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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 to classical music or well-versed connoisseurs – Naxos has a perfect gift for each and every one of them!

Read on for details of some recommended releases (including CDs, DVDs and audiobooks) from both Naxos and our affiliated labels, or click here to go to the complete Naxos Christmas Catalogue.

Audio recordings
“…if you like a shot of brass to set the festive ambiance, this new anthology by Septura, an elite group drawing on the finest players in London,
is just the ticket.”
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★
  Listen to an arrangement of Cornelius' The 3 Kings
NEW RELEASE
  Listen to an extract from Heute ist Christus der Herr geboren
by Heinrich Schütz
8.573421
The Wonder of Christmas
Elora Festival Singers • Edison • Bloss
“…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
8.572102
In Terra Pax
A Christmas Anthology

Doyle • Williams
City of London Choir
Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra • Wetton
“It’s not often I get into the spirit of Christmas, but a new recording of Finzi’s In Terra Pax is something to be celebrated and shared. The City of London Choir’s disc superbly catches the visionary quality of this music.”
Gramophone
  Listen to an extract from In terra pax, Christmas Scene by Gerald Finzi
8.578340
‘My First’ Christmas Album
Various Artists
“ ... a disc of palpable hits in terms of music and performance …”
MusicWeb International
  Listen to an arrangement of Johnny Marks'
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
ODE1180-2D
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.:
The Nutcracker

Russian National Orchestra • Pletnev
“Tchaikovsky’s magical story comes to life as Pletnev reasserts his reputation as an outstanding ballet conductor. The delightfully detailed playing from the orchestra brings these enchanting characters to life, in a well paced, elegant narrative.”
Classic FM
  Listen to an extract from Act I:
Waltz of the Snowflakes
SWR19015CD
Songs of Heaven
Britten • Pärt • Kaminski • Poulenc

SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart • Creed
“The Southwest German Radio singers perform flawlessly in all these selections. Creed not only leads his forces with conviction, but has created a program that plays very convincingly with ample contrast between selections.”
American Record Guide
  Listen to an extract from
Poulenc’s Quem vidistis pastores dicite
CDS7681
The Christmas Story
Huang • Kim
“Perfect music for wrapping presents and setting the mood on Christmas Eve.”
new-classics.co.uk
  Listen to an arrangement of Away in a manger
  Listen to an arrangement of
O Tannenbaum
OC1876
GRAUN, C.H.:
Christmas Oratorio

Arcis-Vocalisten Munich
Baroque Orchestra L'arpa Festante • Gropper
“The performance of this work is excellent. The playing by L’arpa festante is, as expected, excellent ... with Thomas Gropper choosing just the right tempos to keep the music lively.”
Fanfare
  Listen to an extract from
Die Sterblichkeit gebiert das Leben
Audiobooks
A Christmas Carol is the best-known and best-loved of Dickens’ ‘Christmas Books’, and the story of the miser Scrooge’s redemption has become as much part of the Christmas tradition as plum pudding and carols themselves. Will Tiny Tim live to see another Christmas? Can Scrooge recover his humanity and learn to love the fellow men he seems to despise? Dickens will make you laugh and make you cry as you follow Scrooge’s supernatural adventures on Christmas Eve…
Charles Dickens was a major contributor to the Victorian romantic revival of Christmas traditions. With their heart, humour and good morals, Dickens’s Christmas stories have made the author’s name synonymous with the season. Here we present four charming novellas to complete his series that began with A Christmas Carol, with echoes of sleigh bells throughout. The stories include The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life and The Haunted Man.
Here, Christmas is expounded by divines, sung by rustics, deplored by philosophers and made mystical in stories. This collection includes complete versions of old favourites and new discoveries: a sermon by Lancelot Andrewes, an account of Christmas under the Puritans, a first, poverty-stricken Christmas in turn-of-the-century New York and a Mummers’ play. Adding the final touch is the music: from traditional Christmas carols and Corelli to Benjamin Britten.
DVD recordings
2.110512
Christmas with Winchester College Chapel Choir
Macliver • Hong Kong
Philharmonic Orchestra • Lacey


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