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Christmas 2019 offer

25% OFF SELECTED CHRISTMAS TITLES

Naxos Direct special 25% discount offer on selected Christmas titles and gift ideas. Included favourites are Septura's new album 'The Nutcracker', John Rutter's Christmas Album and many more... Enjoy!

Order early to avoid disappointment, promotion offer runs from 22 November - 18 December 2019*

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Image Pytor Il'yich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, arrange
Brass instruments are a vital part of the festive fabric of Christmas, and Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet The Nutcracker is made even more joyful with the brassy brilliance of Septura. Narrated by pre-eminent actor Derek Jacobi, The Nutcracker is set on Christmas Eve, with music both rapturous and fantastical. It tells the story of how young Clara’s favourite present, a nutcracker shaped like a little man, turns into a handsome prince at midnight. Septura has been acclaimed by Brass Band World for its ‘stylistic perfection’ and ‘beautifully portrayed artistry’ (Music for Brass Septet • 2, Naxos 8.573386).

£5.00 (£7.99)
Image HANDEL: Messiah
This new recording of Handel's 'Messiah' presents the first modern recording of a re-construction of Handel's unique London performances of 'Messiah' in April and May 1751, when he used treble voices from the Chapel Royal for choruses and arias.

Similarly, just as Handel drew upon a chapel resource (the Chapel Royal) for his tenor and bass soloists, so Edward Higginbottom has drawn on his own New College Chapel resource (both Toby Spence and Eamonn Dougan are former clerks of New College Choir).

Together these attributes give the Choir of New College, Oxford/Academy of Ancient Music's Messiah a unique status and a unique coherence. It is both a celebration of the chapel choir tradition and window onto a particular time and place in the history of Handel's own performances of his masterpiece.

\This is a very special recording. Not only is it of quite outstanding quality both musically and dramatically, but, being sung entirely by male voices associated with a single institution (all the soloists are past or present members of New College Choir), it probably comes as close as modern conditions permit to a sound that Bach would have recognized." The Daily Telegraph"

£9.74 (£12.99)
Image CAROLS FROM KING'S
£7.49 (£9.99)
Image TAVENER: Song for Athene / Svyati
John Tavener studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Sir Lennox Berkeley and David Lumsdaine. In 1968 his dramatic cantata. The Whale took its audience by storm and led to his music being recorded on The Beatles' Applelabel. Since that time Tavener has continued to show an originality of concept and an intensely personal idiom, making his a voice quite separate from those of his contemporaries. Over the years, the contemplative side of his nature hasled him in more spiritual directions and his commitment to the Russian Orthodox Church, which he joined in 1977, is now evident in all his work.

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Image The John Rutter Christmas Album
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Image Traditional Carol Selection
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Image Joy to the World
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Image Medieval Carols
In 15th-century England a tradition grew up for the composition of polyphonic carols. None of them is ascribed to a specific composer or poet, neither is their function completely understood. The form is that of alternating verses and burdens (refrains), the language generally being a mixture of Latin and English. The majority of the carols have sacred texts and it is possible that these were designed for liturgical use. Others are moralistic or celebratory and were possibly used to enliven feasts and banquets in aristocratic households or for recreational purposes at educational establishments.

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Image Christmas With Septura
Brass instruments are almost a Christmas cliché: synonymous with the celebration, but perhaps not with the wealth of great music that it has inspired. Septura sets out to rectify this, re-imagining for brass septet the Christmas offerings of the greatest composers of the past 450 years. Pushing the combinations and colours of the septet to the limits, the result is a virtuosic and varied selection of festive favourites. Septura has been admired in their recordings for 'noble performances' (Gramophone on volume 1, 8.573314), their 'stunningly virtuosic set of new Baroque works for brass' (volume 2, 8.573386), 'deliciously witty... full of contrast... poetic' (The Guardian on volume 3, 8.573475), and 'an overwhelming sense of sincerity present in both the skilfully crafted new arrangements... and the execution of performance' (Brass Band World on volume 4, 8.573526). These arrangements give even the most ubiquitously familiar tunes a timeless quality - with something like Franz Xaver Gruber's famous Stille Nacht emerging as a subtle exploration of changing sonorities using mutes and various settings between the verses.

