Monday, December 30, 2013


NOËLS CELTIQUES
Celtic Christmas Music from Brittany
Ensemble Choral du Bout du Monde

Green Linnet

TO DRIVE THE COLD WINTER AWAY
Christmas Revels in Renaissance England
The Dufay Collective

Dufay

MISSA "HODIE CHRISTUS NATUS EST"
Christmas Mass in Rome
Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Paul McCreesh, director

Archiv

A WINTER'S SOLSTICE II
Windham Hill Artists

Windham Hill

A WINTER'S SOLSTICE IV
Windham Hill Artists

Windham Hill

CELTIC CHRISTMAS III
A Windham Hill Sampler
Various Artists

Windham Hill

Sunday, December 29, 2013


TRADITIONAL & MODERN CAROLS
The Pro Arte Singers
Paul Hillier, director

Harmonia Mundi

CHRISTMAS
The Moosburg Gradual of 1360
Capella Antiqua München
Niederaltaicher Scholaren

Konrad Ruhland, director

SEON - Sony

A TOOLBOX CHRISTMAS
Woody Philips

Gourd Music

Saturday, December 28, 2013


IN NATALI DOMINI
Medieval Christmas Songs
Niederaltaicher Scholaren
Konrad Ruhland, director

Sony Classical

Friday, December 27, 2013


UNDERCURRENT
Bill Evans
Jim Hall


Blue Note

SYMPHONY NO.5
NORFOLK RHAPSODY NO.1
THE LARK ASCENDING
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Sarah Chang, violin
The London Philharmonic
Bernard Haitink, conductor

EMI

THE NEW POSSIBILITY
Guitar Soli Christmas Album
John Fahey

Takoma

HI-FIDELITY HOLIDAY
A Holiday Compilation in Stereo
Various Artists

Starbucks/EMI

KENTUCKY CHRISTMAS
Old and New
Jean Ritchie
with Hesperus and Friends

Greenhays

A BAROQUE CHRISTMAS
Heinrich Schütz, Henry Purcell, Andrea Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi, Michael Praetorious
Heinrich Schütz Choir
Paul Esswood, Ian Partridge, Stafford Dean, soloists
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Camden Wind Ensemble
Charles Spinks, organ
Sir Roger Norrington, conductor

London

THE VERY BEST OF CHRISTMAS JAZZ
Various Artists

Verve

A WAVERLY CONSORT CHRISTMAS
From East Anglia to Appalachia
Waverly Consort
Rosamund Morley, soprano
Michael Jaffee, director

Virgin Veritas

WEIHNACHTSORATORIUM BWV 248
Christmas Oratorio
Johann Sebastian Bach
Theo Adam, Peter Schreier, Annelies Burmeister, Arleen Auger
Dresdner Kreuzchor, Dresdner Philharmonie
Martin Flämig, conductor

Berlin Classics

THIRD CHRISTMAS MASS
Gregorian Chant
Monks' Choir of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Martin, Beuron
Fr. Maurus Pfaff, director

Deutsche Grammophon

Thursday, December 26, 2013


A RENAISSANCE CHRISTMAS
The Boston Camerata
Joel Cohen, director

Nonesuch

CHRISTMAS WITH SONOS
Sonos Handbell Ensemble
James Meredith, music director

Well-Tempered Productions

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
Vince Guaraldi Trio

Fantasy

CELTIC CHRISTMAS
Windham Hill Sampler
Various Artists

Windham Hill

A MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS
The Boston Camerata
Joel Cohen, director

Nonesuch

LUTHERAN MASS FOR CHRISTMAS MORNING
Michael Praetorius
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Boys Choir and Congregational Choir of Roskilde Cathedral
Paul McCreesh, director

Archiv

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013


SING WE NOW OF CHRISTMAS
Six Centuries of European Christmas Music
The Christmas Revels
John Langstaff, director

Revel Records

A CHRISTMAS CELTIC SOJOURN
WGBH Compilation
Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band, Bonnie Rideout, Sheena Wellington, Steve Schuch and The Night Heron Consort, Aine Minogue, John Renbourn, Dordan, Revels, Ensemble Choral Du Bout Du Monde, Dordan, Boys Of The Lough, Nowell Sing We Clear, Waterson:Carthy, Connie Dover

GBH/Rounder

Friday, December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013


AQUITANIA
Christmas Music from Aquitarian Monasteries (12th century)
Sequentia
Benjamin Bagby & Barbara Thornton, directors

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi

THE NEW POSSIBILITY
John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album
John Fahey

Takoma

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


THE MASQUE OF BRUMA
Golau Glau

Bandcamp

BETHLEHEM AFTER DARK
Butch Thompson, piano
Laura Sewell, cello

Daring Records

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR SOLO GUITAR
Charlie Byrd

DRG via Columbia

HARK!
Richard Stoltzman
Eddie Gomez, Dave Samuels, Bill Douglas, Jeremy Wall
Boys Choir of Harlem

RCA Victor

Monday, December 16, 2013


HOME TO THANKSGIVING
Songs of Thanks and Praise
Theatre of Voices, His Majestie's Clerkes, Andrew Lawrence-King, The Pro Arte Singers
Paul Hillier, director

Harmonia Mundi

THE FEAST OF FOOLS
La Fête des Fous – Das Narrenfest
New London Consort
Philip Pickett, director

L'Oiseau-Lyre

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013


WASSAIL! WASSAIL!
Early American Christmas Music
Christmas Revels
with Jean Ritchie & Robert J. Lurtsema
John Langstaff, dir.

Revel Records

Friday, December 13, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013


VOX SACRE
Various Sources
Anonymous 4    
Ensemble Organum
; Marcel Pérès, director
Soeur Marie Keyrouz    

Harmonia Mundi

ETERNAL FIRE
Bach Choruses
Johann Sebastian Bach
Monteverdi Choir
John Elliot Gardiner, director

Soli Deo Gloria

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
British Composers
Serenade to Music; The Lark Ascending; Fantasia on Greensleeves; English Folk Song Suite; In the Fen Country; Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
Ralph Vaughan Williams
London Symphony Orchestra
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Sir Adrian Boult, conductor

EMI

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013


FRATRES
Six different versions, plus Summa, Festina Lente, and Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Arvo Pärt
I Fiamminghi
Rudolf Werthen, conductor

Telarc