Agnes Giebel, Charlotte Wolf-Matthäus, Helmut Krebs & Walter Hauck. RIAS-Kammerchor. RIAS-Kammerorchester. Karl Ristenpart, conductor.
Label: Audite. Format: 3 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 4022143214218. Daedalus Item Code: 57531
For this historic 1950 recording featuring the RIAS Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra, Karl Ristenpart engaged leading Bach singers of the time as soloists—including Helmut Krebs and Agnes ... (Read More)
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Arleen Augér, Annelies Burmeister, Peter Schreier & Theo Adam. Dresdner Kreuzchor. Dresdner Philharmonie. Martin Flämig, conductor.
Label: Brilliant Classics. Format: 3 CDs.
UPC: 5028421950198. Daedalus Item Code: 67193
When acclaimed tenor Peter Schreier retired in 2005, the last role he performed was as the Evangelist in J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio; this effusive 1976 recording of the sacred masterpiece ... (Read More)
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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If you prefer your holiday music lively and a bit down home, look no further. Performing on banjo and fiddle—with the occasional mandolin or guitar—the Pine Street String Band delivers instrumental ... (Read More)
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)
Blending virtuosity, dance rhythms, and that distinct and evocative Celtic tone, this is a holiday album that is fitting for any time of year. Making excellent use of guitar, fiddle, dobro, harp, ... (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)
Backed by harpsichord, organ, and strings, Dorothea Köhler leads the 50-member Kammerchor Cantamus Halle in a program of baroque Christmas songs and 20th-century adaptations of folk material. ... (Read More)
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