Septura brings together London's leading players to redefine brass chamber music through the uniquely expressive sound of the brass septet. Currently Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the group is recording a series of discs for Naxos Records, each focused on a particular period, genre and set of composers, creating a 'counter-factual history' of brass chamber music. Weaving this ever-increasing repertoire into captivating live events, Septura is gaining a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and imaginative programming, built around strong concepts and themes.

£5.00 (£7.99)
Image THAT CHRISTMAS FEELING: 21 Vintage Seasonal Hits
The musical background to the annual phenomenon identifiable as That Christmas Feeling is an indiscriminate blend of traditional religious fare and seasonal nostalgia and, as we dream of White Christmases Past, the spirits and voices of bygone days rise up from old recordings. The catalogue of historical seasonal recordings would certainly fill many volumes, as virtually every singer or band with a commercial profile made a Christmas record of some sort, but the undisputed king of them all is still Bing Crosby (1903-1977).

£5.24 (£6.99)
Image Christmas: The Gesualdo Six; Owain Park
From the timeless plainchant ‘Veni Emmanuel’ via Jonathan Harvey to a riotous ‘Jingle bells’: Owain Park presents a programme of Christmas treats which effortlessly spans the centuries.

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Image A Renaissance Christmas
Following The Sixteen’s hugely successful album, ‘Song of the Nativity’, which featured Christmas music from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, this new seasonal offering explores a stunning selection of festive works from the Renaissance. The Sixteen captures the joy and sincerity of this most wonderful of seasons, from the joyous simplicity of plainsong chants Resonemus laudibus and Veni, veni Emmanuel to the shining purity of Lassus’ polyphonic Videntes stellam Magi and Byrd’s jubilant This day Christ was born. This album provides a perfect alternative to traditional carols for those looking for something a little different at Christmas.

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Image Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio
From its famously joyful opening ‘Jauchzet frohlocket’ to the arrival of the Wise Men from the East, the Christmas Oratorio's enduring popularity has long proved its status as a choral ‘evergreen’. As with the St John Passion (8.573817-18), the cast for this production is led by Georg Poplutz as the Evangelist.

£12.74 (£16.99)
Image Christmas Goes Baroque 1
Zurich's bustling holiday shoppers, twinkling lights reflected inmagical window displays; the famed Toy Museum in Nuremberg; a bountifulChristmas feast; an elaborate Nativity scene; the snow covered landscaped ofSwitzerland. These are the joyously evocative images of the Christmas seasonand inspiration for some of the most beloved Christmas carols of all time.



The volume of the Naxos Musical Journey takes you on a magical Europeanholiday tour swept up by the sounds of such holiday favorites as \JingleBells", "Silent Night," "The First Noel," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "OTannenbaum" and many more. These eternal favourites are performed in thebaroque style of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi - the sound of music as timeless asChristmas itself.



Peter Breiner


Peter Breiner was born in 1957 at Humenne in Eastern Slovakia where hestarted piano lessons at the age of four. He went on to study at the BratislavaConservatory and, then, at the Prague College of Music and Drama, concentratingat the latter in composition. On completing his studies he began work asmusical supervisor of the Czechoslovak Radio in Bratislava and for OPUS Recordsand Publishing House. He has had a varied career which has involved theconductorship of the Czechoslovak Radio Children's Choir, regular pianoperformances at jazz concerts and working as an orchestral conductor andarranger.

