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The Carols of Christmas: A Windham Hill Collection

The Carols Of Christmas: A Windham Hill Collection (Series)Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 1, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: September 1, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • ASIN: B000000NLO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Do You Hear What I Hear
2. We Three Kings
3. Christmas Time Is Here
4. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
5. The First Noel
6. Emmanuel
7. Dona Nobis Pacem
8. Ave Maria
9. Carol Of The Bells
10. O Holy Night
11. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
12. Silent Night
13. Simple Gifts
14. What Child Is This
15. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/ Angels We Have Heard On High
16. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musically Soothing Christmas Delight! November 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
With the Holiday's fast approaching, most are looking for some really good Christmas music to buy for themselves or as gifts. Trust me on this, you can't go wrong with "The Carols of Christmas." It's one of my most favorite Christmas cd's (the other being "A Charlie Brown Chritmas: The Music of Vince Guaraldi"). It has become a Holiday classic in our home! With a delicate, yet strong balance, this cd is beyond beautiful! Musically, the sounds vary from solo paino, acoustic guitar & synthesizers to saxaphone, clarinet, harps & percussions - It's totally instrumental. Windham Hill fans, rejoice! George Winston, Will Ackerman, Liz Story, Brian Keane, Jim Brickman, John Boswell, Tracy Silverman, David Darling, etc....it is a holiday sampling of Windham Hills' best. And yes, this would make a great Christmas gift for anyone - I always give a couple each year. Perhaps the best way to describe this compilation is "New Age meets Light Jazz"...and thats a wonderful thing. It will leave you with a soothing, serene excitment for the Holidays. Makes for wonderful background music at any Christmas celebration! Cuddle up with a hot cuppa peppermint tea or some hot cocca and let "The Carol's of Christmas" work it's magic on your heart.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware of "sabotage" reviews December 17, 2005
By Tiros
Format:Audio CD
The Windham Hill label has been around since the early 80s, providing some of the best of what was once called "New Age" music. If you purchase a WH disc, or an artist on the WH label, you generally know what you're getting. If you purchase a disc without knowing anything whatsoever about the label or the performers, than that's on you.

I've noticed a disturbing trend in the past two years where some people are posting significantly negative reviews of a book or CD, which are exceedingly contrary to all other reviews. Ten reviewers may give a product 5 out of 5 stars, and then there will be a reviewer who gives it 1, along with some inane comments that really don't tell you about the product. I'm starting to think these reviewers are just trying to sabotage products that are otherwise well received.

There is nothing patently offensive about this CD. In fact, it contains some very interesting instrumental arrangements of songs we've all heard thousands of times. Some are classic WH "New Age" interpretations, while others have a "Lite Jazz" feel. This CD will work well in many settings, such as dinner party or holiday gathering music, or as a de-stressing agent in your car while shopping and facing holiday traffic.

It really deserves nothing less than 3 stars. Christmas music is not offensive, the performers haven't done anything with the presentation or arrangements that render the songs unlistenable, and the sound quality is up to the usual WH high standards.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas music for the soul November 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great CD! I generally go for really traditional Christmas music, but this adds a soothing, contemporary element to those familiar carols, in a purely instrumental form. The blends of sounds, the moods conveyed, all come together to give a wonderful listening experience. This intimate, sometimes melancholy music makes you want to snuggle up to someone you love.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have December 1, 2002
By Jane
Format:Audio CD
I never write reviews or anything remotely close, but I have to throw in my two cents here...and rather than gush, I'll just say that I have now purchased this CD 4 times since it came out - and they've all been for me (I tend to lose all my good CD's). There isn't another album out there that would make me consider doing the same. The holidays, simply put, are not complete without "The Carols of Christmas."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic November 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is my 4th Holiday Season listening to the CD. If you're starting off a Holiday Collection, this is my top pick. My favorite tune is David Darling's version of "Oh Holy Night" which does a masterful job of taking further some of the most beautiful music ever written. Unfortunately, I have a difficult time listening to other versions which at best don't measure up, or worse, are just plain sappy. Do yourself a favor, sit on the couch in dim light holding hands with someone you care about -listen to that tune on a nice system with healthy bass - Definitely a journey. I drop a few tears every year I hear it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Elegant Collection of Traditional Carols December 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a beautiful and moving collection of instrumentals. I purchased it last season and find that it is now one of my favorites. It is perfect as background music for a holiday gathering but also wonderful for focused listening.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best christmas disc I own !! November 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have always enjoyed the Windham Hill label. I was at a bass seminar and Micheal Manring was one of the instructors. He mentioned doing Christmas Carols for Windham Hill that sent me searching for the releases. I was very happy when I got to hear this collection of wonderfully crafted Christmas favorites. If you have an ear for GOOD music, don't hesitate to add this gem to your collection !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The music on this CD is great. But be aware that there is a small note on the Amazon sites that says: "This product is manufactured on demand when ordered from Amazon.com". So this is basically a copy of the original. This might be OK for some CDs but if you are a fan of Wyndham CDs, you know they come with excellent notes on the artists for each song. This CD has nothing but the list of tracks and the name of the song. Even the main artist of each song is not listed. So you have to do some on-line research to identify artists and associate them with the song. This was a big disappointment for me. You might do better to search for an original.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Replacing my music collection
I lost most of my music in the divorce. I tried this CD because I have enjoyed their work before. A good solid background music for Christmas functions.
Published 6 months ago by Sunny Hinshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars classic with newer age flavor.
classic carols you know and love and grew up hearing with uncharacteristic instrumental arrangements & instrumentation with a cool jazz flavor.
Published 7 months ago by Isaac Welch
5.0 out of 5 stars Now a Christmas Favorite
Just bought a used copy of this CD on Amazon Marketplace. I just finished playing it for a third time today - may go play it again. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peachy
3.0 out of 5 stars Stocking up for the holidays
I like having a variety of music for my holidays so this will be a welcome addition to my collection.
Published 13 months ago by Joanna Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful Christmas music
I chose this CD because I happen to have most of these songs as favorites in Christmas music. The music is beautiful and well done. Read more
Published 17 months ago by perfumelady
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas
I needed to bolster my Christmas music collection of CD's that were ruined in the Sandy flooding....this fit the bill.
Published 18 months ago by P. Denhup
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas music
Music is pretty. The last song skips, oh well....it was a library copy. I have to write 3 more words.
Published 19 months ago by Lori M Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Even the kids request it. Soooo soothing & unique.
This cd has been a regular & one of the most played in our family for years. Our 11 yr old will regularly go & put it in this cd to listen to on her own initiative. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amangomango
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Relaxing Holiday Music
Nice to sit back once in a while and enjoy the peace and quiet of relaxing Christmas music without the stress !
Published 20 months ago by TJ Ohio
4.0 out of 5 stars Fair to great holiday music
Holiday Classics in the Windham Hill style. I appreciate that it's all instrumental. Some tracks are better than other-- but Dona Nobis Pacem with marimba and clarinet would... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Marian Mulkey
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