Simply the Best Christmas Album

Simply the Best Christmas Album

CD

Overview

This album's bold claim to be Simply the Best Christmas Album may be overstating things a bit, but you do have to admit that it's indeed a stellar collection. First of all, there's no shortage of music here. The album weighs in at a whopping 36 tracks spread across two discs. Secondly, if you have a taste for classical music, you'll savor the music here. With few exceptions, Simply the Best Christmas Album sticks with classical and nothing but classical. Plus, it's not just generic classical but rather some of the better classical performers of the late 20th century. It's also nice to see a few moments like Natalie Cole's "Holly and the Ivy" mixed in as well to help bring a sense of surprise and variety to the album.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2001
Label: Erato
UPC: 0685738835126
catalogNumber: 88351

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis)  (02:17)
  2. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Second Cantata: Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe

    1. Second Cantata: Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe  (02:42)
  3. A Spotless Rose, for chorus  (03:17)
  4. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)  (03:14)
  5. O Joyful Children  (02:50)
  6. Festive Cheer, Christmas medley for brass  (06:36)
  7. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Glory to God

    1. Glory to God  (02:12)
  8. Concerto Il riposo, concerto per il Santissimo Natale, for violin, strings & continuo in E major, RV 270: 1st movement

    1. 1st movement  (03:49)
  9. Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra, "O Holy Night"  (03:30)
  10. À la venue de Noël, for organ (Nouveau Livre de Noëls No. 1)  (04:01)
  11. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass  (04:08)
  12. Jesus the Light of the World (American)  (03:17)
  13. In Dulci Jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)  (03:50)
  14. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Fourth Cantata: Fallt mit Danken, fallte mit Loben

    1. Fourth Cantata: Fallt mit Danken, fallte mit Loben  (06:04)
  15. Glory to Christmas (Russian)  (03:42)

Disc 2

  1. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Miniature Overture

    1. Miniature Overture  (03:03)
  2. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: March

    1. March  (02:50)
  3. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy

    1. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy  (02:07)
  4. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Trepak, Russian Dance

    1. Trepak, Russian Dance  (01:09)
  5. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Dance of the Reeds

    1. Dance of the Reeds  (03:12)
  6. Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)  (02:17)
  7. Christmas Stays the Same  (03:01)
  8. O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)  (02:31)
  9. Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8: 3rd movement

    1. 3rd movement  (05:59)
  10. A Christmas Carol, song for voice & piano, S. 228 (K. 6B27d)  (02:25)
  11. Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Intermezzo from L'arlésienne Suite No. 2/6, arranged by Ernest Guirard)  (03:04)
  12. O Little Town of Bethlehem  (03:23)
  13. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)  (01:38)
  14. Entre le boeuf et l'âne gris (Oxen and asses stand around)  (03:19)
  15. Cantata No. 63, "Christen, ätzet diesen Tag," BWV 63 (BC A8): 1st movement, Coro: Christen, ätzet diesen Tag

    1. 1st movement, Coro: Christen, ätzet diesen Tag  (05:18)
  16. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (from Meet Me in St. Louis, film)  (02:17)
  17. The Holly and the Ivy (English)  (04:08)
  18. The Little Road to Bethlehem  (03:27)
  19. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Third Cantata: Schliesse, mein Herze

    1. Third Cantata: Schliesse, mein Herze  (04:51)
  20. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: 2nd movement

    1. 2nd movement  (03:00)
  21. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah

    1. Hallelujah  (03:39)

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