A beautiful showcase for one of the great baritone voices of out time. It includes all the big favorites: O Come All Ye Faithful, Wexford Carol, and a duet with Bing Crosby on White Christmas. A two CD set, the OTHER included CD is breathtaking, Carols in Welsh. It’s every bit as good as hearing Richard Burton read Dylan Thomas for the first time. (Deutsche Gramophon 14914)
The ice-castle sound of Anonymous 4 is will suited for this collection of medieval carols and Anglo-American spirituals all inspired by the “miracle” carol from the 15th century, “The Cherry Tree”. (Harmonia Mundi 807453)
I first heard “Christmas for Clare” (I think it’s unavailable anymore) and fell in love with the pre-Cambridge Signers era with Rutter leading the choir at Clare. Traditional Anglican carols sung in a lovely historic Cambridge chapel. We often forget Clare and it’s mixed choir has a longer history than King’s College! (London 425500)
Recorded in 1992, it’s 20 of the best loved jazz standards including Mel’s own composition “The Christmas Song” (Funny THAT title wasn’t taken when he came to write it). Lovely arrangements and “The Velvet Fog” makes you want to throw another log on the fire. On Telarc.
Taste of the Holidays Vol. 1
The 21 song collection gathers together holiday classics such as "Joy to the World" performed by Choral Arts Ensemble, "The Christmas Song" by the Dolce Wind Quartet, "Greensleeves" by The Copper Street Brass Quintet, among others. The cd features a wonderful selection of classical music along with delicious recipes from Lynne Rossetto Kasper and The Splendid Table.
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Gifts for the Classical Music Lover
ArkivMusic presents a collection of the best classical music for gift-giving this holiday season. Including rare and value-priced items, this gift guide contains something for any classical music lover.
• 2011 Holiday Music Picks