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Image VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Hodie/Christmas Carols Fantasia
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Image In Terra Pax
The choral music on this disc includes Holst's surprisingly neglected Christmas Day, as well as music by Leighton, Joubert, Mathias, Gardner and Rutter. The nostalgic mood of Howells's evergreen carol anthems is echoed in Finzi's In terra pax, which recalls the pealing of bells at midnight on a frosty Christmas Eve. The City of London Choir, which enjoys an enviable reputation as a \leader among non-professional choruses" (The Times), makes its Naxos debut with this delightful recording."

£5.00 (£7.99)
Image HELY-HUTCHINSON: Carol Symphony / STANDFORD / KELL
Of all the festivals in the Christian calendar Christmas has always attracted the most musical contributions from composers, albeit, in the main, vocal and choral. The exceptions have been seasonal seventeenth and eighteenth century concerti grossi, most notably that of Corelli, and the ‘pastoral symphonies’ in Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. The subsequent century, despite Charles Dickens’s virtual reinvention of the institution, bore little fruit other than the Santa Claus Symphony, by the American composer, William Henry Fry (Naxos 8.559057).

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Image VERY BEST OF CHRISTMAS
Part of the very successful compilation series 'The Very Best of Classical Music', this new title 'The Very Best of Christmas' is a 2 CD selection of favourite classical music for Christmas time.

CD 1 is a collection of traditional carols and choral music by a range of popular composers, united by the theme of 'The Christmas Story' featuring angels, shepherds and a baby in a manger.

CD 2 is a delicious assortment of instrumental and orchestral music, united by the theme of 'The Christmas Season' featuring winter classics, best-loved ballet music and sleigh rides.

£9.74 (£12.99)
Image Chilcott: Rose In Winter
Bob Chilcott has been described by The Observer as 'a contemporary hero of British Choral Music', and his music is commissioned and sung by choirs throughout the world. His Christmas pieces, a number of which are heard here in première recordings, reveal his enthusiasm for recently written texts, to which he responds with acute verbal sensitivity. Commotio is one of the UK's foremost chamber choirs, hailing from Oxford, where they have performed choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries since 1999.

The central piece of this album is the previously unrecorded carol sequence On Christmas Night, which shows how his ambition is to infuse new blood alongside more traditional melodies and for each to be enriched by it.

Bob Chilcott is one of Britain's most popular and most-performed composers of choral music, and has enriched the contemporary repertoire immensely.

£5.00 (£7.99)
Image Wonder Of Christmas
The Elora Festival Singers, conducted by internationally acclaimed director Noel Edison, is one of the most exciting of contemporary choirs. Their disc of Eric Whitacre's choral music (8.559677) was nominated for a GRAMMY® in 2010. Now they turn to the art of the Christmas carol, a genre covering a variety of styles, both popular and refined, each piece expressing religious sentiments and beliefs.

The music ranges from much-loved settings to new works, from polyphony to more straightforward melodies, in a recital stretching from the Middle Ages to the music of today.

This much admired choir and director have been lavishly praised for their previous Naxos discs. 'Choral enthusiasts, arise! Here is a new recording that you can really get excited about.' - ClassicsToday 10/10, of the album 'Psalms of the Soul' [8554823]. This latest disc celebrates the art of the Christmas Carol, from the Middle Ages to the music of today, not least in the settings by John Tavener and the ever-popular John Rutter. This is the perfect Christmas offering.

£3.00 (£7.99)
Image VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on Christmas Carols / O
Released in perfect time for Christmas, this unique disc conducted by Richard Hickox (famous for his interpretations of Vaughan Williams), with the City of London Sinfonia presents the premiere recordings of two works by Vaughan Williams, 'On Christmas Night' and 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols' and the only available recording of 'The First Nowell'. Vaughan Williams loved Christmas and had a lifelong passion for carols, admiring their freshness, beauty and nobility. Vaughan Williams' seasonal compositions reflect his love of Christmas in general and of carols in particular.

