The 50 Most Essential Christmas Masterpieces

Release Date: 10/25/2011
Catalog Number: 103
Number of Discs: 3

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Another very affordable playlist from X5 Music Group, this holiday set features selections from the Nutcracker ballet, Handel's Messiah, and Bach's Brandenburg Concertos along with dozens of traditional carols and seasonal hymns, and at almost six hours in length, it makes the perfect backdrop soundtrack for a Christmas gathering.

- Steve Leggett, All Music Guide
Works on This Recording
1. A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Klaus Arp
Period: 20th Century
2. Meet Me in St. Louis: Have yourself a merry little Christmas by Hugh Martin
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; USA
3. Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Period: Romantic
Written: 19th Century ; USA
4. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Period: Romantic
5. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English) by Traditional
Period: Classical
Written: by 1833 ; England
6. Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1609 ; Germany
7. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Period: Classical
Written: 1818 ; Austria
8. Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; France
9. Lux aurumque by Eric Whitacre
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2000 ; USA
10. How Far Is It to Bethlehem? (Children's Song of the Nativity) (Tune: Stowey) (English) by Geoffrey Shaw
11. Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; England
12. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Germany
13. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Emmy Verhey (Violin)
Conductor: Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Camerata Antonio Lucio
Period: Baroque
Written: 1725 ; Venice, Italy
14. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Emmy Verhey (Violin)
Conductor: Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Camerata Antonio Lucio
Period: Baroque
Written: 1725 ; Venice, Italy
15. O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; France
16. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 10, Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Period: Baroque
Written: 1734-1735 ; Leipzig, Germany
17. L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: L'adieu des bergers by Hector Berlioz
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Period: Romantic
Written: 1850-1854 ; France
18. Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Dona nobis pacem by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Period: Baroque
Written: 1747-1749 ; Leipzig, Germany
19. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble: Musica Antiqua New York
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Vienna, Austria
20. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble: Musica Antiqua New York
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Vienna, Austria
21. Panis angelicus by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: Musica Antiqua New York
22. Les saisons, Op. 37b: no 12, Décembre "Noël" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Michael Ponti (Piano)
Period: Romantic
23. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 1a, Act 1 - Miniature Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Heribert Beissel
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
24. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 1b, Act 1 - Decorating the Christmas Tree by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Heribert Beissel
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
25. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 2, March by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Heribert Beissel
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
26. Nutcracker, Op. 71: In the Christmas Tree by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Heribert Beissel
27. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 9, Act 1 - Waltz of the Snowflakes by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Heribert Beissel
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
28. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12a, Act 2 - Spanish Dance "Chocolate" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Heribert Beissel
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
29. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 5, Arabian Dance "Coffee" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Heribert Beissel
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
30. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12c, Act 2 - Chinese Dance "Tea" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Heribert Beissel
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
31. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 4, Trépak by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Heribert Beissel
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
32. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 7, Dance of the Reeds by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Heribert Beissel
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
33. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 13, Act 2 - Waltz of the Flowers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Heribert Beissel
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
34. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 3, Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Heribert Beissel
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
35. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque
Written: 1723 ; Leipzig, Germany
36. Gloria: Gloria in excelsis deo by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Period: Baroque
Written: 1715 ; Italy
37. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 8 in G minor "Christmas" by Arcangelo Corelli
Period: Baroque
Written: 1708-1712 ; Rome, Italy
38. Orgelbüchlein: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 633 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Susanne Doll (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1715 ; Weimar, Germany
39. Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048: Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: David Parry
Period: Baroque
Written: 1711-1713 ; ?Weimar, Germany
40. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Conductor: David Parry
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
41. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Conductor: David Parry
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
42. Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: David Parry
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742 ; London, England
43. Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: David Parry
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742 ; London, England
44. Christmas Medley by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: Caffé Concerto Ensemble
45. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Period: Classical
Written: by 1782 ; England
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