The 99 Most Essential Christmas Masterpieces (Amazon Exclusive)
 
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The 99 Most Essential Christmas Masterpieces (Amazon Exclusive)

November 25, 2009

$6.99
  Song Title Artist
Time
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1
A Christmas Festival Overture SWR Symphony Orchestra and Klaus Arp
7:17
2
O Come, O Come Emmanuel Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Robert Shaw
4:15
3
Angels We Have Heard on High Oxford St. Peter's Choir, Oxford St. Peter's Ensemble and Roger Allen
1:54
4
Motet in D Major for Choir and Orchestra, K. 618: Ave Verum Corpus Berlin Mozart Choir
2:53
5
Panis Angelicus Musica Antiqua New York
3:51
6
Christmas Medley: In notte placida - Tu scendi dalle stelle - O Tannenbaum - Splende una stella - Adeste fideles - Jingle bells - Silent Night - White Christmas Café Concerto
16:30
7
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Amor Artis Chamber Choir
4:14
8
We Wish You A Merry Christmas Oxford St. Peter's Choir, Oxford St. Peter's Ensemble and Roger Allen
3:10
9
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: I. Overture: Allegro giusto Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
1:42
10
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Scene: Allegro non troppo - Decorating and Lighting up the Christmas Tree Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
3:30
11
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: III. March: Tempo di marcia viva Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
2:27
12
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: V. Scene: Andante - Drosselmeyer's Gifts Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
4:22
13
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: IX. Scene: Andante - In the Christmas Tree Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
4:02
14
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: X. Scene and Waltz of the Snowflakes: Tempo di valse, ma con moto Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
6:44
15
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: XI. Scene: Andante - The Magic Castle on Candy Mountain Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
3:50
16
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: XII. Scene: Andante con moto - Clara and Prince Charming Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
5:01
17
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: Xiiia. Character Dances - Chocolate (Spanish Dance): Allegro Brillant Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
1:12
18
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: Xiiib. Character Dances - Coffee (Arabic Dance): Commodo Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
3:27
19
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: Xiiic. Character Dances - Tea (Chinese Dance): Allegro Moderato Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
1:02
20
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: Xiiid. Character Dances - Trepak (Russian Dance): Tempo Di Trepak, Molto Vivace Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
1:09
21
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: Xiiid. Character Dances - Dance Of The Reed Pipes: Andantino Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
2:22
22
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: Xiiid. Character Dances - Polchinelle (The Clown): Allegro Giocoso Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
2:34
23
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: XIV. Waltz of the Flowers: Tempo di valse Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
7:21
24
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: XVc. Pas de deux - Variation II: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
2:14
25
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: XVd. Pas de deux - Coda: Vivace assai Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
1:27
26
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: XVI. Final Waltz and Apotheosis: Tempo di valse Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
3:38
27
Coventry Carol: Lully, Lullay Thou Little Tiny Child Oxford St. Peter's Choir
2:48
28
Ave Maria (after J.S. Bach) Hermann Prey
4:53
29
Choral Prelude in E-Flat Major, BWV 645, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" Hans Fagius
4:25
30
Oh Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) Oxford St. Peter's Choir
5:49
31
Chorale from Cantata, BWV 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben": Jesu bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring) Ama Deus Ensemble & Valentin Radu
5:48
32
In the Bleak Midwinter London Regency Choir, Roger Allen and Niles Johnson
5:10
33
Suite No. 3 in D Major for Orchestra, BWV 1068: II. Air Ama Deus Ensemble
4:27
34
I Saw Three Ships Oxford St. Peter's Choir, Oxford St. Peter's Ensemble and Roger Allen
3:14
35
The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni), Op. 8 - Violin Concerto No. 4 in F Minor, RV 297, "Winter" (L'inverno): II. Largo Emmy Verhey, Camerata Antonio Lucio and Alun Francis
2:01
36
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Oxford St. Peter's Choir, Oxford St. Peter's Ensemble and Roger Allen
2:58
37
Ellen's Chants, D. 839, Op. 56: III. Ave Maria Amy Butler, Clavin Wiersma, Musica Antiqua New York and Mary Jane Newman
5:58
38
L'Enfance du Christ, Part II: L'adieu des bergers (The Shepherds' Farewell) Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Robert Shaw
5:17
39
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei (Graduale), for Choir and Orchestra, K. 273 Wiener Volksoperorchester and Peter Falk
5:41
40
O Little Town of Bethlehem Oxford St. Peter's Choir, Oxford St. Peter's Ensemble and Roger Allen
2:39
41
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Sinfonia in G Major, "And There Where Shepherds" Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Robert Shaw
4:49
42
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Chorale No. 35, "Seid Froh Dieweil, Daß euer Heil" Prima Choir
1:11
43
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Break Forth Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Robert Shaw
1:22
44
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Chorale No. 64 in D Major: Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen Basel Brass Quintet
