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The Ultimate Classical Christmas

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The Ultimate Classical Christmas

The Ultimate Classical Christmas

Sony Classical

The Bottom Line

Though I wouldn't go so far as calling this album the "Ultimate" classical Christmas CD, it is nonetheless very good. The performers including the singers, the orchestras, the instrumentalists, and the choirs are fantastic. The music is light-hearted and performed effortlessly. From the smooth jazz of the Wynton Marsalis Septet to the lush and melodious voice of Marilyn Horne, you'll find a great variety of music on The Ultimate Classical Christmas CD.
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Pros

  • Classical super-stars including Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Kathleen Battle, and Placido Domingo
  • Great orchestras including The Boston Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra, and London Symphony Orchestra
  • Selection of the most popular Christmas classics

Cons

  • None

Description

  • Released: October 2007
  • 1 Disk, 18 Tracks
  • Total Play Time: 57:36

Guide Review - The Ultimate Classical Christmas

Everyone has their favorite Christmas song as well as their idea of how it should be performed, and though the classic Christmas songs on this album may be slightly differ from that, I'm sure you will not be disappointed. I won't go into great detail about each song, as they are pretty much what you might expect. However I will point out which tracks on this classical Christmas CD outshine all the others. First and by far the best work is Marilyn Horne's performance of Silent Night with the Columbia Symphony and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Without losing its intimate appeal, the large orchestra and choir are able to perfectly support Horne's magnificent voice. Secondly, Frederica von Stade's Lo, How A Rose E're Blooming with The American Boychoir and The Christmas Concert Choir is sweet and captivating (though I would have liked it more if it were sung in German). Last but not least is Joshua Bell's performance of Schubert's Ave Maria with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. It's full of warmth and body - perfect for a cold winter's day.

On this album are performances by Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Charlotte Church, Jose Carreras, Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Kathleen Battle, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Wynton Marsalis, John Willliams, the London Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Wiener Symphoniker, Ying Huang, and more.

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