Various Artists

Winter Wonderland [Madacy]

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, and Madacy brings it all home with an ambitious two-CD box of holiday smashes. The first disc is a treasure trove of orchestral Christmas classics, with the ever reputable Mantovani Orchestra dutifully handling the role of translating these holiday anthems into perfect atmospheric background ambience for those family get-togethers. The lush, melancholic, yet equally festive arrangements will be sure to make the evening a memorable, relaxing one. And while the first disc is a plethora of instrumentals, the second disc finds the able-bodied Knightsbridge Choir taking the helm. With their angelic voices, the group works through traditional anthems with grace, poise, and staggeringly good intonation. It's an economically sensible alternative to all of those high-priced compilations that fail to deliver the holiday goods, and the quality is worth every single penny. Simply outstanding.

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