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40 Christmas Best Sellers - Our top selling titles from seasons past

If you are looking for wonderful music for Christmas, here are 40 titles we expect you will greatly enjoy, selected by other listeners like you who love classical music! The list was compiled from our best selling Christmas titles from the past three holiday seasons. You can browse them below, listed with the top sellers first. Click here if you would like to browse all our Christmas music!

J.S. Bach: Sacred Choral Works - Christmas Oratorio; St. Matthew Passion; St. John Passion; Mass in B minor / Helmuth Rilling [10 CDs]
J.S. Bach: Sacred Choral Works - Christmas Oratorio; St. Matthew Passion; St. John Passion; Mass in B minor / Helmuth Rilling [10 CDs]

10 CD / Sony / BMG / 2014-03-25

Conductors: Rilling, Helmuth
Ensemble: Bach-Collegium Stuttgart; Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart

These imports feature German pressings from the immense Sony Classical Masters Catalog in smart and collectible multi-disc editions. The Sony catalog is replete with legendary...continue...
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Schubert: Lazarus, oratorio / Carola Nossek, Ingeborg Springer, Ursula Reinhardt-Kiss, Eberhard Buchner, Horst Gebhardt
Schubert: Lazarus, oratorio / Carola Nossek, Ingeborg Springer, Ursula Reinhardt-Kiss, Eberhard Buchner, Horst Gebhardt

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2013-12-10

Works: Franz Schubert: Lazarus, D689 (fragment)
Conductors: Knothe, Dietrich
Ensemble: ; Staatskapelle Berlin

This recording presents a reissue of a sacred stage work that despite being incomplete is notable for its Schubertian melodic beauty and dramatic heft. The...continue...
Personnel: Carola Nossek, Bernd Riedel, Ursula Reinhardt-Kiss, Eberhard Büchner, Ingeborg Springer, Horst Gerhardt (vocals).

Recording information: Christuskirche, Berlin (1978-01-08_1978-...continue...
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The Rose in the Middle of Winter: Carols by Bob Chilcott / Laurie Ashworth, soprano; Richard Pearce, organ
The Rose in the Middle of Winter: Carols by Bob Chilcott / Laurie Ashworth, soprano; Richard Pearce, organ

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2013-11-19

Works: Bob Chilcott: Song of the Crib, for chorus; Les anges dans nos campagnes, for chorus; The Advent Candle, for chorus; The Rose in the Middle of Winter, for chorus; The Heart-in-Waiting, for chorus; Th...
Performers: Ashworth, Laurie; Elton, Tim [Oboe]; Houghton, Tanya [Harp]; James, Alice [Flute]; Pearce, Richard; Simmons, Josie [Saxophone]
Conductors: Berry, Matthew
Ensemble: ; Commotio

Bob Chilcott has been described by The Observer as 'a contemporary hero of British Choral Music,' and his music is commissioned and sung by choirs...continue...
Recording information: Keble College Chapel, Oxford, UK (04/05/2013-04/07/2013)....continue...
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Praetorius: Christmette; Christmas Mass / Gabrieli Consort & Players, McCreesh
Praetorius: Christmette; Christmas Mass / Gabrieli Consort & Players, McCreesh

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2013-11-05

Works: Martin Luther: Christum wir sollen loben schon, processional; Michael Praetorius: Puer natus in Bethlehem; Missa gantz Teudsch; Der Herr sei mit euch, collect; Musae Sioniae, Bk 7; Wir glauben all an...
Performers: Devaere, Hannelore; Engberg-Pedersen, Anders; Greig, Donald; Pendlebury, Sarah; Roberts, Timothy [Keyboardist/Conductor]
Conductors: McCreesh, Paul
Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort; Gabrieli Players

Paul McCreesh's monumental celebration of an early Baroque Christmas, with music mainly by Michael Praetorius - 79 minutes of polychoral music....continue...
Recording information: Roskilde Cathedral, Roskilde, Denmark (10/1993)....continue...
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Christmas Daybreak, contemporary choral works and arrangements of traditional carols for Christmas / The Crossing
Christmas Daybreak, contemporary choral works and arrangements of traditional carols for Christmas / The Crossing

