The list author says: "Christmas has inspired composers to create some of their greatest masterworks, which have retained their appeal thru the centuries. Messiah has been a staple since the 1700s; currently The Nutcracker rules the roost, but Hansel and Gretel's enormous popularity at the turn of the century has ensured we still bake gingerbread for the holidays today. Here are some highly personal choices on the embarassing abundance of Christmas classics."
"Jaw-dropping performance of Bach's great work from an American Bach festival chorus. Inspirational not just from a performance standard, but that a local group can blow the big-name rivals right out of the water. Get this disc."
"This work about Jesus¬í birth and the flight to Egypt has it all--genuine religious feeling, gorgeous melodies and a dramatic villain. An absolutely mandatory work, and this new recording is a knock-out."
"Hodie is an absolute masterpiece--a rich banquet of moods, orchestral effects and arias celebrating Christmas. And the Fantasia isn¬ít far behind. Classic recordings of two sadly neglected works, which blow the socks of anyone who hears them."