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Season’s greetings! Christmas is a time for giving and for sharing special moments with family and friends. Be they children or parents, best friends or new acquaintances, inquisitive newcomers or well-versed connoisseurs – Naxos has a perfect gift for each and every one of them!

Read on for details of our new recordings and other recommended releases, or click here to go to the complete Naxos Christmas Catalogue.
Brass Septet Music - BACH, J.S. / HANDEL, G.F. / RACHMANINOV, S. / WARLOCK, P. (Christmas with Septura)
8.573719
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Christmas with Septura
J.S. BACH • HANDEL • RACHMANINOV • WARLOCK

Septura

Brass instruments are almost a Christmas cliché: synonymous with the celebration, but perhaps not with the wealth of great music that it has inspired. Septura sets out to rectify this, re-imagining for brass septet the Christmas offerings of the greatest composers of the past 450 years. Pushing the combinations and colours of the septet to the limits, the result is a virtuosic and varied selection of festive favourites.

Listen to an arrangement of Cornelius' The 3 Kings


WHITBOURN, J.: Missa Carolae / Choral Music for Christmas
8.573715
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James WHITBOURN (b. 1963)
Carolae
Music for Christmas

Eric Rieger, Tenor
Daryl Robinson, Organ
Westminster Williamson Voices
James Jordan

James Whitbourn is a GRAMMY® nominated composer whose music is internationally admired for its direct connection with performers and audiences, The Observer describing him as ‘a truly original communicator in modern British choral music’. Carolæ is a fusion of two great American and English Christmas traditions, with the Missa carolæ at its heart. Whitbourn’s love of medieval musical language is shown through his crafting of original melody and skilful arrangements of seasonal favourites.

Listen to an extract from James Whitbourn's Hodie

Listen to Raymond Bisha's podcast about this release


My First Christmas Album
8.578340
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‘My First’ Christmas Album
Various Artists

Can you imagine Christmas without music? No singing, no jingling. Only Scrooge would be happy with that! It is a time for music to fill the air. Part of the fun is hearing things that are only played at Christmas and at no other time of year – carols that make you think of the end of term, or the holidays, or bobble hats; songs that make you think of food, or snow, or stockings. Here are some of the most popular carols, as well as some other surprises… Merry Christmas!

Listen to an arrangement of Johnny Marks'
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


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8.573421
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The Wonder of Christmas
Michael Bloss, Organ
Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison

“…the Elora Festival Singers prove worthy of their world-class reputation. Naxos has always repaid their artistry with sound of the highest order, and so it proves here. Noel Edison and his singers should be commended for giving us such a worthwhile Christmas gift.”
Classical Net

Listen to an excerpt from Stuart Thompson's
The Holly and the Ivy



8.573316
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CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Evangélion
Alessandro Marangoni

“Alessandro Marangoni reveals himself as a great artist with musical and poetic sensibility, technical clarity and a total affinity with the composer.”
Musica ★★★★★

Listen to an excerpt from
Part I, "The Infancy": No. 2. The Nativity



8.573227
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WARLOCK, P.: Choral Music
The Carice Singers, Parris

“It’s good to have so many of Warlock’s choral settings on one disc, sensitively performed by this technically confident group of singers…a very valuable collection.”
BBC Music Magazine

Listen to Peter Warlock's
The Sycamore Tree



8.573260
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MISSA CONCEPTIO TUA
Medieval and Renaissance Music for Advent

Schola Antiqua of Chicago, M.A. Anderson

“This is a CD whose music first anticipates and then, in the concluding carols, celebrates the birth of the Christ child – a very apt seasonal presentation with essentially a single focus on love and redemption.”
Infodad.com

Listen to an extract from
There Is No Rose of Swych Vertu (anon.)



8.573030
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CHRISTMAS CHORAL MUSIC – A Winter’s Light
Vasari Singers, Ford, Backhouse

“This is a handsome Christmas anthology that has something for everyone. The Vasaris, in short, don’t just wish you a Merry Christmas. They do everything they can to make one happen.”
American Record Guide


8.572744
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CHRISTMAS ORCHESTRAL MUSIC
Another Night Before Christmas and Scrooge

Royal Ballet Sinfonia, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Simon Callow, G. Sutherland

“In sum, a good stocking-filler or cockle-warmer, and a lot more appealing than Christmas telly.”
MusicWeb International


8.570131-32
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HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah (1751 Version)
Oxford New College Choir, Academy of Ancient Music, Higginbottom

“Throughout the performance, which is superbly recorded, the feeling is one of freshness, and this recording has the strongest recommendation, quite irrespective of price.”
Penguin Guide


8.572168
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TAVENER, J.: Ex Maria Virgine
Clare College Choir, Brown

“Ex Maria Virgine, a sequence of texts associated with the Virgin Mary, sharply contradicts the lazy line that all Tavener sounds the same: it doesn’t! Compare, for example, his ecstatic setting of ‘Ding! Dong! Merrily on high’ with his ‘Rocking Carol’. An unmissable budget release.”
Classic FM ★★★★★


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