3:06
45
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Chorale No. 46 - Beim Glanz All' Finsternis verzehrt Prima Choir
1:11
46
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Jesus, Shepherd My Beginning Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Robert Shaw
2:41
47
The Seasons, Op. 37a: XII. December: Christmas Michael Ponti
2:57
48
Chorale for Organ, BWV 650: "Kommst du nun, Jesu von himmel her unter" Armand Belien
3:28
49
Silent Night Oxford St. Peter's Choir, Oxford St. Peter's Ensemble and Roger Allen
3:11
50
Cantata BWV 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!": IX. Schäfe können sicher weiden (Sheep may safely graze) Musica Antiqua New York & Mary Jane Newman
4:35
51
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: I. Allegro Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
6:40
52
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: II. Adagio Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
1:12
53
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: III. Allegro Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
3:20
54
Children's Album, Op. 39: II. A Winter Morning Michael Ponti
0:51
55
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing London Regency Choir, London Regency Military Band, Roger Allen and Niles Johnson
3:55
56
Magnificat, BWV 243: I. Magnificat Ama Deus Ensemble & Valentin Radu
2:58
57
Magnificat, BWV 243: II. Ex exsultavit Ama Deus Ensemble
2:16
58
Magnificat, BWV 243: III. Quia respexit - IV. Omnes generationes Ama Deus Ensemble
4:01
59
Magnificat, BWV 243: XII. Sicut erat in principio Ama Deus Ensemble
0:52
60
Canon in D Major Musica Antiqua New York
4:48
61
In Dulci Jubilo Oxford St. Peter's Choir, Oxford St. Peter's Ensemble and Roger Allen
3:26
62
Children's Corner, L 113: IV. The Snow is Dancing Peter Schmalfuss
2:36
63
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in G Minor, Op. 6, "Christmas Concerto": I. Vivace - Grave: Arcate, sostenuto e come sta Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and Gennady Cherkasov
1:24
64
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in G Minor, Op. 6, "Christmas Concerto": II. Allegro Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and Gennady Cherkasov
2:33
65
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in G Minor, Op. 6, "Christmas Concerto": III. Adagio - Allegro - Adagio Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and Gennady Cherkasov
3:32
66
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in G Minor, Op. 6, "Christmas Concerto": IV. Vivace Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and Gennady Cherkasov
1:05
67
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in G Minor, Op. 6, "Christmas Concerto": V. Allegro (attacca) Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and Gennady Cherkasov
2:19
68
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in G Minor, Op. 6, "Christmas Concerto": VI. (attacca) Largo: Pastorale ad libitum Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and Gennady Cherkasov
5:14
69
See, Amid The Winter's Snow (Hymn For Christmas Day) St Paul's Cathedral Choir and Aleksander Santi
4:41
70
What Child Is This Oxford St. Peter's Choir, Oxford St. Peter's Ensemble and Roger Allen
2:08
71
The Messiah, HWV 56: Every valley shall be exalted Ama Deus Ensemble
3:22
72
The Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born Ama Deus Ensemble
3:49
73
The Messiah, HWV 56: Rejoice greatly Ama Deus Ensemble
4:18
74
The Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
3:32
75
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Oxford St. Peter's Choir, Oxford St. Peter's Ensemble and Roger Allen
3:04
76
Litaniae de Beata Maria Virgine (Lauretanae), K. 109: IV. Regina angelorum Collegium Aureum
2:06
77
While Shepherd's Watched Oxford St. Peter's Choir
2:50
78
Concerto Grosso in C Major, Op. 3/12, "Christmas Concerto": I. Largo Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
3:58
79
Concerto Grosso in C Major, Op. 3/12, "Christmas Concerto": II. Largo Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
2:48
80
Concerto Grosso in C Major, Op. 3/12, "Christmas Concerto": III. Allegro Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
2:04
81
We Three Kings Oxford St. Peter's Choir, Oxford St. Peter's Ensemble and Roger Allen
3:03
82
Chorals for Organ, BWV 714 - 740: "Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier" Susanne Doll
4:26
83
Jolly Old St. Nicholas Oxford St. Peter's Choir
2:18
84
Bist Du Bei Mir (from Anna Magdalena's Notebook) Mary Jane Newman and Clavin Wiersma
3:07
85
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Ich will Dir mein Herze schenken Vienna Academy Chorus & Vienna Chamber Orchestra
4:04
86
I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day Oxford St. Peter's Choir
3:34
87
Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Credo (Symbolum Nicenum): Et resurrexit Carolyn Sampson, Rachel Nicholls, Robin Blaze, Peter Kooij, Gerd Turk, Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki
4:34
88
Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Aria - "Quoniam Tu Solus" Basel Brass Quintet
4:22
89
Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Dona nobis pacem Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Robert Shaw
3:38
90
Ding Dong Merrily On High Oxford St. Peter's Choir
2:00
91
Christmas Medley: Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring - O Tannenbaum - Christ is born in Bethlehem - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Little Drummer Boy - Panis Angelicus The Mantovani Orchestra
9:43
92
Gloria in D Major, RV 589: I. Gloria in excelsis Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Robert Shaw
2:22
93
Coronation Mass in C Major, K. 317: V. Benedictus Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
3:45
94
Joy To The World Regency Youth Choir
3:15
95
Harmonia Pastoralis - Christmas Mass in F Major: I. Kyrie Musica Bohemica
4:25
96
Deck the Halls Oxford St. Peter's Choir, Oxford St. Peter's Ensemble and Roger Allen
2:16
97
Adeste Fidelis Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
3:30
98
O Holy Night (Cantique De Noël) 101 Strings Orchestra
3:02
99
Amen Oxford St. Peter's Choir, Oxford St. Peter's Ensemble and Roger Allen
5:38