1 CD / Innova / 2013-10-29

Works: Andrew Gant: What Child Is This? for chorus & organ; James MacMillan: Alpha and Omega, for chorus; Gabriel Jackson: I look from afar, matins responsory for Advent Sunday; Ane Sang of the Birth of Chr...
Performers: Dettra, Scott; Robinson, Caroline J. [Organ]
Conductors: Nally, Donald
Ensemble: ; Choir of St. Paul's Chruch Chestnut Hill; The Crossing

Born of an international broadcast for Public Radio International, and inspired by a commissioned premiere on a familiar Christmas tune, Christmas Daybreak captures the honest...continue...
Recording information: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill (2011)....continue...
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A Musical Journey - Christmas in Austria: Salzburg, the Salzkammergut, Switzerland / Music of Handel, Torelli, Bach, Corelli, Manfredini, Locatelli, Vivaldi [DVD]
A Musical Journey - Christmas in Austria: Salzburg, the Salzkammergut, Switzerland / Music of Handel, Torelli, Bach, Corelli, Manfredini, Locatelli, Vivaldi [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Naxos (USA) / 2013-10-29


The tour starts in Steyr, in Upper Austria, bringing scenes associated with Christmas there, in Salzburg, the Salzkammergut and finally Switzerland. The music chosen for...continue...
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Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo 2.0,
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Joy to the World: An American Christmas - Traditional Hymns / Handel and Haydn Society
Joy to the World: An American Christmas - Traditional Hymns / Handel and Haydn Society

1 CD / Coro / 2013-10-08

Works: Christmas Traditional: I Wonder As I Wander (American); In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones); O Little Town of Bethlehem; Angels We Have Heard on High; Morten Lauridsen: O magnum mysterium; George Fr...
Performers: Bynum, Woodrow; Reed, Stefan [Tenor (Vocal)]; Tengblad, Sonja DuToit; Thomas Armstrong [Composer/Conductor]
Conductors: Christophers, Harry
Ensemble: Handel & Haydn Society

CORO is delighted to release the first "studio" recording with the Handel and Haydn Society in 2013. This special Christmas disc, which was recorded at...continue...
Recording information: WGBH Studios, Boston, MA (01/20/2013-01/26/2013)....continue...
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Carols from the Old and New Worlds - music from Austria, Finland, Germany, England & the US / Theatre of Voices, Hillier
Carols from the Old and New Worlds - music from Austria, Finland, Germany, England & the US / Theatre of Voices, Hillier

1 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2013-10-08

Works: Daniel Read: While Shepherds Watched (tune Sherburne); Christmas Traditional: The Shepherd's Star (American); A Virgin Unspotted (American); Hark! the herald angels sing (tune Eltham) (American); Sti...
Conductors: Hillier, Paul
Ensemble: ; Theatre of Voices

Featuring music from Austria, Finland, Germany, England and the USA, Carols from the Old and New Worlds Vol.1, a series devised by Paul Hillier and...continue...
Cassette catalogue number: 407079.

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, LucasArts Entertainment Company, Nicas (12/14/1993-12/16/1993).

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Veni Emmanuel - Music for Advent / Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
Veni Emmanuel - Music for Advent / Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

1 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2013-10-08

Works: Gregorian Chant: O, Emmanuel-Gaudebunt campi-Veni, Domine, antiphon; O sapientia, antiphon; O Adonai, antiphon, Mode 2; O Radix Jesse, antiphon; O clavis David, antiphon, Mode 2; O Oriens II, Antienn...
Performers: Brindle, Eleanor [Soprano (Vocal)]; Cole, William; Haigh, Gabrielle [Soprano (Vocal)]; Haigh, Nicolas; Jones, John Lawrence; Kennedy, Stefan [Tenor Vocal]; McKie, William; Mogg, Nicholas [Bass (Vocal...
Conductors: Ross, Graham
Ensemble: ; Choir of Clare College Cambridge

The familiar hymn Veni Emmanuel is emblematic of the Advent season - a period of reflection upon the meaning of Christ's coming. Framing this program...continue...
Recording information: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, UK (03/2012); Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans, Here (03/2012); All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, UK (04/2012); Ca...continue...
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Christmas Brass Festival / Schweriner Blechblaser Collegium, Jan Ernst, organ
Christmas Brass Festival / Schweriner Blechblaser Collegium, Jan Ernst, organ

