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The Atlanta Symphony rendering would probably be considered by many to be the more "realistic." It depends, in the end, on personal taste. For me, however, the recording I "grew up with" is the original NBC recording.
On the RCA disc, both the orchestra and (smaller) chorus are more "up front" and immediate, more sharply focused, and the singers - probably hand selected by Shaw - seem crisp and alive, more involved. This, I would guess, has as much to do with the prevailing recording philosophy of the time as it does anything else.
The Atlanta performance, on the other hand, while certainly less suseptable to the manipulated balances of the 60's, seems, as a result, a bit "removed," closer to the more spacious effect of an actual concert hall environment, at least to me. But, again, my preference for the original is based strictly on personal taste. Yet, whichever experience you prefer, this is a marvelous collection featuring the stunning arrangements of Robert Russell Bennett. If you like medleys of contrast and brilliant embellishments, either recording is a must-have.
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I had this music on a cassette tape, and wanted to obtain it in a CD format. I really enjoy this presentation.Published on December 15, 2013 by William A Marsh III
Gosh, found this album about ten years ago and was praising it to the skies back then. Am buying some albums for family members this year. Read morePublished on October 27, 2009 by SoothSeeker
A great selection of holiday music. The quality of the choir and symphony is excellent.Published on January 29, 2009 by Gayle Hill
There is an earlier 1963 recording of the same material. This newer recording is by far superior. The 1963 recording has been remastered for "improved" sound and in the... Read morePublished on December 17, 2008 by this ad only
This classic Christmas recording contains well beloved carols in superb arrangements and flawless choral and orchestral performance under the great Robert Shaw. Read morePublished on April 14, 2008 by David Christiani
Robert Shaw with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - what more do I need to say? I have attended several of the ASO's Christmas concerts. Read morePublished on March 2, 2008 by Kanawha
music for christmas the way it should be. deftly conducted by robert shaw. the atlanta symphony and chorus perform perfectly with arrangements by robert russell bennett. Read morePublished on March 1, 2008 by Ronnie Trogdon
This is without doubt, one of the best, if not the best orchestral/choral Christmas recordings out there - recording quality is also superb. Highly recommend!Published on January 2, 2008 by PellaCPC
We've listened to this Robert Shaw collection every season since it came out in the 60s. I heard part of it played on PBS this season, so it's in high demand. Read morePublished on January 3, 2007 by Liz Ellerbe