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 25, 2009
  • Label: X5 Music Group
  • Copyright: 2009 X5 Music Group
  • Total Length: 5:56:31
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  • ASIN: B002S34S82
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,836 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bargain, good performances December 11, 2009
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I have a fairly extensive collection of classical music, and Christmas music as well. This compilation, featuring mostly little known groups, is charming. Yes, one can find better performances of many of these works, but that quest is only for the obsessive audiophile. The choral works are recorded clearly. One problem I've often had with recording by excellent groups such as the King's College Choir is that they sound like they were recorded in a cathedral (and perhaps they were) so there is a lot of music and enunciation lost in the reverberation. There are a few instances where I wish the tempos were faster, but on the other hand this is a set to listen to while relaxing around the fire. A nice bonus -- the music from the Nutcracker features lots of the lesser known (but still beautiful) tunes, not just the ones one normally hears in a suite. And the inclusion of the more serious classical pieces by Bach, Corelli, etc., is fitting and a great addition.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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This is a fine collection -- some of it genuine classical music written in celebration of the holiday, some of it traditional and popular Christmas music arranged for orchestras, choirs and the like.

There are also a number of tracks that really had nothing to do with Christmas originally, but still manage to stake a claim to the Christmas theme. These are mainly selections from sacred works whose lyrics, often in Latin, refer to the birth of Jesus Christ in various ways -- such as Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus", César Franck's "Panis Angelicus", and many others featured here.

Finally, a few tracks have no claim on Christmas at all -- like Bach's Third Brandenburg Concerto, Pachelbel's Canon in D Major, or a selection from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons". But no matter, these are good pieces that still fit adequately into the general mood of the set.

