Christmas Music Part II ~ Classical & Romantic Music


Classical Academy | Musical Occasions
 

Christmas comes in an abundance of styles, genres and forms that have changed and developed over time as composers have responded personally to this special time of year. Enjoy this selection of Classical and Romantic Christmas music, then move on to our selection jazz Christmas music or take a step back in time with our selection of early Christmas music for a complete guide to your festive soundtrack.

 

Let Berlioz take you on a musical journey through the traditional nativity with his L'enfance du Christ, performed here by the London Symphony Orcestra under the baton of Sir Colin Davis.

 

From Liszt's Die Hirten an der Krippe - In Dulci Jubilo to John Rutter's Prelude on 'God rest you merry gentlemen' and Howard Blake's The Snowman, this album is an ecclectic Christmas treat.

 

Let Prokofiev transport you into a magical wintery world of glistening snow as only a Russian composer can do - this album features the delightfully Christmassy Suite from Lieutenant Kije.

 

It's not Christmas without Ode to Joy! Here's Beethoven's Ninth in full.

 

 

Another Russian master of wintery music - this time we turn to Rimsky-Korsakov with The Snow Maiden and, of course, Christmas Eve Suite no. 2.

 

This album transports you through some real Christmas classics and some lesser known works of outstanding beauty. For the essentials, there's Mendelssohns Hark! the Herald Angels Sing and Gruber's Silent Night. We highly recommend the Poulenc for something different - try the etherial O Magnum Mysterium.