John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Valerie June, Nikki Lane, The Band & others.
Label: New West Records. Format: CD.
UPC: 607396632022. Daedalus Item Code: 49673
This 16-track collection of classic and newly penned holiday songs embraces both longstanding icons and the hottest stars of the Americana genre. Among the former are Johnny Cash ("The Gifts They ... (Read More)
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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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Perhaps best known for its association with author and theologian Thomas Merton, Kentucky's Abbey of Gethsemani is also distinguished by the chants of its Trappist monks. They are heard here in 24 ... (Read More)
The memorable 1965 TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas has become a perennial favorite in large part because of the musical contributions of the Vince Guaraldi Trio. Lyrical and evocative, ... (Read More)
Elizabeth McGovern, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, William Christie, Choir of Kings College, Cambridge, Jim Carter & others.
Label: Warner Bros. Records. Format: 2 CDs.
UPC: 825646206193. Daedalus Item Code: 49721
Composer John Lunn has written an extended seasonal suite version of the Downton Abbey theme, Parts 1 and 2 of which open each disc of this collection of music by cast members and friends of ... (Read More)
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Margaret Burdett, Cecily Atkinson, Lynton Atkinson & Jonathan Prentice. Bournemouth Symphony Chorus & Orchestra. Peter Breiner, conductor.
Label: Naxos. Format: CD.
UPC: 747313258529. Daedalus Item Code: 57695
Conductor Peter Breiner's fresh arrangements of familiar carols and other holiday favorites range from sweetly intimate to resplendent and joyful. Selections include "Ding Dong! Merrily on High," ... (Read More)
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You wouldn't expect Cyndi Lauper to make a traditional Christmas album, and she didn't. This 1998 release does offer her renditions of "Silent Night" and the Gustav Holst version of "In the Bleak ... (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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Established in 1966, the Ensemble Vocal d'Avignon is led in these 1970s recordings by their founder, Georges Durand. The group's specialty is Renaissance and baroque religious music, and here they ... (Read More)
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Ol' Blue Eyes is in fine voice for these early-career recordings of some Christmas standards, heard here with the orchestral arrangements of Axel Stordahl. There's plenty of swinging on "Jingle ... (Read More)
From Sinatra's 1940s Columbia Records period, these 14 holiday favorites are quite varied, with two spirituals first issued on a 1947 single ("Jesus is a Rock in the Weary Land" and "I've Got a Home ... (Read More)