Simply The Best Christmas

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Review Text Providing over two hours of classical holiday favorites, the double-disc set Simply the Best Christmas Album may indeed live up to its name for classical music fans. The London Brass' "Festive Cheer" medley -- which includes "Sleigh Ride," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Jingle Bells," and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" -- is one of the instrumental highlights of the collection, along with Progetto Avanti's "Winter" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concertus Musicus Wien's "Glory to God" from Handel's Messiah. Standout vocal performances include Kiri Te Kanawa's "Silent Night," Placido Domingo's "Agnus Dei," Thomas Hampson's "Adeste Fideles," and Chanticleer's "A Christmas Carol." And while it may not be the best Christmas album for everyone, Simply the Best Christmas Album does provide plenty of holiday music for traditional tastes. ~ Heather Phares

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis) - 2:17
  2. 3. Spotless Rose, for chorus - 3:17
  3. 4. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night) - 3:14
  4. 5. O Joyful Children - 3:50
  5. 6. Festive Cheer, Christmas medley for brass - 7:36
  6. 9. Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night" - 4:30
  7. 10. À la venue de Noël, for organ (Nouveau Livre de Noëls No. 1) - 4:01
  8. 11. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass - 4:08
  9. 12. Jesus the Light of the World, hymn (American) - 3:17
  10. 13. In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones) - 4:50
  11. 15. Glory to Christmas (Russian) - 4:42
  1. 2. Second Cantata: Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe - 3:42
  2. 14. Fourth Cantata: Fallt mit Danken, fallte mit Loben - 6:04
  1. 7. Glory to God - 2:12
  1. 8. 1st movement - 4:49

CD: 2

  1. 16. Miniature Overture - 3:03
  2. 17. March - 3:50
  3. 18. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy - 2:07
  4. 19. Trepak, Russian Dance - 1:09
  5. 20. Dance of the Reeds - 3:12
  1. 21. Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22) - 2:17
  2. 22. Christmas Stays the Same - 3:01
  3. 23. O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German) - 3:31
  4. 25. Christmas Carol, song for voice & piano, S. 228 (K. 6B27d) - 2:25
  5. 26. Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Intermezzo from L'arlésienne Suite No. 2/6, arranged by Ernest Guirard) - 3:04
  6. 27. O Little Town of Bethlehem - 3:23
  7. 28. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English) - 2:38
  8. 29. Entre le boeuf et l'âne gris (Oxen and asses stand around) - 3:19
  9. 31. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis) - 2:17
  10. 32. Holly and the Ivy (English) - 4:08
  11. 33. Little Road to Bethlehem - 3:27
  1. 24. 3rd movement - 6:59
  1. 30. 1st movement, Coro: Christen, ätzet diesen Tag - 5:18
  1. 34. Third Cantata: Schliesse, mein Herze - 5:51
  1. 35. 2nd movement - 3:00
  1. 36. Hallelujah - 4:39

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8/21/01 

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