2 CD / Hanssler Classic / 2013-09-24

Works: George Frederick Handel: Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63; Michael Praetorius: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland; Den die Hirten lobten sehre; Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen; Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzon no 27 ("Fa sol...
Performers: Ernst, Jan
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Ensemble: Schweriner Blechblaser Collegium

Schwerin Brass Collegium's new release features a mixture of well-known carols and traditional arrangements of Renaissance and Baroque seasonal music. Also included are tasteful transcriptions...continue...
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Carols from Kings / Stephen Cleobury, King's College Choir
Carols from Kings / Stephen Cleobury, King's College Choir

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2012-11-13

Works: Henry John Gauntlett: Once in Royal David's City, carol; Christmas Traditional: Rejoice and Be Merry; Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French); King Jesus Hath A Garden (Dutch); Infant Holy, Infant Lowly ...
Performers: Goode, David; Knight, Alexander; Todd, Nicholas
Conductors: Cleobury, Stephen
Ensemble: ; King's College Choir

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, is one of the world's most beloved choral groups. Each Christmas Eve millions across the globe tune in to...continue...
Recording information: La Musée des Augustins, Toulouse, France (08/02/1994-08/03/1994)....continue...
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A Winter's Light - A Christmas Collection / Martin Ford, organ; Vasari Singers, Jeremy Backhouse
A Winter's Light - A Christmas Collection / Martin Ford, organ; Vasari Singers, Jeremy Backhouse

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2012-11-13

Works: Bob Chilcott: On Christmas Night, carol cycle; Christmas-tide, carol for chorus & piano; Christmas Traditional: Gabriel's Message (Basque); Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Hodie Christus natus est; Michae...
Performers: Burges, Dan; Ford, Martin; McWilliams, Fiona; Paterson, Alysha; Robertson, Paul [Tenor vocals]; Watson, Susan; Wood, Matthew
Conductors: Backhouse, Jeremy
Ensemble: ; Vasari Singers

The Vasari Singers' annual carol concerts always provide a warming blend of traditional favorites and less well-known music from all periods and styles. Here, joyous...continue...
Recording information: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/10/2012-02/12/2012)....continue...

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In the World of the Spirits: Christmas Classics for Wind Band by Reed, Holst, Broughton
In the World of the Spirits: Christmas Classics for Wind Band by Reed, Holst, Broughton

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2012-10-30

Works: Claude T. Smith: Symphonic Prelude on "Adeste Fideles", for band; Alfred Reed: Greensleeves; Russian Christmas Music; Gustav Holst: Christmas Day, for chorus & orchestra, H. 109; In the bleak mid-win...
Conductors: Stewart, Scott A.
Ensemble: ; Emory Symphonic Winds

The Emory Symphonic Winds, comprised of members of the Emory Wind Ensemble and the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, are American leaders in the commissioning of...continue...
Recording information: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emory University,....continue...
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Navidad: Christmas Music from Latin America and Spain / Toronto Consort
Navidad: Christmas Music from Latin America and Spain / Toronto Consort

1 CD / Marquis Classic / 2012-10-16

Works: Juan García de Zéspedes: Convidando esta la noche, for chorus & ensemble; Christmas Traditional: Riu, riu, chiu!, carol (Spanish); Diego Ortiz: Recercada no 2; Francisco Guerrero: A un ...
Performers: Bailey, Dawn; Pierre, Vicki St. [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Teresi, Dominic
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Ensemble: Toronto Consort

Navidad is a celebration of the lively and compelling repertoire of villancicos and dances from 16th and 17th-century Latin America and Spain. The villancico is...continue...
Recording information: Wilfred Laurier University (12/19/2011-12/21/2011)....continue...
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Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols / Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury
Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols / Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury

2 CD / King's College / 2012-10-22

Works: Philip Glass: Facades; Chaotic Harmony, song for voice & cello (for the film "Taiji; Quartet for Strings no 3 ("Mishima"); Taoist Sacred Dance, for piano & flute; Glassworks
Performers: Boccadoro, Carlo; Mercelli, Massimo; Sapere, Leonardo
Conductors: Cleobury, Stephen;
Ensemble: I Virtuosi Italiani; King's College Cambridge Choir

