ArkivMusic Newsletter

Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

Thanksgiving is late this year, and Hanukkah is early, but one thing's for sure: if it's November, it's time to start thinking about holiday music. At ArkivMusic, we're here to help you find what you need to set just the right mood, including new releases from Canadian Brass and Joshua Bell, longtime favorites from John Rutter and Chanticleer, and some unusual choices to spice things up.

Here are a few of our top seasonal picks, starting with two discs that go well with turkey and cranberry sauce:

Simple Gifts / Fullington, The Tudor Choir
A fine recording of Shaker music and more, representing a solid, mainstream contribution to the modern American choral repertoire. $14.99

Shenandoah - Songs of the American Spirit
The music on this recording takes us on a tour of American historical touchstones as well as the emotions and experiences of everyday people. $14.99

Christmas Time is Here / Canadian Brass
Vince Guaraldi's beloved score for A Charlie Brown Christmas is the jumping off point for this brand-new disc of timeless music filled with the inimitable verve and humor that are the calling card of Canadian Brass. A new holiday classic that feels like home. $14.99

Musical Gifts / Joshua Bell & Friends
On his latest CD, Joshua Bell celebrates the holidays with musical friends who join in on songs that celebrate the warmth, beauty, and magic of the season. $10.29

Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Layton, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Trinity College Choir
A joyous rendition of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. James Gilchrist has become one of the most admired Evangelists performing today, his limpid, flexible tone and great musicianship bringing the stories thrillingly to life. $29.99 (2 CDs)

Carols from Clare / Rutter, Clare College Singers
These performances are a joy – they simply effervesce with enthusiasm. $9.99

A Steinway Christmas Album
Concert-hall worthy, and a classy addition to any round of holiday gatherings. Indeed, the intelligence and artistry are such that you can savor this album any time of year. $13.99

A String Quartet Christmas, Vols. 1-3
A simple string quartet brings out the natural beauty of the songs of Christmas in these audiophile recordings produced by John Marks. $24.99 (3 CDs)

Sing We Christmas / Joseph Jennings, Chanticleer
This classic Chanticleer Christmas album, recorded in a beautiful church in the old walled city of Kempen, represents many Western European traditions and a great variety of time periods, languages, and styles. A wonderful collection offering traditional and contemporary settings of holiday music. $13.99

A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols / Cleobury
Christmas in Britain really begins at 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve when the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is broadcast by BBC Radio direct from King's College Chapel in Cambridge. Hearing that wonderful descant on the middle verse of "O come, all ye faithful" we know, indeed, that Christmas has arrived. $9.99 (2 CDs)

Ave Maria / Vittorio Grigolo [Deluxe Version]
Vittorio Grigolo draws on his background as a chorister with the legendary Sistine Chapel Choir to bring a uniquely authentic approach to his intimate album of sacred music. $13.99

Best Carols 100
The perfect Christmas release: 6 CDs of the most famous carols. Among the vocal groups found here are Choir of King's College, Taverner Choir, King's Singers, and more. $21.99 (6 CDs)

The Christmas Album / The Vienna Boys' Choir
One of the world's most famous choirs offers up an eclectic mix of Christmas favorites. $7.99

Handel: Messiah / Battle, Quivar, Aler, Ramey, Davis
Sir Andrew Davis presents a real symphonic account which respects Handel's original conception. $9.99 (2 CDs)

Be sure to visit our holiday shop, where you can browse through our entire selection of music for the season, all on sale now.

As always, I thank you for your support and love of classical music.

The Arkiv Team