'The Fantasia on Christmas Carols' was dedicated to Cecil Sharp and is based on four traditional English carols: 'The Truth sent from above', 'Come all you worthy gentlemen', 'On Christmas Night' (The Sussex Carol) and 'There is a fountain filled with blood', plus hints of other carols. This is the first recording of the alternative scoring using an organ and strings accompaniment rather than orchestral.

'On Christmas Night' was originally called 'A Christmas Carol' as it was a free adaptation of Dicken's story of the same name. This ballet score commissioned by Adolf Bolm, a principal dancer with Diaghilev's company and first performed in 1926. The work receives its premiere recording on this release. The score is very atmospheric and juxtaposes complex melodies with simple folk tunes, and interspersed with carols.

'The First Nowell', a nativity play for soloists, chorus and small orchestra, was arranged and adapted from medieval pageants by Simona Pakenham. A number of traditional tunes are included in Vaughan Williams's arrangement such as 'On Christmas Night', 'The Cherry Tree Carol' and 'God rest you merry'. Vaughan Williams said to Pakenham, 'I think that every Christmas play ought to begin with 'God rest you Merry' and end with 'The First Nowell'.

This truly is music to be played and cherished during the Christmas period.

£10.49 (£13.99)
Image On Christmas Night
In the run-up to Advent and Christmas, the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge under Andrew Nethsingha presents a joyous celebration of music for the festive season. The disc includes original works by John Rutter, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Elizabeth Poston, and Kenneth Leighton. These are complemented by arrangements of popular songs, and a selection of congregational hymns, all displaying strong ties to the Advent and Christmas seasons. This disc was recorded in the College Chapel in full surround-sound, which means that it not only sounds spectacular, but recreates to a spectacular degree the experience of listening to the Choir perform in the Chapel. The Choir of St John's College, established in the 1670s, is today one of the finest college choirs in the world, known and loved by millions for its recordings, broadcasts, and concert tours.

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Image Venetian Christmas Music
In Venice in the 18th century, Christmas was celebrated as only Venetians know how to celebrate: according to one account, more wax was burnt to light up the three storeys of the Procuratie on Christmas Eve, than in all the rest of Italy in an entire year. At the same time, rather than being an independent feast - and as such, the most singularly important one of the year - the Venetian Christmas was also part of the city's famous Carnevale, which at this time lasted for almost six months. This lent a rather special character to the celebrations, compared with for instance the more clerically inclined Rome. We know that much of the Christmas festivities - in churches, in the streets or at private parties - involved music, but very little of the actual repertoire has been identified. Possibly this is also a reflection of the role of Christmas in Venice - although a festive occasion, it wasn't an isolated one, and much of the music heard at Christmas would or could be played on suitable feast days throughout the year. Together with the soloists Ruby Hughes and Komalé Akakpo, Martin Gester and Arte dei Suonatori have constructed a colourful programme of music that we either know or can easily conjecture was being played during a typical Venetian Christmas. Naturally it includes music by Antonio Vivaldi, the city's great son, as well as by Johann Adolph Hasse, who throughout his life was a regular visitor, and who spent his last ten years there. It also features the psaltery or salterio, an instrument beloved by the Venetians, heard here as solo as well as continuo instrument. Three of the works by Vivaldi are performed in versions prepared by Olivier Fourès, and are recorded here for the first time, including the Andante 'Il Riposo per il Santissimo Natale' with Ewa Goli?ska, co-leader of Arte dei Suonatori, as violin soloist.

£10.49 (£13.99)
Image THE NAXOS BOOK OF CAROLS
Putting together a collection of carols at the beginning of the 21st Century is at once a daunting and a liberating task: tunes and words alike have acquired the privilege of tradition, but also its plasticity. Carols are part of a living ritual which grows and evolves every generation:composers, singers, and listeners have each added their interpretations and memories, which makes finding the 'authentic' version of a Christmas carol usually both hopeless and pointless. The melodies that have survived havemostly done so because they are great tunes, now indelibly associated with the events of Christmas re-enacted and celebrated each year in church, on the street, in the pub and at home. This collection is made up of 24 carols arranged in four sequences, each focusing on a different part of the Christmas story. The arrangements are all new, commissioned by Naxos specially for this recording,and tread a careful line between familiarity and novelty. The customary alternation of unaccompanied verses, descants and last-verse harmony has been followed in most of the best-known carols; but there are also plenty of surprises to be unwrapped. The arrangements are designed for widespread use: it should be possible to sing along with the tune in each verse, while the choral parts are almost never in more than the standard four: soprano, alto, tenor and bass.

