WCRB Classical New England Holiday Channel Playlist

 

The WCRB Classical New England Holiday Channel brings you the sounds of the season, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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Hour One
with Laura Carlo

Laura Carlo

 


Joy to The World
John Fahey, guitar
Christmas Guitar, Vol. 1
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William Billings: A Virgin Unspotted
Handel & Haydn Society / Harry Christophers
Joy to the World: An American Christmas
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Vaughan Williams: Prelude from Hodie
Boston Pops, Tanglewood Festival Chorus / Keith Lockhart
Boston Pops Christmas Live from Symphony Hall
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Trad. Italian: Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle
Luciano Pavarotti
Christmas All Over the World
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Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E, "Il Riposo-Per il Natale" RV 270: I
La Pieta / Angèle Dubeau
Noël
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Trad. Italian: Dormi, Dormi
Bach Choir of Bethlehem / Greg Funfgeld
A Child’s Christmas in Bethlehem
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Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E, "Il Riposo-Per il Natale" RV 270: II
La Pieta / Angèle Dubeau
Noël
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Trad. Italian: Gesu, Bambino
Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano; Kevin Murphy, piano
The Gifts of Christmas
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Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E, "Il Riposo-Per il Natale" RV 270: III
La Pieta / Angèle Dubeau
Noël
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Trad. French: Entre Le Boeuf Et L'âne Gris
Arsys Bourgogne / Pierre Cao
Christmas Songs Around the World
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Trad. French, arr. Lawson: Noël nouvelet
King’s Singers
King’s Singers Christmas
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Branle gay/Branle De Poictou/Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabella/Patapan
Renaissonics
Carols for Dancing
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Trad. French: Quelle Est Cette Odeur Agréable
Chanticleer / Joseph Jennings
Sing We Christmas
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Trad. /J.S. Bach: Ding Dong! Merrily On High/Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
The Steinway Christmas Album
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Virgil Thomson: Oh My Deir Heart
Gregg Smith Singers
Heaven Is Music
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Goss, arr. Willcocks: See Amidst The Winter’s Snow
Ben Heppner, Toronto Children’s Chorus
Along the Road to Bethlehem
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Hugh Martin: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Copley Singers / Brian Jones
I Wonder As I Wander Out Under the Sky
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Hour Two
with Anthony Trecek-King, Director of the Boston Children's Chorus and host of Together in Song

Anthony Trecek-King

 

Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Simon Preston, organ / David Willcocks
Essential Carols - The Very Best of King's College Choir, Cambridge
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Linda Marcu: Ha'Neirot Ha'Lalu
Boston Children’s Chorus / Anthony Trecek-King
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Bruckner: Ave Maria
London Oriana Choir / Leon Lovett
In Dulci Jubilo: Music for Advent & Christmas
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Rutter: Gloria: I – Allegro Vivace
Cambridge Singers / John Rutter
Gloria - The Sacred Music Of John Rutter
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Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
The Sixteen Orchestra / Harry Christophers

Arr. Norman Luboff: Still, Still, Still
Washington Chorus, National Capital Brass & Percussion / Julian Wachner
Christmas with the Washington Chorus
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Morton Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
Handel & Haydn Society / Grant Llewellyn
Peace: A Choral Album for Our Time
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Winter (from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons)
Gabriela Montero, piano
Baroque
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Trad. American Spiritual: Glory, Glory To The Newborn King
Chanticleer / Joseph Jennings
Sing We Christmas
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Bach: In Dulci Jubilo
Newman-Oltman Guitar Duo
A Christmas Pastorale
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Steve Heitzig: Little Tree
Santa Fe Desert Chorale / Linda Mack
Christmas in Santa Fe
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Trad. French, arr. Stephen Jackson: Noël nouvelet
Gloucester Cathedral Choir
I Saw Three Ships
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Daniel Gawthrop: Mary Speaks
Boston Children’s Chorus / Anthony Trecek-King
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Thomas Hewitt Jones: A Christmas Cracker
Chamber Orchestra of London / Oliver Lallemant
Thomas Hewitt Jones: Incarnation
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I Am Home
Young People’s Chorus of New York City
Coolside of Yuletide
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Goss, arr. Willcocks: See Amidst The Winter’s Snow
Ben Heppner, Toronto Children’s Chorus
Along the Road to Bethlehem
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Hour Three
with Brian McCreath

Brian McCreath

 

