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Top 10 Classical Music Christmas CDs

Classical Music for Holiday Traditions and Playlists


Almost every popular recording artist has a Christmas album, and almost everyone owns one. But do you own a classical music Christmas CD? Classical music Christmas CDs are great to play while celebrating the holiday. This year, add a symphonic Christmas album (or choir or brass or solo piano...) to your holiday traditions and playlists! Looking for more classical music Christmas CDs? Here are 10 more highly rated classical music Christmas CDs.

1. A Christmas Festival - Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops

A Christmas Festival - Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops
The Boston Pops
Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops create a marvelous classical music CD. It's large orchestral sound and familiar Christmas songs are sure to bring any listener delight. If you don't already own it, you need to!

2. The Glorious Sound of Christmas - Eugene Ormandy & the Philadelphia Orchestra

The Glorious Sound of Christmas
Philadelphia Orchestra
Another large orchestra CD, the just as famous Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy released this album in 1991. With familiar classics as Handel's "Joy to the World" and Mendelssohn's "Hark! The Hareld Angels Sing," this album is about as Christmas as they come.

3. Christmas with the Westminster Choir

Christmas with the Westminster Choir
Westminster Choir College of Rider University
Westminster Choir is one of the United State's premier choirs. Performing regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, the Westminster Choir found time to record a lovely Christmas album. More intimate than the previous Christmas CD's, you'll enjoy listening to the Westminster Choir next to the Christmas tree in the evening hours wrapped up in a warm blanket while sipping hot cocoa.

4. A Festival of Carols in Brass - the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble

A Festival of Carols in Brass
Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
This unique Christmas album is for all the brass lovers of the world, though, anyone can easily fall in love with this CD! If you haven't guessed already, it's 100% pure brass, and unlike you may think, the sound is very smooth and lyrical - almost as intimate as the choir.

5. Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers

Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers
Dale Warland Singers
Another favorite choral album of mine, I find myself listening to this album periodically throughout the year. Like the Westminster Choir, the Dale Warland Singers are highly respected in the choral field. Their warm and well-rounded sound creates an atmosphere so peaceful and relaxing, you may end up celebrating Christmas all year round.

6. Winter Romance - Beegie Adair

Winter Romance - Beegie Adair
Spring Hill Music Group
I get that "everything is right with the world" feeling while listening to this album, and I'm sure you will too! Beegie Adair's lighthearted Christmas CD features a solo piano accompanied by orchestra and drums. Its jazz-like sounds and rhythms will definitely put a spring in your step.

7. Christmas Piano - Chemayne Micallef

Christmas Piano - Chemayne Micallef
2001 Somerset Entertainment Ltd.
Nothing beats sitting back in a comfy chair across from the Christmas tree late at night while listening to classic Christmas songs played on a solo piano. Chemayne Micallef performs your holiday favorites with such ease and simplicity, there's not a song on the album you'll find unlovable.

8. Jazz Piano Christmas - Beegie Adair

Jazz Piano Christmas - Beegie Adair
Spring Hill Music Group
Here's another Christmas music album by Beegie Adair you'd be silly to pass up this holiday season. As stated by its to-the-point title, you'll hear fantastic music performed by a solo piano and jazz band. The music performed is mellow and laid back, perfect for a Christmas cocktail party or lounging by the fire.

9. Windham Hill Holiday Guitar Collection

Windham Hill Holiday Guitar Collection
Windham Hill/Legacy
There's another instrument that fits perfectly with the holidays - the guitar. The Windham Hill Holiday Guitar Collection features various guitarists performing traditional Christmas songs. Like Christmas Piano listed above, the simplicity of the this Christmas guitar album is quite peaceful.

10. A Charlie Brown Christmas [Expanded]

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Fantasy Records
You can't go wrong when you pop A Charlie Brown Christmas in your stereo. Similar in sound to Beegie Adair's Jazz Piano Christmas, you'll love the familiar tunes from one of the holiday's most memorable movies.
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