£5.99 (£7.99)
Image Christmas Music
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Image The Cambridge Singers Christmas CD
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Image Christmas with the Tallis Scholars
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Image A Tapestry of Carols
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Image FROSTY THE SNOWMAN
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Image WINTER LULLABIES
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Image O Come All Ye Faithful: Favourite carols for Chris
A new recording of well-loved and traditional carols for the festive season. The timeless appeal of this Christmas music is embodied in beautiful performances of O come all ye faithful, Hark the herald angels sing, In the bleak midwinter, God rest ye merry, gentlemen and many other favourites. Evocative and glorious, the carols on this disc range from the moving melody of In the bleak midwinter to the exuberant celebration of Christ’s birth in Hark the herald angels sing. Some of the carols on the disc are traditional tunes whose roots stretch back to time immemorial. Carol and Lullay, Lullow have words and music written by anonymous medieval poets, proving that some of the sentiment we associate with Christmas is as timeless as these tunes. This selection of popular carols features performances from some of the UK’s best singers, including several acclaimed choirs from the colleges of Oxford University. The carefully selected programme includes both traditional and modern arrangements, designed to evoke the atmosphere of a typical Christmas carol service.

£6.74 (£8.99)
Image Praetorius: Christmas Music
Michael Praetorius was a hugely versatile German composer. His 1603 post as Kapellmeister in Wolfenbuttel necessitated extensive travel throughout Germany, enabling him to establish widespread acclaim as a conductor and musical advisor. Praetorius's church music is much less known today than it should be, partly because of the sheer volume that he composed. This beautiful selection of hymns, chorales and carols attempts to reproduce the effect of a performance under Praetorius's direction; soloists are drawn from the choir and instruments of late sixteenth- or early seventeenth-century design are used.

A glorious early Baroque Christmas treat'(Harmonia)

'Well crafted music, sensitively performed and recorded'(Gramophone)


£7.49 (£9.99)
Image Advent At St Paul's

"This truly rich advent feast is performed wonderfully well on all counts and can be highly recommended"

(Organists' Review)

Every year on Advent Sunday St Paul's Cathedral in London holds an Advent Carol Service. This recording captures the mood and structure of this event, presenting a selection of the music which might be performed in its liturgical order. The Church's preparation for the coming of Christ begins in contemplative mood with the plainchant processional Laudes Regiae and the famous Mattins Responsory ('I look from afar ... '). The wealth of music that follows is typical of the approach of this choir: traditional favourites such as Hosanna to the Son of David and the Parsons Ave Maria rest alongside contemporary works from composers such as John Rutter, Richard Lloyd and Philip Wilby. This album-and the hypothetical service-comes to an end with a joyous arrangement of the great hymn O come, O come, Emmanuel; an organ toccata on the same theme by Andrew Carter acts as the voluntary.

£7.49 (£9.99)
Image Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: The Ballets
This special collection includes three Royal Ballet performances of Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpieces: Anthony Dowell’s majestic production of the beautiful and romantic tragedy Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty in its detailed re-creation by Monica Mason of the landmark 1946 production, and Peter Wright’s classic production of the quintessential Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker. These spectacular and iconic ballets present the virtuosity and skill of the whole Company. 'Osipova was riveting throughout... [Golding] demonstrates real brilliance and prowess.' ( Swan Lake - The New York Times). 'Fresh and reinvigorated [...] Francesca Hayward dances like a dream child as Clara, expressive, musical and guileless and is ably partnered by Alexander Campbell as Hans-Peter' (The Nutcracker - The Stage). 'If you want spectacle at the ballet then this Sleeping Beauty is for you. Based on the opulent production that reopened the Royal Opera House after the Second World War, Monica Mason and Christopher Newton’s staging is a sumptuous homage to the splendour of the French court of Louis XIV' (The Sleeping Beauty - The Times).