Vince Guaraldi: Skating
Canadian Brass
Christmas Time Is Here
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Emil Waldtuefel: Skater’s Waltz. Op. 183
Johann Strauss Orchestra of Vienna / Norbert Neukamp
Ballroom Classics
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Joni Mitchell: River
Swingle Singers
…unwrapped
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Leontovich: Carol of the Bells
Handel & Haydn Society / Harry Christophers
Joy To the World: An American Christmas
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Bach: Bach: Magnificat In D, BWV 243 - 1. Magnificat Anima Mea
Munich Bach Orchestra & Chorus / Karl Richter
Bach: Cantata No. 140 & Magnificat
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Arr. Blanchette: Hark The Herald Angels Sing/Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant/Gavotte (Bach)
Peter Blanchette, archguitar
Archguitar Christmas
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Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, from Cantata No. 147
Angela Hewitt, piano
Bach Arrangements
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Charles Pachelbel: Magnificat
Columbus Consort / Joseph Pettit
Christmas in Early America
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Johann Pachelbel: Canon
Gabriela Montero, piano
Baroque
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Trad: Vom Himmel Hoch, Da Komm Ich Her (From Heaven On High)
Vienna Boys Choir
Christmas with the Vienna Boys Choir
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Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel Prelude
Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
A Song of Christmas
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Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
Polyphony / Stephen Layton
A Christmas Present From Polyphony
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Adam: O Holy Night
Joshua Bell, violin; Kristin Chenoweth, soprano
Musical Gifts From Joshua Bell & Friends
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Trad. There is No Rose
St. Martin’s Chamber Choir / Timothy J. Krueger
A Marian Christmas
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Praetorius: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Turtle Island String Quartet
By the Fireside
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Trad., arr Robert De Cormier: Baloo Lammy
De Cormier Singers / Robert DeCormier
Christmas Eve
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Hour Four
with Harry Christophers, Artistic Director of the Handel and Haydn Society

 

Harry Christophers

 

Trad. French: Angels We Have Heard on High
Handel & Haydn Society / Harry Christophers
Joy To the World: An American Christmas
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Trad: Riu, Riu, Chiu
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers
Christmas Music from Medieval and Renaissance Europe
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Trad: Masters In This Hall
Yolanda Kondanassis, harp
Dream Season – The Christmas Harp
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Britten: A Hymn To the Virgin
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers
A Mother's Love - Music For Mary
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Charles Ives: A Christmas Carol
Handel & Haydn Society / Harry Christophers
Joy To the World: An American Christmas
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Trad. American Spiritual: Mary, Who You Gonna Call Your Pretty Little Baby
Jacqueline Schwab, piano
Down Came an Angel
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Trad. American Spiritual: Rise Up Shepherd, and Follow
Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano; Warren Jones, piano
Angels Watching Over Me
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Michael Head: The Little Road to Bethlehem
London Oriana Choir / Leon Lovett
In Dulci Jubilo – Music for Advent & Christmas
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Trad, arr Darryl Runswick: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
London Cello Sound with the Choir of Clare College
A Cello Christmas
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Anon: Orientus Partibus (From Orient Lands)
Ensemble for Early Music
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John Hopkins, Jr: We Three Kings
Sonos Handbell Ensemble / James Meredith
Christmas With Sonos
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Trad., arr Ralph Vaughn Williams: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Handel & Haydn Society / Harry Christophers
Joy To the World: An American Christmas
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Trad: Here we come a-wassailing
String Quartet Christmas
Rejoice! A String Quartet Christmas
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Trad. Gloucestershire Wassail/Somerset Wassail
Western Wind Vocal Ensemble
Holiday Light
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Arr. Blanchette: Sussex carol/Gaude Maria V. Gabrielum
Peter Blanchette, archguitar
Archguitar Christmas
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Trad: I Saw Three Ships
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers
Traditional Christmas Carol Collection
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Trad, arr. Chris Hazell: Pa fab yw hwnyn dyner roed (Greensleeves)
Bryn Terfel, baritone; Catrin Finch, harp
Bryn Terfel – Carols & Christmas Songs
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Thomas R. Watts: Cradle Hymn
Taverner Consort / Andrew Parrott
The Ultimate Classical Christmas Album of All Time
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James Bassi: Quem Pastores
Handel & Haydn Society / Harry Christophers
Joy To the World: An American Christmas
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Hour Five
with Alan McLellan

 

Alan McLellan

 

