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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 acquaintances, inquisitive or ignorant, newcomers or connoisseurs – Naxos has a perfect gift for each and every one of them!


Christmas Music


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

The Vasari Singers’ annual carol concerts always provide a warming blend of traditional favourites and less well-known music from all periods and styles. Here, joyous and masterful 16th-century polyphony sits alongside eternally popular Victorian carols, and exquisitely crafted settings by Howells and Walford Davies join works as recent as Gabriel Jackson’s The Christ-child. Bob Chilcott magically superimposes traditional carols with entrancing new material, and no Vasari Christmas would be complete without some close harmony Swingle singing. The Vasari Singers have also recorded Gabriel Jackson’s Requiem (8.573049).

JOY TO THE WORLD
various artists
8.557160

Christmas carols, whether from our own time or centuries past, are a perfect reflection of the warmth and homely intimacy of the season. This rich and varied collection includes carols from all over the world, illustrating the amazing diversity of a genre originally rooted in the medieval dance. It is performed here by a selection of the finest cathedral choirs.

A CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY – In Terra Pax
Doyle, Williams, City of London Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, Wetton
8.572102

Performances of carols both ancient and modern have become central to the celebration of Christmas. The choral music on this disc includes Holst’s surprisingly neglected Christmas Day, as well as music by Leighton, Joubert, Mathias, Gardner and Rutter. The nostalgic mood of Howells’s evergreen carol-anthems is echoed in Finzi’s In terra pax, which recalls the pealing of bells at midnight on a frosty Christmas Eve. The City of London Choir, which enjoys an enviable reputation as a ‘leader among nonprofessional choruses’ (The Times), makes its Naxos début with this delightful recording.

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

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Admired for the sheer beauty of his meditative and mystical music, John Tavener writes of his Ex Maria Virgine, which was dedicated to HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall in joyful celebration of their marriage: “I have set both familiar and less well known texts, and linked them with an expanding and contracting phrase ‘Ex Maria Virgine’. This refers to Mary the Mother of God—‘The Eternal Feminine’—and should be sung with great radiance and femininity.” The other, mainly unaccompanied, works reveal Tavener’s response to various poetic texts that also praise the Virgin Mary.

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

 

Handel’s most popular and joyous oratorio, a work of unfailing melodic invention and dramatic expressiveness, has become almost a British national institution, regularly performed by all manner of choirs and orchestras. This new recording provides the only modern re-construction of Handel’s unique London performances in 1751, when he used boy treble voices not only for the choruses but for the arias as well. It is both a celebration of the British chapel choir tradition and a window onto a particular time and place in the history of Handel’s own performances of his masterpiece.


For Children and Youths


My First Classical Music Album
8.578203
My First Piano Album
8.578207
My First Violin Album
8.578215

My First Mozart Album
8.578204
My First Beethoven Album
8.578206
My First Tchaikovsky Album
8.578214

My First Ballet Album
8.578205
My First Lullaby Album
8.578213

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For Connoisseurs

2012 Highlight Releases

BEETHOVEN Der glorreiche Augenblick
8.572783
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique
8.572886
DELIUS A Mass of Life
8.572861-62

MAHLER Symphony No. 1
8.572207
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5
8.573029
RAVEL Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
8.572887
RIHM Complete Works for Violin and Piano
8.572730
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Nos. 2 and 15
8.572708
PATER NOSTER (The King's Singers)
8.572987


Boxed Sets

Great Opera [10-CD Box Set]
8.501054
Great Ballet [10-CD Box Set]
8.501055
Great Piano Concertos [10-CD Box Set]
8.501056

Great Romantic Symphonies [10-CD Box Set]
8.501057
Great Violin Concertos [10-CD Box Set]
8.501058
Great Russian Symphonies [10-CD Box Set]
8.501059

Great Classical Symphonies [10-CD Box Set]
8.501060
Great Baroque Masterpieces [10-CD Box Set]
8.501061
Great Sacred Masterpieces [10-CD Box Set]
8.501062

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