£22.49 (£29.99)
Image Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: The Ballets
This special collection includes three Royal Ballet performances of Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpieces: Anthony Dowell’s majestic production of the beautiful and romantic tragedy Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty in its detailed re-creation by Monica Mason of the landmark 1946 production, and Peter Wright’s classic production of the quintessential Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker. These spectacular and iconic ballets present the virtuosity and skill of the whole Company. 'Osipova was riveting throughout... [Golding] demonstrates real brilliance and prowess.' ( Swan Lake - The New York Times). 'Fresh and reinvigorated [...] Francesca Hayward dances like a dream child as Clara, expressive, musical and guileless and is ably partnered by Alexander Campbell as Hans-Peter' (The Nutcracker - The Stage). 'If you want spectacle at the ballet then this Sleeping Beauty is for you. Based on the opulent production that reopened the Royal Opera House after the Second World War, Monica Mason and Christopher Newton’s staging is a sumptuous homage to the splendour of the French court of Louis XIV' (The Sleeping Beauty - The Times).

£26.24 (£34.99)
Image Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio
“Jauchzet, frohlocket!” For many people, the introductory trumpet and timpani sounds of the Christmas Oratorio are just as much a part of Christmas as the festive meal on Christmas Day. Johann Sebastian Bach‘s famous six cantatas are undoubtedly among the most popular and most commonly known works of music of all time. Written for the Thomanerchor Leipzig and performed for the first time between Christmas Day 1734 and Epiphany 1735 in St. Thomas Church and St. Nicholas’ Church in Leipzig under the direction of the Thomaskantor himself, this music has been an integral part of the choir’s calendar ever since. In 2018, under the direction of Bach‘s 17th successor Gotthold Schwarz, the Thomanerchor and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig continued this tradition with an internationally renowned ensemble of soloists.

£22.49 (£29.99)
Image Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio
“Jauchzet, frohlocket!” For many people, the introductory trumpet and timpani sounds of the Christmas Oratorio are just as much a part of Christmas as the festive meal on Christmas Day. Johann Sebastian Bach‘s famous six cantatas are undoubtedly among the most popular and most commonly known works of music of all time. Written for the Thomanerchor Leipzig and performed for the first time between Christmas Day 1734 and Epiphany 1735 in St. Thomas Church and St. Nicholas’ Church in Leipzig under the direction of the Thomaskantor himself, this music has been an integral part of the choir’s calendar ever since. In 2018, under the direction of Bach‘s 17th successor Gotthold Schwarz, the Thomanerchor and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig continued this tradition with an internationally renowned ensemble of soloists.

£22.49 (£29.99)
Image Christmas History
Simon Russell Beale takes a journey through Italy, Britain, Germany and Austria as he explores how the sound of Christmas has evolved in response to changing ideas about the Nativity. His story takes us through two millennia of music, from a fragment of papyrus preserving the earliest known piece of Christian music to the stories behind Hark! The herald angels sing, Silent Night and In the bleak midwinter, and the work of popular Christmas composer, John Rutter all performed by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. A CHORAL CHRISTMAS; Simon Russell Beale introduces a programme of choral music for Christmas from across the centuries, featuring performances of some of the works featured in the accompanying documentary. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, perform music including J.S. Bach's harmonisation of the medieval carol In dulci jubilo, A spotless rose by Herbert Howells and the Christmas text O magnum mysterium, set as a motet by Tomas Luis de Victoria.

£11.24 (£14.99)
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