Trad., Dona Nobis Pacem
Christ Botti, trumpet; Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Songs Of Joy And Peace / Yo-Yo Ma & Friends
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Trad., Angels We Have Heard on High
Chanticleer
A Chanticleer Christmas
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Trad. Masters in this Hall
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers
Traditional Christmas Carol Collection Vol. 2
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Yatsynyetivitch: Bells Rang Early in Jerusalem
A New Joy – An Orthodox Christmas
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Paul Hillier
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Trad., Bells of Christmas
New England Brass Band
Christmas Around the World
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Anon. Glory in Cielo
Boston Camerata / Joel Cohen
A Mediterranean Christmas
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Trad., Patapan
James Galway, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Barry Griffiths
James Galway’s Christmas Carol
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Long, Long Ago
Copley Singers / Brian Jones
I Wonder As I Wander Out Under the Sky
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Respighi: Adoration of the Magi from Three Botticelli Pictures
Lausanne Chamber Orchestra / Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Respighi – Ancient Airs and Dances, Etc.
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Trad., Good King Wenceslas
Westminster Choir / Joseph Flummerfelt
Christmas Masterpieces & Familiar Carols
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Poulenc: Hodie Christus Natus Est
RIAS Chamber Choir / Hans-Christoph Rademann
Christmas! Noel! Weihnachten!
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Gruber: Silent Night
Ensemble Galilei
Surrounded by Angels
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Howells: A Spotless Rose
Polyphony / Stephen Layton
A Christmas Present from Polyphony
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Neal: In the Ending of the Year
Harvard University Choir / Murray Forbes Somerville
Carols from the Yard
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Trad., Drive the Cold Winter Away
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers
Christus Natus Est
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Trad., Old Year Now is Fled
Waverly Consort / Michael Jaffee
A Waverly Consort Christmas
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Houston: To All Good Children, a Happy New Year
Pro Arte Singers / Paul Hillier
Traditional and Modern Carols
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Hour Six
with Cathy Fuller

Cathy Fuller

 

Bizet: L'Arlesienne Suite, March of the Three Kings - Farandole
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra / Robert Shaw
Christmas With Robert Shaw
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Britten: Wolcom Yole! from A Ceremony of Carols
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge / David Willcocks
Britten: A Ceremony of Carols
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Trad: Huron Indian Carol
Yolanda Kondanassis, harp
Dream Season – The Christmas Harp
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Vivaldi, arr. Equilbey: Lux Aeterna (Winter)
Accentus / Laurence Equilbey
Transcriptions
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John Rutter: Shepherd’s Pipe Carol
City of London Sinfonia, Polyphony / Stephen Layton
Rutter: Music for Christmas
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Rutter: Dancing Day
Judy Loman, harp; Toronto Children’s Chorus / Jean Ashworth Bartle
Dancing Day
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Rutter: Nativity Carol
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
Hark!
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Rutter: There Is a Flower
Handel & Haydn Society / Harry Christophers
Joy To the World: An American Christmas
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Prokofiev: Troika, fr. Lt. Kije Suite
Sonos Handbell Ensemble / James Meredith
Christmas With Sonos
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James Pierpoint: The One Horse Open Sleigh (Jingle Bells)
Robert De Cormier Ensemble and Singers
A Victorian Christmas
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Leroy Anderson / Billy Gilman: Sleigh Ride
The Roches
We Three Kings
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Tchaikovsky: Trepak, fr. Nutcracker
Sonos Handbell Ensemble
A Very Classical Christmas
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Trad: Down Came An Angel
Jacqueline Schwab, piano
Down Came an Angel
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Veni, Veni Emmanuel
His Majesties Clerkes / Paul Hillier
Christmas Around The Country
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Michael Praetorious: Es Ist Ein’ Ros’ Entsprungen
Tallis Scholars / Peter Phillips
Christmas With the Tallis Scholars
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J.S. Bach: Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake) from Cantata No. 140
David Russell, guitar
David Russell Plays Bach
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Hour Seven
with James David Jacobs

James David Jacobs

 



Trad. French: Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella
Gregg Miner
Christmas Past: Holiday Harp Guitar Classics
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Trad., Deck the Hall
San Francisco Girls Chorus / Sharon Paul
A San Francisco Christmas
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Trishka: Calling the Children
Tony Trishka
Glory Shone Around – A Christmas Collection
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Handel: For Unto Us a Child is Born
Westminster Choir and Orch. / Joseph Flummerfelt
Christmas Masterpieces & Familiar Carols
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Manfredini: Christmas Concerto Grosso Op. 3, Number 12
Collegium Musicum 90 / Simon Standage
Christmas Concertos and Cantatas
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Trad., Christmas Day in da Mornin’
Baltimore Consort
Bright Day Star
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Trad., The Holly and the Ivy
DeCormier Singers / Robert DeCormier
Songs for Christmas Eve
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Arr. Sandstrom: Es ist Ein Ros’
Dale Warland Singers / Dale Warland
Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers
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Trad., Carol of the Birds/Fum Fum Fum/En Belen Tocan A Fuego
Peter Blanchette, archguitar
Archguitar Christmas
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Daniel Pinkham: Guardian Owl, fr. Nativity Madrigals
Albany Pro Musica
Christmas Around the Country (NPR)
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Trad., Huron Carol Interlude
La Pieta / Angèle Dubeau
Noël
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Niles: I Wonder as I Wander
Taverner Consort and Players; Emily Van Evera, soprano / Andrew Parrott
Carol Album 2
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John Tavener: The Lamb
King’s College Choir / Stephen Cleobury
A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
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Tchaikovsky: December from The Seasons
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
A Steinway Christmas Album
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Tchaikovsky: Medley from The Nutcracker
Joshua Bell and Friends.
Musical Gifts – Joshua Bell and Friends
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Corelli: Concerto Fatto per la Notte di Natale (Largo, from “Christmas Concerto”)
Ensemble Pantaleon
Pastorelle Con Salterio (Christmas Music for Dulcimer)
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Hour Eight
with Benjamin K. Roe

