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The Ultimate Classical Christmas Album of All Time

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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147
>     Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring"
>Adam, Adolphe : Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Magnificat in D major, BWV 243
>     Magnificat
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>     no 59, Ich steh an deiner krippen hier
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1
>     Canzon septimi toni a 8 - no 2
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David City
>Mason, Lowell : Joy to the World
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Hallelujah!
>Burney, Charles : Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : German Dances (3), K 605
>     no 3 in C major "Sleigh ride"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
>     Alleluia
>Schütz, Heinrich : Historia, der freuden und gnadenreuchen...Die Geburt...Jesu, SWV 435
>     Der Engel sprach zu den Hirten
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker, Op. 71
>     no 2, Act 1 - March of the Wooden Soldiers
>Traditional : Angels we have heard on high
>Traditional : Deck the hall
>Traditional : Ding Dong! Merrily on high
>Traditional : The first nowell
>Wade, John Francis : Adeste fideles
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria in D major, RV 589
>     Laudamus te
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
>     no 8 in G minor "Christmas"
>Yon, Pietro : Gesù Bambino
>Barrios-Mangore, Agustin : Villancico de Navidad
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
>     no 4, Wiegenlied
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>     Pie Jesu
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespro della Beata Vergine
>     Deus in adjutorium
>Holst, Gustav : Lullay, my liking, Op. 34 no 2/H 129
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel
>     Abends will ich schlafen gehn "Evening Hymn"
>Schubert, Franz : Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria"
>Niles, John Jacob : I wonder as I wander
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>     Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen
>Redner, Lewis : O little town of Bethlehem
>Traditional : Watt's Cradle Hymn
>Traditional : Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol"
>Fraser, Donald : This Christmastide "Jessye's Carol"
>Traditional : O come, O come Emmanuel
>Traditional : O Tannenbaum
>Traditional : What child is this?
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno"
>     2nd movement, Largo
>Willis, Richard Storrs : It came upon the midnight clear
>Traditional : O du fröhliche

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147
>Adam, Adolphe : Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Magnificat in D major, BWV 243
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David City
>Mason, Lowell : Joy to the World
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Burney, Charles : Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : German Dances (3), K 605
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
>Schütz, Heinrich : Historia, der freuden und gnadenreuchen...Die Geburt...Jesu, SWV 435
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker, Op. 71
>Traditional : Angels we have heard on high
>Traditional : Deck the hall
>Traditional : Ding Dong! Merrily on high
>Traditional : The first nowell
>Wade, John Francis : Adeste fideles
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria in D major, RV 589
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
>Yon, Pietro : Gesù Bambino
>Barrios-Mangore, Agustin : Villancico de Navidad
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespro della Beata Vergine
>Holst, Gustav : Lullay, my liking, Op. 34 no 2/H 129
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel
>Schubert, Franz : Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria"
>Niles, John Jacob : I wonder as I wander
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Redner, Lewis : O little town of Bethlehem
>Traditional : Watt's Cradle Hymn
>Traditional : Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol"
>Fraser, Donald : This Christmastide "Jessye's Carol"
>Traditional : O come, O come Emmanuel
>Traditional : O Tannenbaum
>Traditional : What child is this?
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno"
>Willis, Richard Storrs : It came upon the midnight clear
>Traditional : O du fröhliche
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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 :: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring"
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1723
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Adam, Adolphe : Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night"
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 :: Magnificat
  • Conductor: Helmuth Rilling
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart Bach Collegium
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1728-1731
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: no 59, Ich steh an deiner krippen hier
  • Conductor: Helmuth Rilling
  • Ensemble: Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734-1735
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
  • Conductor: Jerold Ottley
  • Ensemble: Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1958
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: Canzon septimi toni a 8 - no 2
  • Conductor: Richard Condie
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1597
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David City
  • Performer: Wesley Parrot (Organ)
  • Conductor: Valentin Radu
  • Ensemble: Chestnut Brass Company
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mason, Lowell : Joy to the World
  • Conductor: Richard Condie
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah!
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Ensemble: Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1742
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Burney, Charles : Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • Performers: Lucy Carolan (Harpsichord); Natanja Hadda (Alto); Gillian Ross (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : German Dances (3), K 605 :: no 3 in C major "Sleigh ride"
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a) :: Alleluia
  • Performer: Judith Blegen (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pinchas Zukerman
  • Ensemble: Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1773
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Heinrich Schütz (1585 - 1672) : Historia, der freuden und gnadenreuchen...Die Geburt...Jesu, SWV 435 :: Der Engel sprach zu den Hirten
  • Conductor: Frieder Bernius
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1664
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker, Op. 71 :: no 2, Act 1 - March of the Wooden Soldiers
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1891-1892
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Angels we have heard on high
  • Performer: Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jerold Ottley
  • Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Deck the hall
  • Conductor: Richard Condie
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Ding Dong! Merrily on high
  • Conductor: Anthony Newman
  • Ensemble: Choral Guild of Atlanta Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 16th Century
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : The first nowell
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Wade, John Francis : Adeste fideles
  • Performer: Alexander Schreiner (Organ)
  • Conductor: Richard Condie
  • Ensemble: Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1782
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria in D major, RV 589 :: Laudamus te
  • Conductor: Jean-Claude Malgoire
  • Ensemble: La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6 :: no 8 in G minor "Christmas"
  • Conductor: Richard Kapp
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1708-1712
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Yon, Pietro : Gesù Bambino
  • Performer: Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jerold Ottley
  • Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1917
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Barrios-Mangore, Agustin : Villancico de Navidad
  • Performer: John Williams (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49 :: no 4, Wiegenlied
  • Performers: Helmut Deutsch (Piano); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1868
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48 :: Pie Jesu
  • Performer: Lucia Popp (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: Ambrosian Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1877-1890
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: Alexander Schreiner (Organ)
  • Conductor: Richard Conde
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1818
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespro della Beata Vergine :: Deus in adjutorium
  • Ensemble: Canadian Brass
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1610
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Holst, Gustav : Lullay, my liking, Op. 34 no 2/H 129
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Ensemble: New York Brass and Percussion Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1916
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel :: Abends will ich schlafen gehn "Evening Hymn"
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schubert, Franz : Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria"
  • Performer: Ayako Shinozaki (Harp)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1825
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Niles, John Jacob : I wonder as I wander
  • Performer: Emily van Evera (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae :: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen
  • Performer: Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Christmas Concert Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1609
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Redner, Lewis : O little town of Bethlehem
  • Performer: Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jerold Ottley
  • Ensemble: Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1868
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Watt's Cradle Hymn
  • Performers: Tom Finucane (Lute); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Michael Lees (Countertenor); Tom Raskin (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1825
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol"
  • Performer: Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Luther Henderson
  • Ensemble: Luther Henderson Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 16th Century
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Fraser, Donald : This Christmastide "Jessye's Carol"
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : O come, O come Emmanuel
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 15th Century
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : O Tannenbaum
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : What child is this?
  • Performers: Alexandre Lagoya (Guitar); Michel Legrand (Piano); Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 16th Century
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" :: 2nd movement, Largo
  • Performer: Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pinchas Zukerman
  • Ensemble: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Willis, Richard Storrs : It came upon the midnight clear
  • Performer: Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Luther Henderson
  • Ensemble: Luther Henderson Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : O du fröhliche
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio