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Christmas World Music

You knew that Christmas is celebrated in many countries, but did you know how much Holiday music comes out of those countries? You do now. Whether the groups are singing the Holiday music well-known around the planet, or the lovely music indigenous to one particular country, the music is wonderful and the message is communicated in any language. Some of these songs are indicative of centuries-old traditions that predate the birth of America; take the chance and explore a beautiful-sounding history!

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African Children's Choir : African Christmas

Review: Friends in the West International, sponsors of East Africa's African Outreach Academy, have a new CD by the African Children's Choir, and a new Christmas musical (which we are encouraged to perform in our communities to raise money for African children), The First African Christmas, songs from which are the first 8 tunes: the reggae-flavored "Message for Africa," "God's promise from long ago," "The Wise Men rap, " "The gifts," "Shepherd's carol," "Philip's song," "Gift for the King," and the music from "Gift for you to sing." Following are 6 more Christmas tunes, the a cappella "Betelehemu," "Go tell it on the mountain," "Have you any room for Jesus?", "Bed of straw", "Drummer boy" and "Silent Night." Most songs are accompanied. New energy and spirit for a timeless story from a talented Choir.

Songlist: Message for Africa, God's promise form long ago, The Wise Men rap, The Gifts, Shepherd's carol, Philip's song, Gift for the King, Christmas Celebration Songs:, Betelehmu, Go, Tell it on the Mountain, Have you any room for Jesus?, Bed of Straw, Drummer Boy, Silent Night

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6961c | 1 CD | $14.98 || African Choral Music

Anuna : Christmas Songs

Review: Mixed-voice Irish folk ensemble Anuna, founded in 1987 by Dublin composer Michael McGlynn to explore the music of the ancient Celts, have recorded a self-titled debut album - and after recording a short choral piece called Cloudsong used by Riverdance, toured with the dance troupe and recorded the album "Riverdance the Show." Most of the 13 cuts on "Christmas Songs" were arranged by Michael McGlynn, and "Codhlaim Go Suan," the lovely "Christmas Day Is Come," "Pie Jesu" and "Hymn to the Virgin" were written by McGlynn. "Winter, Fire and Snow" is also a group original. The haunting, surreal harmonies of Anuna lend a surprising flavor to carols like "Away in a Manger," "The Wexford Carol," "Riu Riu," "Silent Night" and "The Coventry Carol." Unique and startlingly beautiful. Some light accompaniment.

Songlist: Away in a Manger, The Wexford Carol, The First Day, Riu Riu, Silent Night, Coventry Carol, Codhlaim Go Suan, Christmas Day is Come, Winter, Fire and Snow, Pie Jesu, Hymn to the Virgin, O Holy Night, There Is No Rose

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9852c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Irish Vocal Harmony

Aquabella : Kykellia

Review: Bremen, Germany-based 5-woman World a cappella group Aquabella, after impressing us with "Nani Dschann" and "Aquabella," bring us a unique Christmas CD, "Kykellia, or the Story of Christmas." 19 songs, some favorites are the rhythmic "Breaths," the spirited "Sneig Sniedzinis Putinaja," the chant-like "Vila Moma," a nicely-arranged "Wexford Carol," a latin-flavored "Los Reyes Magos" (with drum accompaniment), a bluenote "Noel nouvelet" that seques into a dance rhythm, the ringing chant "Schen char wenachi," the Maori song "Nga iwi e" (also with drums), and the moody "Shalom Aleikhem" and "Kling no, Klokka." Exotic, beautiful music in different languages, and from different cultures, that relates to the celebration of Christmas. Another winner from the sweet, harmonic voices of Aquabella!

Songlist: Maria durch ein' Dornwald ging I, Breaths, Kyrie, Snieg Sniedzinis Putinaja, El cant dels ocells, Vila Moma, Maria durch ein' Dornwald ging II, Wexford Carol, Los Reyes Magos, Noel nouvelet, Maria durch ein' Dornwald ging III, Schen char wenachi, Birjina gaztetto bat zegoen, Jesous Ahatonhia, Nga iwi e, Shalom Aleikhem, Kling no, klokka, Maria durch ein' Dornwald ging, Wolgadeutsche Weihnachtsweise

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9867c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella |

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Bulgarian Voices : Chants de Noel

Review: The Choir of Sofia, conducted by Ludmila Dimova, interprets the songs of Christmas in the tradition of the Bulgarian polyphonies. Between classical music and folk-world music of the eastern countries; like the successful Mysteries of the Bulgarian Voice with its antique, pre-Christian and Hellenistic roots, the Choir interprets with grace the songs of Western heritage: Silent Night, Tino Rossi's Petit Papa Noel, Jingle Bells, Schubert's Ave Maria and more. A new discovery of these Christmas songs' heritage for every age.

Songlist: Silent Night, Hey Maiden, A Virgin Is Bearing Today, Get Up, Host, Jingle Bells, Foom, Foom, Le Petit Papa Noel, It Will Snow, Ostinato, Dignity, Glorify, Ave Maria, In Suffers is Bearing Mother Mary, Many Years, The First Noel, Deck The Halls, We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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9913c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella |

Bulgarian Voices - Angelite : Angels Christmas

Review: Singing is an important tradition in Bulgaria, especially at Christmas, whether at church or caroling in people's homes. There is a unique sonority specific to Christmas within the incredibly rich musical palette. This recording contains Bulgarian folk carols, Orthodox Church music and more familiar Christmas tunes, such as "Silent Night." The simple melodies and sincere lyrics of these songs will bring joy and peace to your Christmas celebration.