Benjamin K. Roe

 

Anon: March to Bethlehem / The Bethlehem March
Boston Camerata / Anne Azéma
commercially unavailable (concert recording by WCRB Classical New England)

Babatunde Olatunji: Betelehemu
Bach Choir of Bethlehem / Greg Funfgeld
A Child’s Christmas in Bethlehem
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Trad. Spiritual, arr. William L. Dawson: Mary Had A Baby
Cantus
Comfort and Joy, Vol. I
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Trad: Spiritual: The Negro Bell Carol
Morgan State University Choir / Nathan Carter
Christmas Around The Country
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Trad. Spiritual: Rise Up, Shepherd
King’s Singers
Christmas Around The Country
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Handel, arr. Montero: Hallelujah (from Messiah)
Gabriela Montero, piano
Baroque
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Gustav Holst/Leslie Woodgate: In The Bleak Midwinter
Chanticleer
Sing We Christmas
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Trad. Catalan, arr. Eric Thiman: Carol of the Birds
Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia / Peter Breiner
Instrumental Music for Christmas
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Trad. American, arr. Elizabeth Poston : Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
Vox / David Tang
A Carolina Christmas from the Biltmore Estate

Trad. American: The Cherry Tree Carol
Abigail Haynes Lennox, soprano; The Beggar Boys
A Carolina Christmas from The Biltmore Estate
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Mendelssohn: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Taverner Consort & Players / Andrew Parrott
The Promise of Ages - A Christmas Collection
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Torelli: Christmas Concerto In G Minor, Op. 8, No. 6
Collegium Mozart Salzburg / Jürgen Geise
A Christmas Concert
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Gruber: Silent Night
Handel & Haydn Society / Grant Llewellyn
All is Bright
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Away In The Manger (Flow Gently, Sweet Afton) - Polonessa Spoof
Ensemble Galilei
Surrounded by Angels
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Es Ist Ein Ros' entsprungen-Wir Singen Dir, Immanuel
Baltimore Consort
Christmas Around The Country
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Couperin: Les Barricades Mystérieuses
Tony McManus, guitar
Mysterious Boundaries
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J.S. Bach: Gloria Sei Dir Gesungen from Cantata No. 140
Munich Bach Orchestra & Chorus / Karl Richter
Bach: Cantata No. 140 & Magnificat
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In Dulci Jubilo
Renaissonics
Carols for Dancing
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Hour Nine
with Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops

Keith Lockhart

 

Mendelssohn: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Boston Pops, Tanglewood Festival Chorus / Keith Lockhart
Boston Pops Christmas Live from Symphony Hall
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Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the Snowflakes from The Nutcracker
Cincinnati Pops / Erich Kunzel
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (Highlights)
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Tchaikovsky: Miniature Overture from The Nutcracker
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
A Steinway Christmas Album
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Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker
Sonos Handbell Ensemble / Timothy Day
A Very Classical Christmas
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Tchaikovsky: Spanish Dance from The Nutcracker
New England Brass Band
Christmas Around the World
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Trad, arr. Chase: The Twelve Days of Christmas
Boston Pops, Tanglewood Festival Chorus / Keith Lockhart
Boston Pops Christmas Live from Symphony Hall
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Vivaldi, arr. Seidenberg: Thin Ice
Turtle Island String Quartet
A Windham Hill Retrospective
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Stoltzman: The Snowman
Richard Stoltzman / Kalmen Opperman
Dreams
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De la Monnoye: Patapan
E. Power Biggs, organ / Gregg Smith Singers
A Christmas Festival
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Three Christmas Spirituals (My Lord, What a Morning / Rise Up, Shepherd / Glory Hallelujah)
Melinda Doolittle / Boston Pops, Tanglewood Festival Chorus / Keith Lockhart
Boston Pops Christmas Live from Symphony Hall
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Rutter: What Sweeter Music
The Trinity Choir / Brian Jones
A Choral Christmas
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Coletti: Bach’s Bells
Canadian Brass
Christmas Time is Here
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Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Christmas in Bethleham
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Torme: The Christmas Song
Boston Pops, Tanglewood Festival Chorus / Keith Lockhart
Boston Pops Christmas Live from Symphony Hall
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