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

If you are looking for wonderful music for Christmas, here are 50 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, and click here if you want to browse new Christmas titles for 2013.

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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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Deo gracias Anglia! - Medieval English Carols; The Trinity Carol Roll / Andrew Lawrence-King; Michael Grebil; Pamela Thorby
Deo gracias Anglia! - Medieval English Carols; The Trinity Carol Roll / Andrew Lawrence-King; Michael Grebil; Pamela Thorby

1 CD / Obsidian Records / 2012-09-25

Works: Christmas Traditional: Hail Marye Ful of Grace, carol (English); Nowel, Nowel, Nowel, carol (English); Now May We Syngyn, carol (English); Be Mery, Be Mery, carol (English); Nowell Sing We, carol (En...
Performers: Grébil, Michaël; Lawrence-King, Andrew; Thorby, Pamela
Conductors: Skinner, David
Ensemble: Alamire

The Trinity Carol Roll (Trinity College, Cambridge) is the earliest known source for the English polyphony carol. The thirteen works preserved therein include the patriotic...continue...
Recording information: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)....continue...
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A Christmas Festival - incl. Frosty the Snowman; Ukrainian Bell Carol; March of the Toys; O Holy Night et al. / Brass Band of Battle Creek
A Christmas Festival - incl. Frosty the Snowman; Ukrainian Bell Carol; March of the Toys; O Holy Night et al. / Brass Band of Battle Creek

1 CD / MSR Classics / 2012-09-11

Works: Jeff Tyzik: A Christmas Overture; Johnny Marks: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; George Frederick Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio; Steve Nelson: Frosty the Snowman; Mykola Leontovych: Carol of the B...
Performers: Frost, Mark; Gordon, Wycliffe; Mead, Steven; Richardson, Rex
Conductors: Evans, Richard; Ioannides, Sarah; Gould, Mark [Trumpet]; Sedatole, Kevin
Ensemble: Brass Band of Battle Creek

Recording information: Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek, MI....continue...
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A Christmas Musical Tour: Austria, Switzerland, Germany / Bach & Handel [DVD]
A Christmas Musical Tour: Austria, Switzerland, Germany / Bach & Handel [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Naxos (USA) / 2010-10-26

Works: George Frederick Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio; Johann Sebastian Bach: Weihnachtoratorium

The tour starts in Vienna at the Christkindl Market and other Christmas scenes include the grotesque 'Krampus' masqueraders, with St Nicholas, in Steyr. In Switzerland...continue...
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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...
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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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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 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 Arwel
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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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 is...
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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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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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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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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Morten Lauridsen: O magnum Mysterium, O nata lux, etc / Noel Edison
Morten Lauridsen: O magnum Mysterium, O nata lux, etc / Noel Edison

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2009-10-27

Works: Morten Lauridsen: Lux aeterna; Madrigali, 6 Fire Songs on Italian Renaissance poems, for chorus; Les chansons des roses; Mid-Winter Songs (5); O magnum mysterium
Performers: De'Ath, Leslie
Conductors: Edison, Noel

"If I were Morten Lauridsen and my work was in the artistic care of a choir like the Elora Festival Singers I would feel that...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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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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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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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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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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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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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 / 2012-10-09

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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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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Gemini - Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Ledger, Ameling, Baker, et al
Gemini - Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Ledger, Ameling, Baker, et al

2 CD / EMI 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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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The singers function as concertists throughout...[and] mix their solo and choral duties capably...Willens achieves an impeccably stylish and enjoyable performance of an a...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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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: Tomsons, Valdis; Jansons, Andrejs; 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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Gregorian Christmas / Choir of The Monks of Montserrat Abbey, Choir of the Benedictine Abbey Münsterschwarzach
Gregorian Christmas / Choir of The Monks of Montserrat Abbey, Choir of the Benedictine Abbey Münsterschwarzach

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2008-11-18

Works: Gregorian Chant: Hodie nobis caelorum rex, responsory; Hodie Nobis de Caelo, responsory; Quem vidistis pastores, responsory in mode 4 (Liber Usualis, no 377); Descendit de caelis, responsory in Mode ...

With its evocative cover, this is the perfect CD for those reflective moments at Christmas time, nicely timed to tie in with the current Gregorian...continue...
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On Christmas Night / works by Rutter, Burton, Mathias, Darke and Poston
On Christmas Night / works by Rutter, Burton, Mathias, Darke and Poston

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2011-10-25

Works: John Rutter: What sweeter music; Christmas Traditional: Noël nouvelet, carol (French); Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French); I Saw Three Ships, carol; Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English); ...
Performers: Challenger, John [Organ]; Clapham, Geoffrey; Gregory, Julian; James, Freddie [Organist]; Leslie, Huw; Macdonald, Basil; Neill, Henry
Conductors: Nethsingha, Andrew
Ensemble: St John's College Choir cambridge

A joyous celebration of music for the festive season! This disc was recorded in the College Chapel in full surround-sound, and recreates to a spectacular...continue...
Recording information: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (01/14/2011-01/16/2011)....continue...
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Christmas with the Pro Arte Singers / works by John Joubert, H.J. Gauntlett, Pierre Villette, et al.
Christmas with the Pro Arte Singers / works by John Joubert, H.J. Gauntlett, Pierre Villette, et al.