Songlist: Rozhdestveni kambani (Christmas bells) - Petar Liondev, Koledna nosht (Christmas night) - Petar Liondev, Koledna pesen (Christmas song) - Gentcho Gentchev, Momata s chudna riza (The lass with a spended dress) - Georgy Petkov, Divnitza (Wonderful star) - Gerogy Petkov, Koledna zvezda (Christmas star) - Stefan Dragostinov, Bogorodize Devo (Holy Virgin) - Orthodox / arr. Priest Kiril Popov, Sveti Petar (Saint Peter) - Petar Liondev, Hei pastiri (Hey, shepherds) - trad. Arr. Georgy Petkov, La Notte Di Natale (Christmas night) - Silvio Pedrotti/ arr. Ivan Spassov, Vitleemska zvezda (Ihr Kinderlein, kommet) - arr. Alexander Josiffov, Koledna prilazka (A Christmas tale) - Georgy Petkov, Tiha nosht, svjata nosht (Silent night, Holy night) - Franz Gruber / arr. Alexander Josiffov, Rozhdestvo Hristovo (Christmas) - Dobri Hristov / arr. Georgy Petkov

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7291c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Female Choral Christmas CDs

Cor Madrigal Vocal Ensemble : Catalan Christmas Carols

Review: Since 1967 the Cor Madrigal commissions from a different composer each year the harmonization of a traditional Catalan Christmas carol. After many years this initiative has allowed the choir to compile an important archive of scores and has contributed to the updating and regeneration of these beautiful songs. The carols that make up this recording are all traditional Catalan melodies and presents a varied range from well-known carols and popular melodies to more elaborated compositions which, without losing the traditional essence, treat the works in a more modern setting. A very interesting and enjoyable recording!

Songlist: El Dimoni Escuat - Casanas, El Rabada - Oltra, El Petit Vailet - Pastrana, Les Besties Al Naixement - Sans, El Desembre Congelat - Vivancos, Sant Josep I La Mare De Deu - Jorda, Vos Sou La Meva Prendeta - Casanas, Fum Fum Fum - Cervera, Nit De Vitlla, Nadal - Bibiloni, Bressol De Nadal - Bibiloni, La Pastora Caterina - Marti, Del Cel Baixen - Oltra, Les Dotze Van Tocant - Just, Cap A Betlem Van Dos Minyons - Pastrana, Canco De Bressol - Pons, Ball Rodo - Mompou, El Pobre Alegre - Bonet, El Noi De La Mare - Cervera, Cap A Betlem Caminem - Marti, Deu Vos Guard Josep - Marti, Canco De L'infant - Oltra, El Cant Dels Ocells - Ribo, Pastors - Ben Alegres - Boliart, Cantem Al Xiquet - Gil-Tarrega

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8573c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Latin American Choral

Don Cossack Choir : In Dulci Jubilo

Review: The Christmas concert, with Russian and German Christmas carols, was recorded in one of Germany's most beautiful Baroque churches. In addition to the well known sacred songs such as "In dulci jubilo" and Russian pieces like "Gospodie Pomuli", Wanja Hlibka delved deeply into the ways of both cultures. The a cappella version of "Es ist ein Ros entspungen", for example, enchanted the 1700 concert goers with the Kosaken's Russian melancholy..... a moving and grandiose experience. The church's interior, when one considers the basilica's dimensions, presents a challenge to a vocal ensemble. With a depth of over eighty meters, it requires the vocal power of the Russian operatic soloists comprising Wanja Hlibka's choir to elicit the necessary charisma from the vocally sophisticated arrangements and to captivate the audience in the way that they did. The atmosphere of the concert, dependent on the desired expression and dynamic, ranges from a peaceful, quiet, almost gentle honoring of the child in the manger to an enormous room-filling song of praise proclaiming the joy at the birth of the Redeemer.

Songlist: Credo, Neude Freude Ist Uber Uns Gekommen, Christus Ist Geboren, Gott Sei Mit Uns, In Dulci Jubilo, Oh Kommet Ihr Glaubigen, Tedeum Laudamus, Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen, Gospodie Pomilui, Sisser Die Glocken Nie Klingen, Russischer Weihnachtsgesang, Die Glocken Von Jerusalem, In Der Kirche, Leise Rieselt Der Schnee, Ich Bete An Die Macht Der Liebe

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8468c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Russian a cappella

Glasgow Phoenix Choir : Caledonian Christmas

Review: The Glasgow Phoenix Choir was founded in 1951 and since then has been at the forefront of popular choral music in Scotland and Beyond. "Caledonian Christmas" is the choir's second recording on the Scotdisc label and follows on from the highly successful "Highland Cathedral". The content is a mixture of seasonal Music old and new, Scottish favorites and other items in a diverse collection of songs which should evoke romantic, and wistful thoughts of Scotland at Christmas wherever you are.

Songlist: Jingle Bells, The Very Best Time of Year, Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas Song, Silent Night, Iona, Highland Cathedral, Caledonia, The Way Old Friends Do, Scotland, My Song, Medley: A Merry Little Christmas, Deck the Halls, Child in a Manger, Good King Wenceslas, Merry Christmas Jazz, The Little Drummer Boy, Farewell my Love, My Ain Folk , Auld Lang Syne

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4217c | 1 CD | $16.95 |

Grupo Canto Coral : A Musical Christmas in Colonial South America (Convidando esta la Noche)

Review: Want to add a little spice to your holiday celebrations? Look no further than this delectable disc. The Grupo Canto Coral has meticulously researched the musical traditions of the Spanish missions in the New World and have assembled a vivacious program of 17th and 18th century seasonal favorites. The sounds of the high baroque blend with Native American melodies and infectious Latin rhythms to create a most unique and joyous disc. Whether are a early music aficionado, a Latin music buff or simply looking for that really special Christmas CD, the Grupo Canto Coral deliver the whole enchilada!

Songlist: Convidando esta la noche, Ay, andar , Mi nino dulce y sagrado, Cachua a voz y bajo al nacimiento de nuestro Senor Jesucristo, Para divertir al nino, Desvelado dueno mio, Vaya de gira, Avecillas sonoras, Silencio pasito, Guineo a 5, Dame albricia mano Anton, Los coflades de la estleya , Chistus factus est , Tane Gil tu tamborino, Hola, hala, que vienen las gitanas, A cantar un villancio

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7907c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Latin American Choral

Jitro Children's Choir : Jan Jirasek - Czech & Moravian Christmas Carols

Review: Czech composer Jan Jirasek (b. 1955) was awarded the prestigious Czech Lion Award for his film music in Wild Flowers and An Ambiguous Report About the End of the World. His work has been represented at numerous venues and festivals throughout the world since 1989, and he has taught at several prestigious universities in Europe and the US. Over the last 40 years, the JITRO children's choir have toured extensively, performing over 2,800 concerts worldwide and recorded over 30 albums. The choir has been directed and conducted by Jiri Skopal since 1977.

Songlist: At Midnight on Christmas, Brothers I Have Heard, The Famous Day, I, Little One, Glad Tidings, Let Us Go to Bethlehem, Oh, the Holy Time of Christ, Hey Happy Tidings, The Sitting Farmer, Praise the Lord Jesus, On What God Sits, One Week Before Yuletide, Sweet Water Flowing, Dear God Above, Peace, Happiness, Good Healh, Dew Is Falling, We Welcome You, Dear Jesus, I Went A-Carolling, There Was a Well-Trod Path

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22276c | 1 CD | $16.95 |

Kitka : Winter Songs

Review: This recording showcases material ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols and lush, meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works, to pre-Christian incantations for the longest nights of the year and Hebrew folk songs for Chanukah. Highlights include Tec Peleite Zernju Zogtu, an ancient Latgalian (Eastern Latvian) Winter Solstice song invoking the god of the heavens and the goddess of the Sun; Koledni Pesni, a medley of Bulgarian folk carols recalling the nativity sung in the traditional antiphonal village style; and Byla Cesta, a poignant 19th-century Moravian carol. Other pieces include the sublime 12th-century Georgian hymn to the Virgin Shen Khar Venakhi; and a collection of joyful Shchedrivki, songs sung for the traditional Ukrainian New Year festival of Malanka. Wintersongs was recorded in the world-famous acoustic environment of the Skywalker Studios in Marin County by Leslie Ann Jones, and was produced by Grammy-nominated Bay Area vocalist and band leader Linda Tillery.

Songlist: Tec, Peleite, Zernju Zogtu (Latvia), Byla Cesta (Moravia), Domnulet Si Domn Din Cer (Romania), Zamuchi Se Bozha Majka (Bulgaria), Alilo (Georgia), Otche Nash (Russia / Bulgaria), Sculati Gazde, Nu Dormiti (Romania), Betlehem, Betlehem (Hungary), Dostokno Jest (Bulgaria), Oj, Jak Priletaly Taj Dva Sokolonky (Ukraine), Nova Radost' Stala (Belarus), Oj, U Horodi (Ukraine), Bozha Zvezda (Bulgarian Macedonia), Ayios Vasilis (Greece), Hubuva Milka (Bulgaria), Tsarsko Momce Kon Sedlae (Bulgaria), Ma Navu (Israel), Shen Khar Venakhi (Georgia), Shchedrick (Ukraine), A v Jerusalime (South Russia / Ukraine)

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9824c | 1 CD | $14.98 |

La Colombina : Christmas in Spain

Review: The ensemble La Colombina, founded in 1990, was named after a late fifteenth century music volume, now preserved at Seville's Colombina Library. Cosmopolitan and very Latin in character, the ensemble consists of an Argentinean, an Italian and two Catalans, specializing in Renaissance and early Baroque music, religious as well as secular, and singing mostly a cappella.

Songlist: Versiculum: Domine labia mea aperies; Intonatio: Deus in adjutorium; Responsorium: Domine ad adjuvandum me, Invitatorium: Christus natus est nobis, Hymnum: Jesu Redemptor omnium; V. Tu lumen et splendor Patris; V. Gloria tibi, Domine Ensalada de Navidad, Desnudito parece mi Nino, Ven y veras Zagalejo, Romance: Llegan los quatro al portal, Romance: Sea para bien el Hijo Divino, Este Nino se lleva la flor, Naci tamboriler y sustentar me quiero, Oy la musica del cielo, Un relox a visto Andres, Antiphona: Dominus dixit ad me, Responsorium: Pastores, dicite, quidnam vidistis? , Responsorium: O Magnum mysterium, Responsorium: Beate viscera Mariae Virginis, Oy, Joseph, se os da en el suelo, Motetus: Ad tantae Nativitatis, Hymnus: Crudelis Herodes; V. Ibant Magi quam viderant; V. Gloria tibi, Domine, Antiphona: Magi viderunt stellam, Los Reyes siguen la' strella, Ensalada: La Trulla

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6006c | 1 CD | $18.95 |

Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares : Bulgarian Custom Songs

Review: The famous choir named The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices conducted by Dora HRISTOVA again conveys its challenge to Bulgarian folk music lovers, this time with their interpretation of songs from the most widely spread and cherished customs, those at Christmas and at St. Lazar's Day. The songs sung at Christmas and St. Lazar's Day lend specific colour in the repertoire of many ensembles. This programme is a successful attempt to select songs which represent a comparison between the two customs. Christmas is celebrated on the day when the church commemorates Christ's nativity. Yet the deep meaning of the custom is in the ancient pagan beliefs about the birth of the new sun. There are young men-Christmas-carollers and their leader is always an older man, called stanenik. According to the custom, the time for Christmas celebration is specifically set - from midnight till sunrise. The Christmas carollers make their rounds always starting to the west. They sing songs glorifying the host in every house and bless him for health and fertility. In their turn, the hosts present them with Christmas ring-shaped buns decorated with a coin and meat, beans, etc.

