. The Angel Gabriel (arr. G. Rossiter) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. The First Nowell (arr. D. Willcocks) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. In the Bleak Midwinter $0.99 on iTunes
  11. A Babe Is Born $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Ding, Dong Merrily On High (arr. D. Willcocks) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (arr. D. Willcocks) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. God Is With Us: Christmas Proclamation $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Sussex Carol (arr. G. Rossiter) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Here We Come A-Wassailing (arr. J. Rutter) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. The Holly and the Ivy (arr. J. Rutter) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. What Sweeter Music $0.99 on iTunes
  19. O Come, All Ye Faithful (arr. D. Willcocks) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Part II: Sinfonia $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 8, "Christmas Concerto": VI. Pastorale Ad Libitum: Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme, BWV 645 $0.99 on iTunes
  23. The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Winter: Introduction: Die Einleitung Schildert Die Dicken Nebel $0.99 on iTunes
  24. 3 German Dances, K. 605: No. 3 in C Major, "Die Schlittenfahrt" (Sleigh Ride) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Danse de la Fee (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Waltz $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Christmas Eve: Polonaise $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Les Saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b, No. 12. December: Noel $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Weihnachstraum, S. 186, R. 71: IV. Adeste Fideles (March of the Three Holy Kings) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60: IV. Troika $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Sleigh Ride $0.99 on iTunes

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Album Remarks & Appraisals:

"Naxos' double-disc compilation, The Very Best of Christmas, presents an agreeable and balanced assortment of holiday favorites, with vocal and choral numbers assigned to the first disc and instrumental and orchestral pieces on the second. The roster of choral performers includes the Worcester Cathedral Choir, the Scholars Baroque Ensemble, the Tewkesbury Abbey Choir, the Elora Festival Singers, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington, among others; the list of orchestral performances by the Leipzig Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana, and the Slovak Philaharmonic Orchestra, to name a few, is representative of some of Naxos' leading ensembles from 1987 to 2004... Even though the recordings cover a wide time period and were made in numerous venues, the tracks have been mixed for consistency of tone and evenness of dynamic levels, so if the album is played in the background at holiday gatherings, volume adjustments are unnecessary." -All Music Guide



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