1 CD / MSR Classics / 2011-10-11

Works: John Joubert: There Is No Rose, for chorus, Op. 14; Henry John Gauntlett: Once in Royal David's City, carol; Pierre Villette: O magnum mysterium, Op 53; Hymne à la Vierge, Op 24; Johann Christ...
Performers: Hezewijk, Olav Van; Krause, Joan
Conductors: Sjögren, Arthur
Ensemble: Pro Arte Singers

For more than 25 years, the Pro Arte singers have been recognized as an outstanding chamber chorus. This recording of Christmas music is for the...continue...
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Johann Mattheson: Christmas Oratorio, Die Heilsam Geburt; Magnificat
Johann Mattheson: Christmas Oratorio, Die Heilsam Geburt; Magnificat

1 CD / CPO / 2010-11-16

Works: Johann Mattheson: Der für die Sünde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra; Magnificat, for 2 choruses
Performers: Gsanger, Johannes; Hansen, Sven; Kennedy, Nicki; MacLeod, Stephan; Post, Andreas
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander
Ensemble: Cologne Academy

For a long time Johann Mattheson was the "known unknown" among the composers of the eighteenth century. His name was frequently cited but always as...continue...
Recording information: Deutschlandfunk, Kammermusiksaal (11/09/2009-11/12/2009)....continue...
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Lullabies & Carols for Christmas / Monica Whicher, soprano; Judy Loman, harp
Lullabies & Carols for Christmas / Monica Whicher, soprano; Judy Loman, harp

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2010-11-16

Works: Christmas Traditional: The Garden of Jesus (Dutch); Balulalow ("I come from hevin to tell") (Scottish); Lullay My Liking, carol (English); Coventry Carol (2); Noël nouvelet, carol (French); Avec...
Performers: Loman, Judy; Whicher, Monica

The richly fascinating history of the Christmas carol spans some nine centuries, from the 12th Century until today, bringing together courtly and popular words and...continue...
Recording information: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (05/27/2010-05/30/2010)....continue...
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Baroque Christmas in Hamburg: Praetorius, Selle, Scheidt, Weckmann, Bernhard et al.
Baroque Christmas in Hamburg: Praetorius, Selle, Scheidt, Weckmann, Bernhard et al.

1 CD / CPO / 2010-11-16

Works: Hieronymus Praetorius: Angelus ad pastores ait, motet for 8 voices; Magnificat quinti toni, motet for 8 voices; Jacob Praetorius: Praeambulum in D for organ; Thomas Selle: Videntes stellam magi, mote...
Conductors: Cordes, Manfred
Ensemble: Bremer Barock Consort

After their CD featuring choral music for Advent and Christmas by Michael Praetorius, the Bremen Consort under Manfred Cordes has now recorded a second disc...continue...
Recording information: St. Marien & St. Pankratius, Drebber (09/21/2009-09/25/2009)....continue...
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Ralph Vaughan Williams: Hodie; Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Hodie; Fantasia on Christmas Carols

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2007-11-20

Works: Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols; Hodie (This Day), Christmas cantata for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' chorus, chorus & orchestra
Performers: Gadd, Stephen; Hoare, Peter [; Watson, Janice
Conductors: Wetton, Hilary Davan

Vaughan Williams’s Christmas Cantata 'Hodie' (This Day) is a brilliant mosaic of musical styles set to poetry from the most diverse sources. Texts by Milton,...continue...
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Georg Gebel d.j.: Christmas Cantatas Vol. 2 / Winter, Adler, Schwarz, Post, Vieweg
Georg Gebel d.j.: Christmas Cantatas Vol. 2 / Winter, Adler, Schwarz, Post, Vieweg

1 CD / CPO / 2012-01-31

Works: Georg d. J. Gebel: Mein Jesu A und O, der Anfang und das Ende, cantata for 4 voices, orchestra & organ; Begebet eure Leiber zum Opfer, cantata for 4 voices, orchestra & organ
Performers: Adler, Gesine; Post, Andreas; Remy, Ludger; Vieweg, Matthias; Winter, Veronika
Conductors: Remy, Ludger
Ensemble: Les Amis de Philippe

Vol. 2 features Gebel's Cantatas from the 1747-48 cycle that he wrote for church services on New Year's Day and the 1st Sunday after Epiphany....continue...
Recording information: Sendesaal Bremen (2009-10-16_2009-10-17&2011-)....continue...
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Corrette: Symphonies de Noel / La Fantasia
Corrette: Symphonies de Noel / La Fantasia

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2009-10-13


Michel Corrette was born in Rouen, where his father Gaspard was an organist. Sadly, little is known about his early life, but we know he...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...
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