With a TV and radio audience of millions, the annual broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols is an essential Christmas tradition for...continue...
Recording information: Sala Maffeiana del Teatro Filarmonico di Verona (02/2009)....continue...
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Christmas - Henry John Gauntlett,  Traditional,  Various  / Voces8
Christmas - Henry John Gauntlett, Traditional, Various / Voces8

1 CD / Signum Records / 2012-01-01

Works: Henry John Gauntlett: Once in Royal David's City, carol; Christmas Traditional: Gabriel's Message (Basque); Away in a Manger; Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French); I Wonder As I Wander (American); Cov...
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Ensemble: Voces8

The international award-winning octet, VOCES8, has established itself at the forefront of British a cappella. Performing a repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to unique Jazz...continue...
Recording information: St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (08/21/2011-08/24/2011)....continue...
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Colors Of Christmas / John Rutter - The Bach Choir
Colors Of Christmas / John Rutter - The Bach Choir

1 CD / Decca / 2011-10-24

Works: Christmas Traditional: Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French); Riu, riu, chiu!, carol (Spanish); I Wonder As I Wander (American); Gabriel's Message (Basque); Deck the Halls (Welsh); John Rutter: The Col...
Performers: Birch, John; Blane, Ralph; Webb, Huw
Conductors: Rutter, John
Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Colours of Christmas is a collection of the greatest Christmas carols by the composer/conductor whose music has, for many, been so associated with Christmas....continue...
Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London / Royal Albert Hall, London (01/2011/04/2011)....continue...
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Praetorius: Christmas Music / Choir of Westminster Cathedral, David Hill
Praetorius: Christmas Music / Choir of Westminster Cathedral, David Hill

1 CD / Hyperion / 2011-10-11

Works: Michael Praetorius: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland; Nun singet und seit froh, for chorus; Dances from Terpsichore; Puer natus in Bethlehem; Quem pastores laudavere, hymn (Puericinium); Musae Sioniae, Bk...
Conductors: Hill, David
Ensemble: Parley of Instruments

Michael Praetorius was a hugely versatile German composer. His 1603 post as Kapellmeister in Wolfenbüttel necessitated extensive travel throughout Germany, enabling him to establish widespread...continue...
Recording information: Westminster Cathedral (01/22/1986-01/24/1986)....continue...
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An Appalachian Christmas / Mark O'Connor, Renee Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma; James Taylor et al.
An Appalachian Christmas / Mark O'Connor, Renee Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma; James Taylor et al.

1 CD / OMAC Records / 2011-09-13


A perfect musical delight for Christmastime! These beautiful, lilting Christmas melodies take you right to the heartland with Mark O'Connor and an all-star cast of...continue...
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The Christmas Story / Paul Hillier, Theater of Voices
The Christmas Story / Paul Hillier, Theater of Voices

1 Super Audio CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2011-09-13

Works: Gregorian Chant: Rorate caeli desuper, introit in mode 4 for the 4th Sunday in Advent; Puer natus est nobis, introit; Videntes stellam Magi, Magnificat antiphon; Herodes iratus, antiphon (Mode 1); Ch...
Conductors: Hillier, Paul

Inspired by the much-loved service of Nine Lessons and Carols given every Christmas Eve in England, this recording presents the Nativity story told through plainchant,...continue...
Recording information: Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark (01/2011)....continue...
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Johann Mattheson: Christmas Oratorio / Ryden, Schmid, Turk, Friedrich, Dahlamann
Johann Mattheson: Christmas Oratorio / Ryden, Schmid, Turk, Friedrich, Dahlamann

1 CD / CPO / 2010-11-16

Works: Johann Mattheson: Das gröáte Kind, christmas oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra
Performers: Cordes, Ulrich; Dahlmann, Thilo; Friedrich, Wolf Matthias; Gramá, Nele; Ryden, Susanne; Turk, Gerd
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander
Ensemble: Cologne Academy

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Christoph Graupner: Christmas Cantatas / Winter, Vitzthum, Kobow, Flaig
Christoph Graupner: Christmas Cantatas / Winter, Vitzthum, Kobow, Flaig