Songlist: First Song on the Road, Second Song on the Road, We Sing A Song for You, Cheers, Cheers to You, Master of the House, Beautiful Milka, We Sing A Song for You, A Girl Bragged, A Mighty Boy Is Saddling His Horse, Turbid Waters Were Flowing, Song on Going Out of the House, Oh, Lazar, Lazarski Bouenets, Lazar Is Coming, Lazar Is Roaming, There's A Willow, There's No Willow, Lazarska Song for the Bride, Lazarski, Beautiful Girl, Young Girls Lazaritsi, Well Aren't We Dancing, Strapping Nikola, Mother's Only Son, Lament for Lazar

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9816c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Female Choral Christmas CDs

Lingonberries : Winter - Swedish Christmas Songs

Review: Swedish 3-woman, 1-man folk quartet The Lingonberries bring us their second sweet, melodic CD, "Swedish Christmas Songs." Twelve songs, (which has always seemed to us the best number for a Christmas CD) all sung in Swedish. But listening to "Jul, Jul" we realized that the language difference means very little here. There are a couple of carols we know, "Det Ar En Ros Utsprungen" (the traditional German carol "Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming") and "Stilla Natt/Silent Night." Listening to "Nar Det Lider Mot Jul," "Hosianna," ""Goder Afton," "Lusse Lella," "Nu Tandas Tusen Juleljus" or "Bereden Vag For Herran"--for the first time out of context, we would still know from the phrasing, and the feeling that comes through the singers that they are Christmas songs. Invite The Lingonberries and add an international flavor to your Christmas celebration!

Songlist: Glans Over Sjo Och Strand, Bereden Vag For Herran, Jul, Jul, Nar Det Lider Mot Jul, Glad Dig Du Kristi Brud, Det Ar En Ros Utsprungen, Hosianna, Stilla Natt / Silent Night, Adam Lay Ybounden, Im Herbst, Lusse Lella, Nu Tandas Tusen Juleljus

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9814c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella |

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Moscow Boys Choir : Christmas Around The World

Review: This internationally renowned boys choir performs Christmas music from around the world. Led by Ninel Kamburg, listeners are transported to far away places as the choir showcases classics. Featured on this disc are such favorites as "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "Jingle Bells" and their beautiful rendition of "Silent Night" plus moving classical standards as Bach/Gounod's "Ave Maria." This group will warm your hearts this holiday season.

Songlist: The Christmas Song , God Is With us , The Little Drummer Boy , O Tannenbaum , Carol of the Bagpipers, Masters In This Hall , Ave Maria , Le Bonne Nouvelle, Fum! Fum! Fum! , Maoz Tsur , Christmas In Killamey , Silent Night , Feliz Navidad, Jingle Bells , We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Traditional)

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7341c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Russian a cappella

Orphei Drangar : Christmas Music

Review: The world renowned Orphei Drangar, treats us to a variety of Christmas songs from around the world, including Scandinavia, Germany, England and France. Selections include Gustaf Nordqvist's sweet lullaby "Jul, jul stralande jul," "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl and "Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen." Conducted by Robert Sund, this wonderful choir is joined by soprano Christina Hogman and baritone Peter Mattei with Bengt Forsberg on organ. This is a simply beautiful recording.

Songlist: Hosiana, Nar det lider mot jul, Jul, jul, stralande jul, Bereden vag for herran, Psalm 24, Betlehems stjarna, Forunderligt at sige, Giv mig ej glans, Op. 1 No. 4, Hodie Christus natus est, Ave Maria, Ave Maria, Die Konige, Stille Nacht, Est ist ein Ros' entsprungen, Joy to the World, O Come, all ye Faithful, How far is it to Bethlehem?, Anonymous: Ding dong! Merrily on High, Anonymous: Coventry Carol, Anonymous: A la nanita nana, Cantique de Noel, Anonymous: La Marche des rois, Anonymous: Quelle est cette odeur agrable?

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7047c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Men's Choir Christmas

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Rajaton : Joulu

Review: "Joulu" contains new and old Finnish Christmas music in Finnish only. All the liner notes and song titles are in Finnish, but the music speaks for itself quite eloquently. On this double album the first disc is a studio album with six new songs and five new arrangements of well known Christmas carols. Three of them are known globally: Jingle Bells, Christmas Song (by Mel Torme) and Silent Night. The second album was recorded in a church and contains both classical Finnish Christmas choral pieces by Sibelius, Madetoja, Palmgren and others and contemporary music as well as new arrangements of two traditionals. The three men and three women of Rajaton have a bright, smooth, confident, infectious sound that leaves us wanting to hear more. From the vocal trumpets on the opening cut "Joululaulu" and marvelous vocal percussion on "Pukki tietaa," to the sweet, soaring "En etsi valtaa, loistoa" and "Jouluhymni," each song is a perfect, harmonic jewel. We have been very impressed with previous Rajaton CDs, and "Joulu" is another recommended winner! Nice full-color individual photos of the group in the liner notes.

Songlist: Jouulaulu, Tonttu, Tahtilaulu, Ketun joululaulu, Pukki tietta, Kulkuset, Varpunen jouluaamuna, Talvi-iltana, Joulun neiet, Jouluyo, juhlayo, Joululaulu, Seimeen syntynyt, Jeesuslapsen joululahjat, Jeesuksen seimella, Ja neitsyt pikku poijuttansa, Joululaulu, Toivioretkella, En etsi valtaa, loistoa, Hiljene, maa, Vuotaa armo, taivaan ilo, Jouluhymni, Heinilla jarkien kaukalon

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4534c | 1 CD | $29.95 | A Cappella || Vocal Jazz Christmas CDs

RIAS - Kammerchor : Stille Nacht - German Carols

Review: Christmas has always been a feast of particular importance in German tradition. A large number of works have been written specially for the occasion, right up to the twentieth century. This anthology offers a specific choice of Romantic and post-Romantic pieces for a cappella choir.

Songlist: Tristet mein Volk, Macht hoch die Tur - Lasset uns frohlocken, Unser lieben Frauen Traum, Es kommt ein Schiff geladen, Das Volk, das im Finstern wandelt, Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe , Kommt und laBt uns Christum ehren, Un dulci jubilo - O freudenreicher Tag, LaBt uns das Kindelein wiegen, Mein Herz will ich dir schenken, Schlaf, mein Kindelein, Das Wort ward Fleisch, Kommet, ihr Hirten - Auf, auf, ihr Hirten, Herbei, o ihr Glaub'gen, Kindelein zart - O Jesulein suB, Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Frohlocket, ihr Volker auf Erden - O du frohliche

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7803c | 1 CD | $16.98 | A Cappella || German Choral Music

Seattle Pro Musica : Weihnachten - A German Christmas

Review: This large (76 mixed voices) award-winning (ASCAP Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music) brings us a sumptuous collection of sacred Christmas music by composers from the 16th century (Praetorius, Philipp Nicolai, Heinrich Schutz), to the 19th century (Brahms, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Franz Gruber's "Stille Nacht") to the 20th century (the seven movements of Hugo Distler's "Chorale Motets from Die Weihnachtsgeschichte," Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria"). Biebl's "Ave Maria." A timeless piece like Praetorius' "In dulci jubilo," with its beautiful, ringing harmonies, soars and amazes as it did when first performed four hundred years ago!

Songlist: Resonet in Laudibus, Puer natus in Bethlehem, Wie Schon leuchtet der Morgernstern (Nicolai), Wie Schon leuchtet der Morgernstern (Praetorius), Wachet auf (Nicolai), Wachet auf (Praetorius), In Dulci Jubilo (Berlin Codex), In Dulci Jubilo (Praetorius), Deutsches Magnificat, Der Englische Gruss, Marias Kirchgang, Der jager, Ave maria, Wihnachten, Am Neujahrstage, Im Advent, Ave maria, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, Das Roslein, das ich meine, Meine Seele erhebt Gott, den herren, Das Blumelein so kleine, Die hirten zu der Stunden, Lob, her sei Gott, dem Vater, Si subgeb wir all Amen, Stille Nacht

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7557c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || German Choral Music

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Solstice : Winter Solstice

Review: Veteran all-women septet, and one of our favorite World/Folk groups, we watched Solstice do the Bay Area proud by winning the Regional and placing 3rd in the 2007 National Finals. Urged by their friends and families to release a Holiday CD, the group finally and happily fulfilled this longtime dream, and Becca, Emily, Kim, Krista, Lark, Mari & Sara did it wonderfully! Choosing little-known, difficult classical tunes like Cortland Bender's lovely "Rosa Mystica," Francisco Guerrero's "A Un Nino Llorando Al Hielo" and Thomas Weelkes' "To Shorten Winter's Sadness," from the 15th and 16th centuries; beautifully arranged traditional carols like Bernard de la Monnoye's "Patapan," "Deck the Hall," and Franz Gruber's "Silent Night;" and popular Christmas songs like Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here," Tommie Connor's "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and Alfred Burt's "Caroling, Caroling;" along with the rich traditional Hebrew song "S'Vivon" and other favorites, make "Winter Solstice" a very special 15-cut collection that is sure to brighten your holiday for years to come!

Songlist: Nowell, Nowell, Out of Your Sleep, Deck the Hall, S'Vivon, Rosa Mystica, Corpus Christi Carol, Patapan, Nova, Nova, Ave Fit Ex Eva, Christmas Time is Here, Tyrley, Tyrlow!, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, A Un Nino Llorando Al Hielo, Caroling, Caroling, Jul, Jul, To Shorten Winter's Sadness, Silent Night

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2680c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella |

Tapiola Children's Choir : Tapiola Choir Christmas

Review: Over three decades have passed since the founding of the Tapiola Choir, then known as the Tapiola Children's Choir. Shortly after their founding, in 1973 they released "Tapiolan Joulu" ("Christmas With Tapiola"). If you have ever heard that classic album you can't help but be moved by the bell-like chime and purity of the children's voices. On this new Christmas recording the Tapiola Choir, long since recognized as an international treasure, creates a richer, more mature sound with the addition of a couple of dozen young adult voices belonging to the 'seniors.' The choir's founder, Prof. Erkki Pohjola wished to share the experience of creating this recording with former members because this is to be his last as conductor and director of the choir. Additionally, the breadth of the arrangements was enhanced by use of orchestration which never occludes the beauty of the choir and special guest Jorma Hynninen, the celebrated Finnish operatic baritone. The recording begins with an a cappella version of the Australian folk song, "Mary, Handmaiden of the Lord" which was the first three part song ever sung by the original "Choir of the Lower Forms of Tapiola Secondary School." Progressively the song list increases in festivity, youthful fun predominates, and then imperceptibly the feeling returns to the original spirit of Christmas until, finally the choir closes the recording with the a cappella "At Christmas, God Came on Earth." This beautiful recording is not only a testimonial to the young singers of Tapiola but a superb passing of the musical baton to the new conductor, Kari Ala-Pollanen.

Songlist: Maria, Herran piikanen, , God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, O Holy Night / Oi, jouluyo, The Joy of Giving, Kulkuset fantasia / Fantasy on Jingle Bells, Tonttujen joulukuusi / Elves around the Christmas Tree, Nigra sum / I Am Black, Noel des enfants qui n'ont plus de maisons, Kuului laulu enkelten, Go, Tell It on the Mountain, Foudu, satakiel, Katso, ihme taivainen, En etsi valtaa, Ioistoa, Maa on niin kaunis, Jouluna Jumala syntyi, Joulukranssi kuudella kielella, - Joulun kellot / Softly, Softly, - Nu tandas tusen juleljus / A Thousand Candles Burning Bright, - Tiliseb tiliseb aisakell / Jingling, Jingling Sleigh Bells Ring, - Leise rieselt der Schnee / Silent Sleeps the Singing Snow, - Mele kalikimaka, - Entre le boeuf.../There in the Hay of the Ox's Stall, - Arkihuolesi kaikki heita / Cast off Thy Everyday Cares

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6413c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Childrens Choir Christmas

The Outback Singers : Christmas in Australia

Review: It's impossible not to enjoy these songs from famous Australian Choral group The Outback Singers, featuring classic Christmas hits as well as favorite hymns.

Songlist: Christmas Song, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Little Drummer Boy, Jolly Saint Nick, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Deck the Halls, Joy to the World, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, The First Noel, Christmas is Christmas all Over the World, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, Sleigh Ride, Winter Wonderland, Ding Dong Merrily on High, Good King Wenceslas, Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Wonderful Christmas, Silver and Gold

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Trapp Family Singers : Christmas with the Trapp Family Singers

Review: Who doesn't know the dramatic and true story of the Von Trapp Family, who escaped from their Austrian homeland under the Nazi occupation? This singing family relocated to America, where they performed and recorded for many years. No novelty act, the ensemble, under the direction of conductor Dr. F. Wasner, sings first-rate a cappella arrangements (with the exception of "Ihr Kinderlein Kommet") of European carols, such as the Italian "La Canzone Di Natale," the Tyrolean "Es Hat Sich Heut Eroffnet" and the Polish "Shepherds Come A-Running." Some of these melodies will be familiar to American audiences, but some will not, which is part of their charm. This 1950's era mono recording is clean, present, and immediate; the vocal blend of the group is so natural and perfectly pitched, it requires nothing to complete it.

Songlist: Deck the Halls, Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen, Hirten, Wachet Auf!, Zu Bethlehem Geboren, A La Nanita Nana, El Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant, La Canzone Di Natale, Es Hat Sich Heut Eroffnet, Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head, Shepherds Come A-Running, Lobt Gott Ihr Christen All Gleich, Es Wird Scho Glei Dumpa, Nu Ar Det Jul Igen, Ihr Kinderlein Kommet, Der Scheibendudler, Carol of the Drum, Deine Wangelen, Weihnachtslied (Silent Night)

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6427c | 1 CD | $12.97 | A Cappella || Childrens Choir Christmas

Vesnivka : Angels In Heaven - Ukrainian Christmas Carols onsale

Review: Ukranian Christmas Carols - Kolyadky - (1 - 11) are sung from Christmas Eve - January 6 (according to the Julian Calendar) to Epiphany on January 19. These songs can be traced to pagan times. With the introduction of Christianity in Ukraine in 988, pagan songs were replaced by Christian carols and hymns. Shchedrivky - New Years song - (12-17) also have pagan roots and herald the New Year which starts January 14. These delightful folk songs with their charming rhythmic melodies, express wishes for health, wealth and happiness.

Songlist: God Is With Us Tropar of the Nativity of Christ , The Bright Star (arr.N Nyzankiwskyj, Y.Poliansky), Joyous Tidings (arr. Y. Yatsynewych solo A. Yaschyshyn), Wondrous News (arr. O. Koshytz), Behold a Miracle (arr. L.Sorochynsky, L. Kuzmenko, orchestral arr. G Kulesha), The Joyous Birth of Christ (Y. Yatsynewych), Angels In Heaven (O. Koshytz), A Soldier's Carol (Z. Lawryshyn), Chernobyl Carol (J. Kytasty - words and music solo H. Feloniuk), Holy Night (arr. M. Hajvoronsky), Heaven and Earth Rejoice! (H. Havryletz), The Queen's Court (H. Havryletz), Return of the Swallow (arr. E. Pip), Good Wishes for the New Year (arr. M. Dauk, Z. Lawryshyn), Shchedryk (T. Stasiuk), Shchedrivonjka (arr. M. Dacko, orchestral arr. Z Lawryshyn), Beyond the Courtyard (arr. M Hajvoronsky)

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7823c | 1 CD | $3.95 || Female Choral Christmas CDs

Voz en Punto : Mexico en Navidad

Review: Three-Man, two women a cappella ensemble from Mexico, Voz en Punto is a spirited, talented quintet with fine harmonies, arrangements and a nice, clean sound, and the extensive liner notes have all lyrics and lots of info about the group. Unfortunately for this English speaker, all this information, as well as everything on all the websites about the group we found, is in Spanish. But certain things are pretty clear: There are 18 cuts and most of the material is traditional and sacred music, for example Tomas Luis de Victoria's "Ave Maria," Hernando Franco's "Sancta Maria," "Dios Itlaconantzine," "Jesos de mi goracon," "Eso rigor e repente" and "Mano fasiquivo." Some of it is funny in a manic sort of way; examples of this are Jose Galvan's "Navidad mexicana," "El nacimiento," "Elintercambio" and Son Veracruzano's "El tilingo navideno." The bottom line is, Voz makes fine harmonies, looks young and attractive, has a good sense of humor, and judging by the number of websites about them, has a legion of appreciative fans!

Songlist: Las posadas, Arrullo, Oiga morenita, Navidad mexicana, Letania, Ave Maria, Sancta Maria, Dios Itlaconantzine, Jesos de mi goracon, Eso rigor e repente, Mano fasiquiyo, Nochpochtzine, A wue la gusto, Por el valle de rosas, El nacimiento, El intercambio, El tilingo navideno

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7773c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Latin American Choral

Zambian Vocal Group : Christmas in Zambia

Review: "Yesu Nafyalwa" is a tasty Christmas collection by two amazing all-male Gospel a cappella ensembles, 8-man Zambian Vocal Group and 12 man Zambian Vocal Collection. Each group sings 5 rhythmic gems, strong originals like Daniel Mwanza's spirited title tune, Jason Banda's soaring "New Born King," and nicely arranged covers of "Angels We Have Heard On High," "Silent Night," "Away In A Manger," "Go Tell It On The Mountain" and "Owenseko" (Joy to the World) that are as beautifully and harmoniously sung as we have ever heard them. Listen to "Tamani Mphamvu ya Yesu" (Praise to Jesus), the rousing Spirituals "When Was Jesus Born" and "Good News," and try to keep yourself from moving-or being moved. Treat yourself and your loved ones to "Yesu Nafyalwa!"

Songlist: Angels We Have Heard on High, Yesu Nafyalwa (Jesus Is Born), New Born King, Silent Night, Tamani Mhamvu Ya Yesu (Praise to Jesus), When Was Jesus Born, Good News, Away in a Manger, Go, Tell it on the Mountain, Owenseko (Joy to the World)

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9925c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella |

Bjorn Griesheimer : Carols of the World

Review: This collection of carols, arranged by Bjorn Griesheimer, explores the wide diversity of Christmas carols from around the world. With a colorful variety of styles and various possible combinations of voices, arrangements that may be performed a cappella offer interesting and challenging material for many choirs. Including carols from all five continents, from countries as diverse as Tanzania, China, Ecuador and Australia. In simple arrangements for mixed choir and includes pronunciation tips for foreign languages.

Songlist: Africa: Christmas (Congo), Christ is born (Egypt) - The redeemer was born (Ethipia), Welcome, silent night of peace (South Africa), Born in a manger (Tanzania), Asia: Today is the feast of birth (Armenia), Holy night is pure, holy night is calm (China), The morning sun is ascending (Japan), Bright voices are heard (Syria), Happy is this hour (Philippines), Australia: The three drovers (Australia), Carol our Christmas (New Zealand), Europe: Silent, silent, silent (Austria), Silent night, holy night (Austria), A child born in Bethlehem (Belgium), Christmas (Bulgaria), Rejoice, you nations (Croatia), Listen, listen, you shepherds (Czech Republic), A child was born in Bethlehem (Denmark), Softly, softly (Finland), Between the ox and the grey donkey (France), The divine child is born (France), The bell is ringing (Estonia), Angels in our fields (France), Oh come, little children (Germany), Mary went through a thorny wood (Germany), From heaven above to earth I come (Germany), The first Nowell (Great Britain), The cherry tree (Great Britain), We wish you a merry Christmas (Great Britain), Christ was born (Greece), and more

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2947b | Songbook | $22.95 | SATB | A Cappella || Christmas World Music Arrangements

Bob Chilcot (Edited by) : World Carols for Choirs

Review: Bob Chilcott and Susan Knight have searched the globe for vibrant, exciting music representing a wide range of choral traditions and styles-from a powerful arrangement of an old Armenian hymn to a percussive Dominican "villancico," a carol in the style of Nigerian art music, a Polish folk carol, a new arrangement of popular Canadian carol, and much more besides. Each piece may be sung in its original language or in English, and pronunciation guides are provided for those who wish to sing the original texts. This collection will help to refresh the repertoire of choirs the world over, with most pieces suitable for choirs of all sizes and abilities.

Songlist: Villancio De La Falta De Fe, Khorurd Metz, Southern Cross, Kuttun Kantak, Nu Is Die Roe Van Jesse, Acalanto Para O Menino Jesus, The Huron Carol, Notre Divin Maitre, Llega la Navidad, Nuud ole, Jeesus, Kiidetud, Tuikkikaa, Oi Joulun Tahtoset, Ainsi Que Parmi La Pree, Suser Die Glocken Nie Klingen, Krismas Dodzi Vo, Nagykarcsony Ejszakajan, Immanuel Oss I Natt, Carul Failte, Infant Joy, Jajang, Jajang, Ahgi Yesu, Dedziet Skalu, Putietguni, Lullaby Carol, Amuworo Ayi Out Nwa, Det Hev Ei Rose Sprunge, Hej, Hej, Lelija!, Ena Noc Polna Veselja, Susa Ninna, Ett Nyfott Barn, Im Silbernen Wassergrund, My Dancing Day, Who Is The Baby, and more

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9095b | Songbook | $22.95 | SATB || Christmas World Music Arrangements

Bob Chilcot (Edited by) : World Carols for Choirs SSAA recommended

Review: Bob Chilcott and Susan Knight have searched the globe for vibrant, exciting music representing a wide range of choral traditions and styles-from a powerful arrangement of an old Armenian hymn to a percussive Dominican "villancico," a carol in the style of Nigerian art music, a Polish folk carol, a new arrangement of popular Canadian carol, and much more besides. Each piece may be sung in its original language or in English, and pronunciation guides are provided for those who wish to sing the original texts. This collection will help to refresh the repertoire of choirs the world over, with most pieces suitable for choirs of all sizes and abilities.

Songlist: Looys parats (The Light of Glory), An Australian Christmas, Oi Bethleem! (O Bethlehem!), Omnes nu laet ons gode loven (Now Let Us All Praise God), Acalentando Jesus (Sleep, little Savior), The Huron Carol, Notre divin Maitre (Our master, Lord Jesus), Cantemos a Maria (Let us sing to Mary), Nuud ole, Jeesus, kiidetud (Now blessed by thou, Christ Jesu), On lapsi syntynyt meille (A Son to us is given), Vieux Noel pour les Tout-petits (Awake, awake!), Nikolauslied (St Nicholas Song), Pastoral (Angels Bright), Jol, Oigbhean a chanaim (I sing of a maiden), The Divine Image, Ju nashuhtdah (Jesus is born), Sudrabina lietins lija (See the silver rain is falling), Indigo I, Amuworo ayi otu nwa (For unto us a child is born), Det hev ei rose sprunge (A spotless rose), Tarice-lamance w cudownej stajence (Joyous Dances), Susa ninna, Ett Nyfott Barn (A Newborn Child), Auf, ihr Hirten, von dem Schlaf (Wake up shephers from your sleep), Sussex Carol, Jesus, Jesus, rest your head, Who is the baby?, Ananaya, nanay (Christmas Carol)

