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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 of our 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
Christmas with Septura
J.S. BACH • HANDEL • RACHMANINOV • WARLOCK

Septura

“…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

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

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

“This is a Christmas CD to pull out when one wishes to be swept away by the grandeur of the season … Warmly recommended.”
Fanfare

Listen to an extract from James Whitbourn's Hodie

My First Christmas Album
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


Also Highly Recommended
“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
8.573421
The Wonder of Christmas
Elora Festival Singers • Edison
Bloss • Elora
“…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
8.573227
WARLOCK, P.:
Choral Music

Haworth • 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
Missa Conceptio Tua
School Antiqua of Chicago
“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
A Winter’s Light
Vasari Singers • 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
  Listen to Bob Chilcott's Rejoice and be merry
8.572744
Another Night Before Christmas and Scrooge
Narrated by Simon Callow

RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Royal Ballet Sinfonia • Sutherland
“In sum, a good stocking-filler or cockle-warmer, and a lot more appealing than Christmas telly.”
MusicWeb International
  Listen to an extract from Bryan Kelly's Scrooge
8.570131-32
HANDEL, G.F.:
Messiah (1751 Version)

Academy of Ancient Music • Choir of New College Oxford • 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
  Listen to an extract from Part II:
Let us break their bonds asunder
8.572168
TAVENER, J.:
Ex Maria Virgine

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge • 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 ★★★★★
  Listen to an extract from
Ex Maria Virgine:
Ding! Dong! Merrily on high


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