1 CD / CPO / 2010-11-16

Works: Christoph Graupner: Frohlocke, werte Christenheit, cantata; Der Herr hat mich gehabt im Anfang, cantata; Das Licht des Lebens scheinet hell, cantata; Das Licht scheinet in der Finsternis, cantata; Vo...
Performers: Flaig, Markus; Kobow, Jan; Winter, Veronika
Conductors: Max, Hermann
Ensemble: Das kleine Konzert

At least during the first half of the eighteenth century the court of the Landgraves of Hesse-Darmstadt was a match for the magnificence and variety...continue...
Recording information: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (01/27/2010-01/29/2010)....continue...
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Christmas Carols of Vaughan Williams / Cardiff Festival Choir
Christmas Carols of Vaughan Williams / Cardiff Festival Choir

1 CD / Griffin Records / 2010-11-09

Works: Christmas Traditional: Hereford Carol, for choir; While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night (unspecified tune); Ralph Vaughan Williams: Snow in the Street ("From far away we come to you"), carol ...
Performers: Court, Robert
Conductors: Hughes, Owain A.
Ensemble: Cardiff Festival Choir

One of the most famous choirs in the world for hymn singing join forces with Owain Arwel Hughes who's name is synonymous with large scale...continue...
Recording information: Cardiff University (06/1995/11/1995)....continue...
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Carols and Christmas Songs / Bryn Terfel
Carols and Christmas Songs / Bryn Terfel

2 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2010-11-02

Performers: Aston, Ryan; Band, Caryl Parry Jones; Crosby, Bing; Cynan, Geraint; Edwards, Gwawr [Vocals]; Finch, Catrin; Hopkins, Nigel; Isaac, Myfyr; Jones, Caryl Parry; Parry, Non; Phillips, Christian; Rhys-Wil...
Conductors: Evans, Tecwyn; Trotter, John Scott; Jones, Caryl Parry

World-renowned bass-baritone Bryn Terfel is the heart and soul of this album's special assemblage of Welsh and international top talent for a very personal, intimate...continue...
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Baroque Christmas Concert: From the Cathedral in Freiburg / Bonney, Goerne [DVD]
Baroque Christmas Concert: From the Cathedral in Freiburg / Bonney, Goerne [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Kultur International Films / 2010-10-26

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata no 110, "Unser Mund sei voll Lachens" BWV 110; Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248; Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mass in C minor, K 4...
Performers: Bonney, Barbara; Goerne, Matthias
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Ensemble: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; German Brass

Freiburg in winter. Accompanied by the sound of Johann Sebastian Bach's 'concerto in D major, BWV972', the camera slowly glides over the snow-covered forests and...continue...
Run Time: 60 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9 anamorphic, Color
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Puer Natus Est: Tudor Music For Advent & Christmas
Puer Natus Est: Tudor Music For Advent & Christmas

1 Super Audio CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2010-10-12

Works: Thomas Tallis: Videte miraculum; Missa Puer Natus Est; John Taverner: Audivi vocem de coelo, motet for 4 voices; William Byrd: Rorate caeli desuper, motet for 5 voices (SATTB); Tollite portas, motet ...
Performers: Ashby, Helen; Ashby, Kate; Hickey, Rebecca; Hill, Katy

For their fifth album, young British choral stars Stile Antico turn to Thomas Tallis' magnificent seven-part Christmas Mass, based on the plainchant Puer natus est...continue...
Recording information: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (01/2002)....continue...

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Our Heart's Joy: A Chanticleer Christmas
Our Heart's Joy: A Chanticleer Christmas

1 CD / Mesa Blue Moon / 2010-09-14


Share the joy of the season with family and friends as the Grammy-winning "orchestra of voices" performs its beloved holiday program amid the rich acoustics...continue...
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As It Fell on A Holie Eve: Early English Christmas Music
As It Fell on A Holie Eve: Early English Christmas Music

1 CD / MSR Classics / 2010-09-14

Works: Thomas Ravenscroft: Remember, O thou man (from Melismata, 1611); William Byrd: Rejoice, rejoice, with heart and voice; Gradualia seu cantiones sacrum, liber secundus, for 3-5 voices; Vidimus stellam ...
Performers: Baird, Julianne
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Ensemble: Parthenia Vocal

Julianne Baird and the viol consort, Parthenia, offer an exquisite program of Christmas music as it might have been performed in the time of Elizabeth...continue...
Recording information: Concert Hall of Drew University, Dorothy Young Center f (06/2009).

