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The Baroque Christmas Album

The Baroque Christmas Album Lowest new price: $8.42
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This compilation of re-issues, originally recorded in the 1990s and 2001 features music, by Bach, Charpentier, Gabrieli, Schütz, Corelli (the famous beloved "Pastorale") and Praetorius, all of it beautiful and just right for celebrating a festival of light, hope, worshipful praise, and jubilation. It is performed to perfection by several period vocal and instrumental groups, the latter tuned to various "authentic" pitches. Some of the pieces are excerpts from longer works, some are arrangements, such as four lovely French Christmas carols in an instrumental version by Charpentier, whose harmonic and contrapuntal complexity makes the simplicity of the melodies all the more touching. There are also two reconstructions by Paul McCreesh of Christmas services as they might have been heard during Gabrieli's lifetime at Saint Mark's in Venice and during Schütz's lifetime at the Dresden Hofkapelle. The program is arranged for utmost contrast between vocal and instrumental textures, speed, length, mood and character. Among the highlights are the devout, fervent, quite melancholy "O Jesu me dulcissime" by Gabrieli, who wrote for voices with the same luminous brilliance as for brasses, and Praetorius' "In dulce jubilo," which, with fanfares of trumpets and drums, makes a fittingly triumphant, glorious ending. --Edith Eisler

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Worldes Blysse

Worldes Blysse Lowest new price: $7.18
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40 Most Beautiful Christmas Classics

40 Most Beautiful Christmas Classics Lowest new price: $5.32
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Brand: RHIP2

This 2-disc set includes over two hours of Christmas favorites full of joy, peace and goodwil for the festive season. Featured artists include: Choir of New College Oxford, Dawn Upshaw, Chanticleer, Thomas Hampson,London Brass, Jose Carreras and more

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Christmas Greetings from the Alps - Austrian & German Christmas Music

Christmas Greetings from the Alps - Austrian & German Christmas Music Lowest new price: $8.37
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Spiritual and traditional Christmas celebrations from the famous mountain regions in Austria. Featuring: Advent Carols, Traditional Christmas music from the Alps, Instrumental Advent Folk Music on typical old instruments, Spiritual Christmas Chants and Christmas Organ Music

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  • Christmas Greeting from the Alps

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Catholic Christmas Classics

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Catholic Christmas Classics (Volume 8) by The Cathedral Singers, Richard Proulx (conductor)

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Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore

Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore Lowest new price: $8.44
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Michael Praetorius, German composer and observer of things musical, was one of the most important musicians of the mid-17th century. His encyclopedia of musical instruments, Syntagma Musicum, richly illustrated and annotated, has in many instances given us our only description of the bewildering variety of musical noisemaking devices in use at the time. Terpsichore, similarly, is a collection of mostly French dance music that has never ceased to inspire players and listeners. It's the source for much of what we now call "Renaissance" music, even though it actually dates from about a hundred years later, and no early-music fair or festival would be complete without it. These performances, by an appropriately costumed Dutch early-music group, have the right sense of fun, and their instrumental arrangements are both zesty and colorful. Delightful. --David Hurwitz

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A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert

A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert Lowest new price: $7.97
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Brand: CARNEGIE HALL CHRISTMAS CONCER

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Media Type: CD
Artist: CARNEGIE HALL CHRISTMAS CONCER
Title: CARNEGIE HALL CHRISTMAS CONCER
Street Release Date: 09/11/1997
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Genre: XMAS CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL

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A Robert Shaw Christmas: Angels on High

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A Robert Shaw Christmas: Angels on High

In this beautifully chosen program of mostly a cappella arrangements, Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers deliver the Christmas story in tones of gentle and moving splendor. The carols and sacred settings recorded here are all of an intimate sort, and the rapturous, gently expressive realizations Shaw and his singers give them prove unfailingly appealing. Particularly moving is the newest work on the disc, a setting of "O magnum mysterium" by the American composer Morten Lauridsen. Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria" is another gem, as is the arrangement by Healy Willan of the French carol "What Is This Lovely Fragrance?" The offering includes a pair of chorales from Bach's Christmas Oratorio and two wonderful Christmas works by Benjamin Britten: "A Hymn to the Virgin" and A Ceremony of Carols, both well done, even if the sound of sopranos and altos (rather than boy trebles) in the latter takes some getting used to. --Ted Libbey

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Sing We Christmas

Sing We Christmas Lowest new price: $9.62
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This CD is brand new, never been played and still sealed. It ships USPS First Class mail with tracking. All orders and all inquiries are handled swiftly. 100% satisfaction guaranteed. 7/1

Christmas is the season for whipping out those holiday-specific standard recordings. This splendid gift by Chanticleer should top the list, for one will never tire of this a cappella choir's interpretations. With selections spanning the last five centuries of Latin, German, English, Spanish, and French festive fare, this recording exemplifies the sacrifice of the ego to the higher form of choral sound. Jacob Handl's "Mirabile Mysterium" takes you on a trip into the chromatic wonderlands, where you temporarily lose tonal balance. Victoria's eerie and dissonant "O Magnum Mysterium" treats us to rich voices swelling out of one organic whole. The phenomenal blend and perfect intonation elevate this recording above others in its category. --Barbara Eisner Bayer

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Bright Day Star: Music for the Yuletide Season

Bright Day Star: Music for the Yuletide Season Lowest new price: $10.98
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Bright Day Star by The Baltimore Consort

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