Performing Parts 4 to 6 of J. S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, are the Augsburg Cathedral Boys' Choir and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. The work as a whole comprises six colorful, joyous ... (Read More)
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Giving one hundred percent as always, Barbra Streisand here sings 11 favorites for the Christmas season. Apart from a humorous and rollicking "Jingle Bells," the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award ... (Read More)
If you're seeking a Christmas album that skips the familiar fare and can be enjoyed any time of the year, this one's a gem. The Scandinavian ensemble Alba specializes in medieval music, and on these ... (Read More)
Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney, Guy Lombardo, Dick Robertson & others.
Label: Direct Source. Format: CD.
UPC: 779836872920. Daedalus Item Code: 67423
You don't have to be told that Louis Armstrong loves the holidays, because you can hear it in his crooned rendition of "White Christmas"; on the other hand, the song's best-known performer Bing ... (Read More)
Charles Brown with Lowell Fulson, Bobby Powell, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Williams & others.
Label: Fuel 2000 Records. Format: CD.
UPC: 030206106824. Daedalus Item Code: 67064
In the 1940s, Charles Brown established himself as the master of the R&B Yuletide tune with "Merry Christmas Baby" and "Please Come Home for Christmas," both heard here. Brown is equally smooth and ... (Read More)
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The Ambrosian Singers. Chamber Choir of the Arts Educational School, Tring Park. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Vaughan Meakins, conductor.
Label: Membran Music. Format: CD.
UPC: 4011222044822. Daedalus Item Code: 67237
Count on the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for producing a satisfying and upbeat Christmas program with excellent digital sound. Among the 17 songs here are "Away in a Manger," "The Holly and the ... (Read More)
There's something about handbells that instantly evokes Christmas, and so this simple yet resonant instrument is front and center on these 20 Christmas carols, backed by piano. Serving also as a ... (Read More)
With its ability to create a feeling of spirituality and community, choral music has always been a part of the Christmas experience. Fans of traditional Christmas carols will find much to savor among ... (Read More)
Burl Ives, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Autry, Paul Anka, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra & others.
Label: Intense Media. Format: 10 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 4053796000095. Daedalus Item Code: 67512
Better than a grab bag of holiday tunes, this set collects ten complete Christmas albums by some of popular music's greatest stars. Here's Nat "King" Cole ("Adeste Fideles," "I Saw Three Ships," "God ... (Read More)
Dave Koz with Johnny Mathis, Eric Benet, Gloria Estefan, Kenny G, Richard Marx, Fantasia & others.
Label: Concord. Format: CD.
UPC: 888072358645. Daedalus Item Code: 49668
Sure to have something for everyone, this Dave Koz holiday album features duets with friends, who just happen to be some of the most prominent pop and jazz artists around. "Christmas songs already ... (Read More)
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Etta James, vocals. Cedar Walton, piano. Red Holloway, saxophone.
Label: Allegro. Format: CD.
UPC: 723721727659. Daedalus Item Code: 67509
Holiday albums are legion, but it's hard to imagine a cooler one than this 1998 disc by Etta James. Backed by pianist/arranger Cedar Walton and sax man Red Holloway, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement ... (Read More)
Beautifully adapting 15 carols for Celtic harp, Kim Robertson creates a relaxing, internationally themed Christmas album. Here are some favorites from the British Isles ("The Holly and the Ivy," "In ... (Read More)
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