Includes work(s) by William Byrd (Composer)....continue...
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Christmas Carols
Christmas Carols

1 CD / Griffin Records / 2010-06-08

Works: Henry John Gauntlett: Once in Royal David's City, carol; Alick Rowe: Adam lay y bounden, carol; Christmas Traditional: O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol; People, Look East! (Besa...
Performers: Brown, Tim Brown; Challenger, Stephen; Corder, Ian; Crowhurst, Jeremy; Edwards, George; Field, Sebastian; Gowland, Stephen; Gregory, Anthony; Hereford Cathedral Choir; Hickey, George; Holland, Jonath...
Conductors: Massey, Roy

One of the top English Cathedral choirs sing a varied program of many popular carols for Advent and Christmastide together with lesser known ones particular...continue...
Personnel: John Stafford, George Edwards, Sam Johnson, Robert Thomas, Jr. (vocals); Tim Fulford Brown (tenor); Huw Williams (organ).

Recording information: Hereford Cathedral, Hereford, Hertfo...continue...
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Once were Christmas Angels - The Pure Sound of Boy Trebles
Once were Christmas Angels - The Pure Sound of Boy Trebles

1 CD / Griffin Records / 2010-06-08

Works: Christmas Traditional: The Holly and the Ivy (English); Little Jesus Sweetly Sleep; Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French); Quem pastores laudavere (Hohenfurth Manuscript, 1410); O Little Town of Bethle...
Performers: Bowyer, Jeremy; Cooper, Ian [Mastering]; Criswell, Michael; Davey, Peter; Dutton, Paul; Elias, David; Harvey, Christopher; Ludford-Thomas, Daniel; Lyle, James; Mace, Michael; Pugh, Owen; Rees-William...

Something different & wonderfully enjoyable! The new Boy Trebles compilation awaited by collectors from the 25-year period covered by Abbey Label. It is much more...continue...
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In Terra Pax - A Christmas Anthem - Finzi, Holst, Vaughan Williams, et al
In Terra Pax - A Christmas Anthem - Finzi, Holst, Vaughan Williams, et al

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2009-11-17

Works: Gustav Holst: Christmas Day, for chorus & orchestra, H. 109; John Joubert: There Is No Rose, for chorus, Op. 14; William Mathias: Sir Christèmas; A babe is born, Op. 55; Herbert Howells: Here ...
Performers: Davies, Julian [Tenor]; Doyle, Julia; Glassberg, Ben; Oberst, Simon; Williams, Mark; Williams, Roderick [Bass-Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Wetton, Hilary Davan

Performances of carols both ancient and modern have become central to the celebration of Christmas. The choral music on this disc includes Holst's surprisingly neglected...continue...
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Carols by Candlelight / Ives, Magdalen College
Carols by Candlelight / Ives, Magdalen College

1 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2009-11-10

Works: Gregorian Chant: Creator alme siderum, hymn (Advent 1); Ralph Vaughan Williams: Traditional English Carols (8); The Blessed Son of God, for chorus (arranged from "Hodie," Christmas cantata); William ...
Performers: Ford, Martin

Bill Ives leads the famed Choir of Magdalen College in this selection of choral favorites for Advent and Christmas. The music on this recording ranges...continue...
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American Classics - Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors, My Christmas / Willis, Mabry, Nashville SO, et al
American Classics - Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors, My Christmas / Willis, Mabry, Nashville SO, et al

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2008-11-25

Works: Gian Carlo Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors, opera; My Christmas, for male chorus & ensemble
Performers: Anthony, Dean; Gunlogson, Kirsten; Hawkersmith, Ike; LeFan, Bart; Short, Kevin; Thomas, Todd
Conductors: Willis, Alastair; Mabry, George
Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Orchestra

