Various Artists

Greatest Christmas Show on Earth

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Continuing their series of THE GREATEST (blank) SHOW ON EARTH compilations, the good folks at Decca/London have assembled this Christmas collection from their vast catalog. The recordings range over 40 years and include many of the greats of classical music singing and playing the best-known and most beloved Christmas music. There are carols from cathedral choirs, carols from opera singers, and generally plenty of holiday cheer to go around.

With 42 tracks and not a bad apple among them, it's difficult to single out outstanding performances, as there are so many. With choirs directed by David Willcocks and Stephen Cleobury, two recognized lights of British cathedral music, and an array of singers from Domingo to Te Kanawa, you just can't go wrong. THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS SHOW ON EARTH truly offers something for everyone. Put it in the CD player and call your friends for a cup of wassail, or settle in to watch the Yule log, or gather your family and sing along!

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:36
2 2:40
3 5:28
4
4:29
5 2:05
Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
6 1:55
7
3:13
8 2:15
9 3:38
Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7)
10 6:42
Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56
11 4:24
12 2:48
L' Enfance du Christ, oratorio for soprano, 2 tenors, baritone, 3 basses, chorus & orchetsra ("trilogie sacrée") H. 130 (Op. 25)
13
5:02
Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, schlafe, holder süsser Knabe"), song for voice & piano ("Mille Cherubini in Coro"), D. 498 (Op. 98/2)
14 4:05
15 3:55
16 4:06
17 5:01
18 1:56
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
19
3:11
20 2:50
21 3:05

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:21
2 2:45
3 4:04
4 5:08
5 2:59
German dances (3) for orchestra, K. 605
6 2:54
7 3:13
8 3:06
9 2:44
10 1:49
11 4:29
12 3:21
13 4:31
14 1:44
15 2:05
16 2:17
Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra
17 3:02
Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71
18 10:35
19 3:54
20 6:10
21 3:53
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