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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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)
The young men of the Freiburg Cathedral choir uphold a musical tradition at the school that extends back nearly eight centuries, and this incarnation of the group distinguishes itself on this 1998 ... (Read More)
If you prefer that your Christmas have some spring in its step, the NOLA Players will oblige you with this 14-song sampler. Led by pianist Mike Esneault, these 18 Crescent City pros—including ... (Read More)
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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)
The Elora Festival Singers, Worchester Cathedral Choir, The Choir of Tewkesbury Abbey School & others.
Label: Naxos. Format: CD.
UPC: 747313529223. Daedalus Item Code: 57763
A wealth of British choirs and ensembles join together on this disc to present joyous and reverent music of the Christmas season. Vocal selections include "Ding Dong Merrily on High," "Away in a ... (Read More)
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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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Die Gruppe für Alte Musik München. Martin Zöbeley, director.
Label: Ars Musici. Format: CD.
UPC: 4011222322357. Daedalus Item Code: 67413
Christmas has long been an inspiration to composers, and this intriguing program by the Gruppe für Alte Musik München highlights some less frequently heard a capella selections from the Renaissance. ... (Read More)
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)
Schola der Benediktinerabtei Gerleve. P. Gottfried Meier, director.
Label: New Classical Adventure. Format: CD.
UPC: 4019272601064. Daedalus Item Code: 67412
Recorded in the Benedictine Abbey in Gerleve Abbey in Westphalia, Germany, these beautiful Gregorian chants for the first three Sundays of Advent form an audible connection to Christmas celebrations ... (Read More)
The 130-member boys choir at the cathedral of Essen is led by Georg Sump on these 20 holiday selections. Although "Stille Nacht" ("Silent Night") is featured here with such reasonably well-known ... (Read More)