Various Artists

A Reader's Digest Christmas: The Joy of Christmas

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Performed by a choir and full orchestra, the Reader's Digest Signature Series: The Joy of Christmas is a two-disc, 43-track collection of Christmas favorites. Both religious and secular songs are covered in their traditional arrangements, from "What Child Is This?" to "Ding Dong! Merrily on High" to "Winter Wonderland" to "O Holy Night" to "Silver Bells" to the Nutcracker's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." There's a kind of austerity to the pieces, especially those that feature organ or a sweeping string section, but all are very well performed and enjoyable to listen to.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:35
2 3:51
3 2:35
4 2:15
5 5:16
6 1:51
7 3:52
8 2:11
9 3:50
10 4:34
11 3:06
12 2:51
13 3:11
14 2:37
15 2:33
16 4:04
17 3:36
18 3:20
19 3:14
20 3:47

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Work(s)
1 3:47
The Sound of Music, film score
2 2:27
3 1:52
4 2:56
Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71
5 1:52
Work(s)
6 3:02
7 2:53
8 1:50
9 2:12
Work(s)
10 4:16
Hänsel und Gretel, opera
11
5:41
12 2:51
13 4:04
14 2:52
15 4:49
16 2:41
17 2:46
18 2:17
19 4:59
20 2:03
21 3:59
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