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A Classic Christmas For Your Family

> Merry Christmas Sing-Along - Merry Christmas Sing-Along
> Sleigh Ride - Sleigh Ride
> Carol Of The Bells - Carol of the Bells
> Seasons: Winter Variations - Seasons: Winter Variations
> Babes in Toyland: March of the Toys - Babes in Toyland: March of the Toys
> Good King Wenceslas - Good King Wenceslas
> Up on the Housetop - Up on the Housetop
> Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
> Jingle Bells - Jingle Bells
> Jolly Old Saint Nicholas - Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
> Winter Wonderland - Winter Wonderland
> Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60 - Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60: IV. Troika
> The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy - The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
> O Christmas Tree - O Christmas Tree
> How Far is it to Bethlehem - How Far is it to Bethlehem
> The Nutcracker: March - The Nutcracker: March
> The Nutcracker: Dance of the Toy Trumpets - The Nutcracker: Dance of the Toy Trumpets
> The Nutcracker: Russian Dance - The Nutcracker: Russian Dance
> Ski Doodle - Ski Doodle
> Deck the Halls - Deck the Halls
> Angels We Have Heard on High - Angels We Have Heard on High
> L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2 (arr. E. Guirand for orchestra) - L'arlesienne Suite No. 2: IV. Farandole

Album Summary

>Unspecified : A Merry Christmas Sing-Along
>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride
>Leontov, Mykola Dmytrovich : Carol of the Bells
>Glazunov, Alexander : The Seasons, Op. 67
>Herbert, Victor : Babes in Toyland
>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
>Hanby, Benjamin R. : Up on the Housetop
>Marks, Johnny : Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
>Pierpont, James : Jingle Bells
>Traditional, Christmas : Jolly Old St. Nicholas (American)
>Bernard, Felix : Winter Wonderland
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60
>Traditional, Christmas : De Virgin Mary had a baby boy
>Traditional, Christmas : O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
>Shaw, Geoffrey : How far is it to Bethlehem
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Hayman, Richard : Ski Doodle
>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
>Traditional, Christmas : Angels We Have Heard on High
>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlesienne, suite for orchestra no 2
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Notes & Reviews:

The Naxos label offers A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FOR YOUR FAMILY, a varied program with selections culled from several holiday titles in their vast catalog.

Perennial favorites such as "Jingle Bells," "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Deck the Halls," and "Winter Wonderland" share time on this disc with classics by Glazunov ("Winter Variations" from 'The Seasons'), Tchaikovsky ("March," "Dance of the Toy Trumpets," and "Russian Dance" from 'The Nutcracker') and Bizet ("Farandole" from 'L'Arlesienne Suite'). No holiday season would be complete without a "Sleigh Ride" and two takes on this tradition are offered: Leroy Anderson's carefree winter jaunt and Sergei Prokofiev's elegant, evocative excursion in the snow.

The arrangements are all excellent, making these chestnuts sound fresh, in particular "Angels We Have Heard On High" which interweaves the familiar strains of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 to create a Baroque musical tapestry for the holidays.



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>Unspecified : A Merry Christmas Sing-Along
  • Performer: Philharmonia Virtuosi
  • Conductor: Richard Hayman
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride
  • Performer: Philharmonia Virtuosi
  • Conductor: Richard Hayman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Leontov, Mykola Dmytrovich : Carol of the Bells
  • Performer: Philharmonia Virtuosi
  • Conductor: Richard Hayman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1910

>Glazunov, Alexander : The Seasons, Op. 67 :: Winter Variations
  • Performer: Philharmonia Virtuosi
  • Conductor: Richard Hayman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1899

>Herbert, Victor : Babes in Toyland :: March of the Toys
  • Performer: Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Keith Brion
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1903

>Traditional, Christmas : Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  • Performer: CSSR State Philharmonic Orchestra/Peter Breiner
  • Conductor: Alfred Walter
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1582

>Hanby, Benjamin R. : Up on the Housetop
  • Performer: CSSR State Philharmonic Orchestra/Peter Breiner
  • Conductor: Alfred Walter
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 10/1866

>Marks, Johnny : Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Performer: Philharmonia Virtuosi
  • Conductor: Richard Hayman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1949

>Pierpont, James : Jingle Bells
  • Performer: CSSR State Philharmonic Orchestra/Peter Breiner
  • Conductor: Alfred Walter
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1850

>Traditional, Christmas : Jolly Old St. Nicholas (American)
  • Performer: CSSR State Philharmonic Orchestra/Peter Breiner
  • Conductor: Alfred Walter
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 19th Century

>Bernard, Felix : Winter Wonderland
  • Performer: Philharmonia Virtuosi
  • Conductor: Richard Hayman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60 :: Sleigh Ride (Troika)
  • Performer: Philharmonia Virtuosi
  • Conductor: Richard Hayman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1933-1934

>Traditional, Christmas : De Virgin Mary had a baby boy
  • Conductor: Peter Breiner
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
  • Performer: CSSR State Philharmonic Orchestra/Peter Breiner
  • Conductor: Alfred Walter
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1820

>Shaw, Geoffrey : How far is it to Bethlehem :: Stowey) (English)
  • Conductor: Peter Breiner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: March
  • Conductor: Ondrej Lenárd
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Dance of the Toy Trumpets
  • Conductor: Ondrej Lenárd
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Russian Dance
  • Conductor: Ondrej Lenárd
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Hayman, Richard : Ski Doodle
  • Performer: Philharmonia Virtuosi
  • Conductor: Richard Hayman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
  • Conductor: Peter Breiner
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1784

>Traditional, Christmas : Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Conductor: Peter Breiner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1840

>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra no 2
  • Performer: Slovak Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Anthony Bramall
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876