Menotti's 'Amahl and the Night Visitors', the first opera written for television, enjoys more than five hundred performances annually around the world and is immensely...continue...
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Gemini - Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Ledger, Ameling, Baker, et al
Gemini - Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Ledger, Ameling, Baker, et al

2 CD / Warner Classics / 2008-11-11

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Performers: Ameling, Elly [Soprano Vocal]; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Tear, Robert
Conductors: Ledger, Philip [Organ]
Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge

The Gemini Series features an impressive roster of singers, conductors, soloists, and ensembles of international renown, all from the incomparable EMI Classics stable. EMI's rich...continue...
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A Christmas Festival / Rutter, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Farnham Youth Choir
A Christmas Festival / Rutter, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Farnham Youth Choir

1 CD / Collegium / 2008-10-27


"The CD would be of interest to anyone looking for an album of upbeat Christmas fare, who's open to some unfamiliar but highly appealing new...continue...
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Christmas Joy in Latvia - Salaks, Praullins, Skulte, etc / Jansons, New Chamber Orchstra, et al
Christmas Joy in Latvia - Salaks, Praullins, Skulte, etc / Jansons, New Chamber Orchstra, et al

1 CD / Albany Records / 2008-10-14

Works: Vilnis Salaks: Ziemas svetku vakara (On Christmas Eve), cantata for soloists, chorus & chamber orchestra; Ugis Praulins: Ziemsvetki juanaja pasaule (Latvian Solstice in the New World), for 2 voices, ...
Performers: Berzina, Inese; Druva, Sindija; Ezeriete, Ieva; Jansons, Viesturs; Liepina, Laila; Martinsone, Monta; Seile, Elina; Teterovskis, Ints; Tomsons, Valdis; Zamura, Laura Padega
Conductors: Jansons, Andrejs; Tomsons, Valdis; Zamura, Laura Padega
Ensemble: ; New Chamber Orchestra

The joy we feel in anticipating the sun's return after the winter solstice is greatly magnified by the spiritual light that comes with Christmas. This...continue...
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The John Rutter Christmas Album / The Cambridge Singers
The John Rutter Christmas Album / The Cambridge Singers

1 CD / Collegium / 2007-10-09

Works: Christmas Traditional: The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish); Sans Day Carol ("Now the Holly Bears a Berry") (a.k.a. St. Day Carol); I Wonder As I Wand...
Performers: Cambridge Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Finley, Gerald [Bass-Baritone Vocals]; Holton, Ruth; Rutter, John; Varcoe, Stephen [Baritone Vocals]
Conductors: Rutter, John
Ensemble: Cambridge Singers; City of London Sinfonia

"Over the years John Rutter's Christmas recordings with his outstanding Cambridge Singers have become essential components of holiday tradition for choral music fans around the...continue...
Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/1985-06/2002); The Great hall Of University College School, London, En (04/1985-06/2002)....continue...
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The Cambridge Singers Christmas Album / John Rutter, Varcoe
The Cambridge Singers Christmas Album / John Rutter, Varcoe

1 CD / Collegium / 2007-10-09

Works: Henry Walford Davies: The holly and the ivy; Traditional: Blessed be that Maid Mary; Somerset Wassail; Shepherds in the field abiding; The infant king; What is this lovely fragrance?; Gabriel's messa...
Performers: Ashton, Caroline; Holton, Ruth; Kerslake, Karen; Orton, Stephen; Varcoe, Stephen
Conductors: Rutter, John
Ensemble: Cambridge Singers; City of London Sinfonia

"The program also provides a very healthy dose of original pieces, from Victoria's O magnum mysterium, Handel's For unto us a child is born, Kenneth...continue...
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Daquin: Nouveau Livre de Noëls / Christopher Herrick, organ
Daquin: Nouveau Livre de Noëls / Christopher Herrick, organ

1 CD / Hyperion / 2007-10-09

Works: Louis-Claude Daquin: Nouveau Livre des Noëls pour l'orgue et le clavecin, for keyboard & various instruments
Performers: Herrick, Christopher [Organ]

'A magnificent organ and music that will gladden the heart' (Early Music Review)

'Something all organ lovers will want to have. Smashing!' (Gramophone)

'Christopher Herrick and the...continue...
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