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A Classic Christmas - The Ultimate Collection of Christmas Classics and Carols CD


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  • Orchestra: Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge Clare College Singers, Clare College Orchestra, Cambridge
  • Conductor: Alfred Newman, Klaus Tennstedt, John Rutter, Carmen Dragon
  • Composer: Traditional, Sergey Prokofiev, Adolphe Adam, Leroy Anderson
  • Audio CD (26 Nov. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005QVXY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Deck The HallAlfred Newman/Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra 1:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Troika From Lieutenant Kij ÚKlaus Tennstedt/London Philharmonic Orchestra 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Saw Three ShipsClare College Singers and Orchestra/John Rutter 2:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cantique De Noel (O Holy Night) (1996 Digital Remaster)Carmen Dragon & The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sleigh RideHallé Orchestra/Maurice Handford 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. O Little Town Of BethlehemSimon Vaughan/Clare College Singers, Cambridge/Clare College Orchestra, Cambridge/John Rutter 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ding Dong! Merrily On High (1993 Digital Remaster)Bach Choir/Sir David Willcocks/Jacques Orchestra 1:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring From Cantata No. 147 (Arr. Marriner) [Short Version]Sir Neville Marriner/Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. God Rest Ye Merry GentlemenPro Arte Orchestra/Barry Rose 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Fantasia On Christmas CarolsStephen Roberts/London Symphony Chorus/London Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox 7:21Album Only
Listen11. The Seasons: Bacchanale (From Autumn)Yevgeny Svetlanov/Philharmonia Orchestra 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sleigh Ride (Winter Night)Northern Sinfonia of England/Richard Hickox 5:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Hansel And Gretel Overture (2001 Digital Remaster)André Previn/London Symphony Orchestra 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Stille Nacht 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (1996 Digital Remaster)Carmen Dragon & The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Once In Royal David's City (1988 Digital Remaster)Clare College Singers, Cambridge/Clare College Orchestra, Cambridge/Jeremy Blandford/John Rutter 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The First NowellBarry Rose/Pro Arte Orchestra 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. In Dulci Jubilo (Arr. Rutter) (1988 Digital Remaster)Clare College Singers, Cambridge/Clare College Orchestra, Cambridge/Jeremy Blandford/John Rutter 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. O Come All Ye FaithfulBarry Rose/Pro Arte Orchestra 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. We Wish You A Merry ChristmasHallé Orchestra/Maurice Handford 1:33£0.99  Buy MP3 

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the best compilation I know of Christmas classical 'lollipops'. There are three sleigh-rides (Leroy Anderson's, Frederick Delius's, and Sergei Prokofiev's 'Troika', the latter popularised many years ago in the Sauter-Finnegan arrangement); three excerpts from Hely-Hutchinson's Carol Symphony, including the enchanting arrangement of 'The First Nowell' which the BBC used as the signature-tune to its dramatisation of Masefield's 'The Box of Delights', both in its original radio Children's Hour version and in its much later TV version; Adam's delightful 'Cantique de Noel' and Bach's reflective 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring'; and a well-chosen selection of choral and orchestral carols.
Just two criticisms - the Bacchanale from Glazunov's 'The Seasons' (well-known as the theme-music for the London Marathon), whilst being wonderfully exhilarating and sounding as if it should belong to Winter (as stated), was in fact written for Autumn; and how can you have a 'Classic Christmas' with no Handel?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Beryl Korman on 16 Jan. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is the very best Christmas Album possible. All the pieces are well played and sung and the selection of items is just perfet. I play this every year when I decorate my tree and it has become part of the very fabric of my Christmas. Once this album is out then Christmas has begun. I was so pleased when it was recently re-released as I could finally buy copies for all my friends. Very highly recommended - if you only have one Christmas album then make sure it's this one!!!
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By "harmoniousbrass" on 27 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ive had this cd for sometime. I must have bought in its first incarnation. This was also a surprise buy because I was looking hard for a good xmas cd at the time. I saw it. Heard it in the cd booth, & bought it!! Its one of the best xmas cds around. Go buy you will not be disappointed!!
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By G. G. Allan on 7 Oct. 2008
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This CD is a delight capturing the sparkle and fun of Xmas. It is light classical music at its very best. I play Troika and I know the festive season has begun.
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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Dec. 2001
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I have tried to buy this again for two years and I am thrilled it has been re-released. The CD is filled with many classical tunes that featured as THE Christmas TV tunes in my childhood and teens e.g. the Timex advert. Great tunes combined with good artists and best of all, not what you hear playing in all the supermarkets! A truely "Classey" classic that I would recommend to anyone who likes good music.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Evans on 12 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Troika, Sleigh Ride and In Dulci Jubilo are just 3 of 20 tracks on this super Christmas compilation. It always makes me feel Christmassy and we've owned it for years - originally had it on tape!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stuart D on 27 Dec. 2009
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Since buying this CD, it has been played throughout the festive period. The recordings are joyous and combine some sombre tunes amongst the cheerful classics. I usually like pop music but would highly recommend this CD if you wish to dip you toe into the pool of Christmas Classical music. Troika is my favourite, instantly recogniseable and instantly uplifting.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ARWoollock on 1 Jan. 2010
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Because my extensive CD collection was sadly bereft of any Christmas music I decided to rectify that situation, and this year I purchased the following Christmas CDs:

i) A Classic Christmas
ii) The John Rutter Christmas Album
iii) Nöel - Christmas at Kings
iv) Legends Christmas Collection

If I were to rank this CD amongst those four, I would put it in second position behind Nöel, which was the clear winner.

There is nothing wrong with this CD per se., I think anyone who purchases it will be more than satisfied with both the quality of the recordings (varied) and the atmosphere it creates in your home. Certainly it contains a one-stop-shop for anyone looking for a definitive Christmas album, but there sadly lies-in the one minus point.

As this CD is an eclectic mix of various: recordings, choirs, arrangements and quality, I personally found this aspect detracted somewhat from the overall cohesion of the CD. Whist I fully appreciate others might like this eclectic approach, I sadly do not, hence I preferred the King's recording.

Nevertheless, having stated the above, I think you will not be disappointed by this CD and I would recommend it to any potential purchaser. I would also state, that I found by playing the three classic CDs mentioned above in rotation I managed to create a superb Christmas ambience, something which certainly enhanced and enriched this year's Festive Season.
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