Holiday Classics

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Holiday Classics is a compilation made up of tracks from previous Naxos releases by the Seattle Symphony and its director Gerard Schwarz. Five tracks are devoted to selections from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," a perennial holiday favorite. Three are taken from Handel's "Water Music Suite," which, while not related to the December holiday season it would be an unfortunate climate for musicians to be floating on a barge down the Thames, is festive and celebratory. Pachelbel's "Canon" is also included, in a desultory performance that's out of character with the rest of the music on the album, and the remaining tracks consist of orchestral arrangements of traditional ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Holiday Classics is a compilation made up of tracks from previous Naxos releases by the Seattle Symphony and its director Gerard Schwarz. Five tracks are devoted to selections from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," a perennial holiday favorite. Three are taken from Handel's "Water Music Suite," which, while not related to the December holiday season it would be an unfortunate climate for musicians to be floating on a barge down the Thames, is festive and celebratory. Pachelbel's "Canon" is also included, in a desultory performance that's out of character with the rest of the music on the album, and the remaining tracks consist of orchestral arrangements of traditional Christmas carols. Except for the plodding and lackluster "Canon," the pieces are well played and should satisfy listeners looking for orchestral music intended to drum up holiday cheer. Naxos' sound is clean and present.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313267378
  • Catalog Number: 8572673
  • Sales rank: 349,973

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Overture Miniature - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Gerard Schwarz (3:15)
  2. 2 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night) - Franz Gruber & John Cerminaro (6:23)
  3. 3 Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Allegro - George Frideric Handel & John Cerminaro (2:38)
  4. 4 Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: March - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Gerard Schwarz (2:38)
  5. 5 Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement - Johann Pachelbel & Gerard Schwarz (5:13)
  6. 6 O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol - Samuel Jones & Henry Walford Davies (3:44)
  7. 7 Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Bourée - Samuel Jones & George Frideric Handel (2:14)
  8. 8 Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Gerard Schwarz (1:47)
  9. 9 Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Russian Dance (Trepak) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Gerard Schwarz (1:10)
  10. 10 Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Air - George Frideric Handel & Gerard Schwarz (3:41)
  11. 11 Gésu Bambino - Pietro Yon & Gerard Schwarz (5:23)
  12. 12 Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Hornpipe - George Frideric Handel & Gerard Schwarz (2:35)
  13. 13 Coventry Carol (2): "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child" - Gerard Schwarz & Christmas Traditional (4:32)
  14. 14 Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Waltz of the Flowers - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Gerard Schwarz (7:46)
  15. 15 Christmas Medley: We Three Kings of Orient Are / We Wish You a Merry - Gerard Schwarz & Christmas Traditional (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Seattle Symphony Orchestra Primary Artist
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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Great for the holiday season

    This wonderful compilation of holiday music is perfect for holiday entertaining. It could easily be played as light background music for parties, events or just to enjoy as you sit around enjoying the lights of your Christmas tree. It features some well-known pieces from compositions such as the Nutcracker Suite and also introduces you to lesser known holiday classics. There are even some religious works on there as well. A great music CD for the Christmas season.

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