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A Classic Christmas For Your Family

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  1. Merry Christmas Sing-Along $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Sleigh Ride $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Carol of the Bells $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Seasons: Winter Variations $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Babes In Toyland: March of the Toys $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Good King Wenceslas $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Up On the Housetop $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Jingle Bells $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Winter Wonderland $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Troika: Sleigh Ride $0.99 on iTunes
  13. The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy $0.99 on iTunes
  14. O Christmas Tree $0.99 on iTunes
  15. How Far Is It to Bethlehem $0.99 on iTunes
  16. The Nutcracker: March $0.99 on iTunes
  17. The Nutcracker: Dance of the Toy Trumpets $0.99 on iTunes
  18. The Nutcracker: Russian Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Ski Doodle $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Deck the Halls $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Angels We Have Heard On High $0.99 on iTunes
  22. A Classic Christmas — Merry Christmas Sing-Along $0.99 on iTunes
  23. A Classic Christmas — Sleigh Ride $0.99 on iTunes
  24. A Classic Christmas — Carol of the Bells (Arr. R. Hayman) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. A Classic Christmas — Seasons: Winter Variations $0.99 on iTunes
  26. A Classic Christmas — Babes in Toyland: March of the Toys $0.99 on iTunes
  27. A Classic Christmas — Good King Wenceslas $0.99 on iTunes
  28. A Classic Christmas — Up On the Housetop $0.99 on iTunes
  29. A Classic Christmas — Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer $0.99 on iTunes
  30. A Classic Christmas — Jingle Bells $0.99 on iTunes
  31. A Classic Christmas — Jolly Old Saint Nicholas $0.99 on iTunes
  32. A Classic Christmas — Winter Wonderland $0.99 on iTunes
  33. A Classic Christmas — Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60: IV. Troika $0.99 on iTunes
  34. A Classic Christmas — The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy $0.99 on iTunes
  35. A Classic Christmas — O Christmas Tree $0.99 on iTunes
  36. A Classic Christmas — How Far Is It to Bethlehem $0.99 on iTunes
  37. A Classic Christmas — The Nutcracker: March $0.99 on iTunes
  38. A Classic Christmas — The Nutcracker: Dance of the Toy Trumpets $0.99 on iTunes
  39. A Classic Christmas — The Nutcracker: Russian Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  40. A Classic Christmas — Ski Doodle $0.99 on iTunes
  41. A Classic Christmas — Deck the Halls $0.99 on iTunes
  42. A Classic Christmas — Angels We Have Heard On High $0.99 on iTunes

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
  • Form: Christmas
  • 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: Christmas
  • 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: Christmas
  • 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
  • Form: Christmas
  • 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: Christmas
  • 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
  • Form: Christmas
  • 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
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1933-1934

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

>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
  • Form: Christmas
  • 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
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1892

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

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

>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
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1876