With only a few exceptions (such as a below par performance of Bach's "Air on a G String"), these are very good performances in good quality sound.

The track listing indicates that tracks 9-26 are the Nutcracker Suite (Op 71a), but it really these are the full Nutcracker Ballet (Op 71). These are the same recordings featured by the X5 group on its Tchaikovsky set, so if you have that one you'll be getting some duplication here. The same can be said for people with some of the collections of Baroque music, or of composers like Bach or Vivaldi.

For me, the bona fide classical tracks are more successful than the carols that have been dressed up for orchestra and chorus. The latter can sound very sugary in a way that music composed for classical performance usually does not.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Collection! December 7, 2009
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I stumbled on this collection and decided I would give it a try. I love it! There are songs for everyone. It's great background music for a Christmas party and it includes so many wonderful carols. Perfect for when you get tired of hearing the same old songs on the radio.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classical tunes at an even better price December 8, 2009
By B. W.
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I have lots of vocal, jazzy, and acoustic holiday tunes, but not a lot of serious classical recordings. This is a great collection at a great price. Thanks, Amazon!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Selection Of Great Music December 10, 2009
By AFRED
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This is not party music. This is not shop till drop music. it is music to remind you of what a previous reviewer referred to as "the glory" of the holiday season. Wonderful selection
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Came Early! November 9, 2010
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For me at least - getting this collection at just under two bucks. I was afraid that all of the selections would be esoteric classical which was related to the Christmas season, but not readily recognizable. But no, there are many popular and well-known pieces here (albeit performed by choir and symphony), as well as pieces that are more purely classical and will amount to happy discoveries, or pleasant underscore to holiday gatherings.

At this price I'm simply going to have to give a few extra bucks to the next Salvation Army bellringer I encounter so I don't feel like I'm stealing. Seriously, folks - this is like six HOURS of well-recorded music for the price of a (small) cup of coffee. How can you possibly go wrong?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Keeper December 8, 2010
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I honestly expected to delete a lot of this collection. To my most pleasant surprise, I've culled perhaps two tracks. There are some delightful choral pieces, especially the older recordings, and a lot of lesser-known works. All in all, a great addition to my Christmas collection, and I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to have this playing in the background at any Christmas gathering.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Essentials! December 14, 2009
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5 bucks to finish my Christmas playlist! I plan on downloading this to my mp3 player and giving the music to my family on Christmas Eve. I already have a good playlist, but this adds all the pieces I was missing. GOOD BARGAIN!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars cheerful Christmas traditions
Who doesn't love Christmas songs during the holiday season? I enjoyed listening to the traditional songs as well as learn some new ones.
Published 3 months ago by Alesia
5.0 out of 5 stars Goes without saying
I thoroughly enjoy this album, even now that Christmas is over. Such beautiful music is rarely heard these days. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kansasbabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I bought this album because I heard it being played at a Christmas Party I went to, and I was captivated by the beauty of the music. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Skeptical Me
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all good
A good variety of songs! They all were all pretty well done, and good quality. It's a very good price.
Published 3 months ago by Christopher Hattrup
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Collection, Small Price!
I save two playlists from this -- one with singing and one with instrumental music. The singing one is rousing and great for decorating, while the instrumental one is great... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MARTYANNE KOWALSKI
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Memories!
It's a great variety of old classics you learned and enjoyed in your earlier years. You'll be singing along for years to come.
Published 3 months ago by Exwreathman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mix for Christmas ambiance
Wow, 99 songs for such a low price?? We've got this album on shuffle, and it's been great having a combination of traditional Christmas songs and some lesser-known, but still... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nat X
2.0 out of 5 stars I would pass on this one
You get a lot of songs, but most of them I've never heard before. All of the singing is difficult to understand due to it being sung by a choir.
Published 4 months ago by R. Rohring
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly what I wanted...
Some of the songs are classics from a big chior exactly what I was looking for, but others are unknown and new to me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by lgr8877
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Bargain
This album is a lot of music in one package, with (just like the title says) 99 tracks, averaging about four minutes each. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. E.
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