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9411b | Songbook | $21.95 | SSAA || Christmas World Music Arrangements

Einojuhani Rautavaara : Our Joyful'st Feast

Review: This Christmas carol, commissioned by the Finnish broadcasting company Yle and first performed in Helsinki by Helsinki Chamber Choir, conducted by Nils Schweckendiek, is based on three texts, two by William Shakespeare and one by George Wither. The largely homophonic textures combine with Rautavaara's characteristically rich and often chromatic harmonies to form a very effective and satisfying work, a bit different from the usual Christmas offering.

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7811b | Songbook | $4.50 | SAATTBB | A Cappella || Christmas World Music Arrangements | Einojuhani Rautavaara

Jeff Sandstrom : Aloha, Christmas

Review: When Mom and Dad and the kids get to Grandma's Hawaiian home this year, they realize it's a going to be a different kind of Christmas. Unlike before, Grandma is going to the beach, scuba diving, swimming, and skipping! Grandma, or Tutu, as she prefers to be called, has discovered that she has much to offer in life and teaches her family that Christmas is truly special.

Songlist: Aloha Christmas Finale, Be The Lantern, Christmas Is Gonna Be Diff'rent This Year, Christmas Rocks, He Is Born, The Holy Child, Lullaby Of Love, Mele Kalikimaka, There's Gotta Be More

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7436b | Songbook | $7.95 | 2-Part |

Marian Dolan : An International Christmastide

Review: An international collection of Advent/Christmas and Epiphany choral music which represents countries as diverse as India, Korea, Palestine, Venezuela and Sweden. Both accessible and eclectic, This music is suitable for worship and concert use, written by leading composers of that region of the world. Series editor Marian Dolan, has traveled the world in search of interesting, lesser known choral music. She brings the best of her discoveries to this series.

Songlist: Sankta Lucia, Hoosianna, Sculti, sculati, boira mari, Como sucedio (How It Happened), Peace Child, Kyrie, O Lamb of God, Prayer for Justice, Mary's Salidummay, Ososo (Come Now, O Prince of Peace), Tropar Na Rozhdestvo (Your Birth, O Christ), In dulci jubilo (Nar juldagsmorgon glimmar), O Jesu parvule (Ett barn ar fott), Ubi sunt gaudia (O, du saliga), Sheng-ye qing, sheng-ye jing (Holy Night, Blessed Night), Gloria, Neturtas (Child of the Manger), From East to West, Christmas Psalm Refrains, Let the Heavens Rejoice, The Splendor of the Lord, Worship the Lord, All Kings Shall Bow Down, Karthar Ivarey (God of All Gods), Cum Dung to All a'We, Yo soy la luz del mundo, Psalm 84, Hanure Binnanun, To the Unnamed Light, Blagri (Beatitudes)

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4316b | Songbook | $6.95 | SATB |

Paul J. Christiansen : Beautiful the Sky: Four Scandinavian Carols

Review: Beautiful the Sky is a collection of beloved Scandinavian Christmas anthems by Paul J. Christiansen, edited by his son Erik Christiansen. These gorgeous settings evoke a sense of their homeland and would stand as beautiful additions to your church's Christmas worship service or concert program. The texts are presented in both English and the original language.

Songlist: Christmas Comes Again, This Happy Christmas, Joyous Christmas Song, Oh, How Beautiful the Sky

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7805b | Songbook | $4.95 | SATB | A Cappella || Christmas World Music Arrangements

Peter Schubert : French Noels

Review: These Christmas songs have been chosen from those transcribed by Andrienne Block and are particularly interesting because the music was originally composed for secular texts, and the Christmas texts were substituted in the following decades. Unaccompanied with rehearsal piano.

Songlist: Chantons, grands et petits, Quand le fils Dieu prit naissance, Votre beaute, Ecoutez la trompette

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6727b | Songbook | $6.95 | SATB | A Cappella || French Choral Arrangements

Satis N. Coleman / Elin K. Jorgensen : Christmas Carols from Many Countries

Review: Arranged for unchanged voices, this collection of old favorites, familiar carols with new settings, carols in original foreign languages and newly translated carols is a great resource for those who want to add a little more repertoire to their Christmas caroling.

Songlist: Adeste Fideles, Although you are so Tiny, Angels we have Heard on High, An Weihnachten, As I sat on a Sunny Bank, As Joseph Was a Walking, As Lately we Watched, Away in a Manger, Bergers, pour qui cette fete, Boar's Head Carol, The, Bring Your Torches, Carol, children, carol, Carol fo the Flowers, Chantons, baries, Noue Noue, Christ-Boy is Born, Christmas Eve is Here, Christmas is Here Again, Christmas Nightingale, The, Christ, Hasten, Ye Shepards, Dame get up and bake your pies, Dear baby Jesus not rest in sleep, Deck the Halls, Die Weihnachts Nachtigall, Der Heiland, Der Hirten, Ein, Entre, First Noel, The, Friendly Beasts, The, From Over the Hills, and more

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9592b | Songbook | $9.95 | SATB | A Cappella || Christmas World Music Arrangements

Simon Halsey : Five Welsh Carols

Review: These lyrical and atmospheric carols for the Christmas season offer choirs the chance of exploring treasures from one of the most musical of nations. The Welsh texts are accompanied by new English singing translations.

Songlist: The Shepherds Were Keeping Their Watch (Roed Yn Y Wlad Honno), Come from Ev'ry Land (Tua Bethl'em Dref) , Come All Christians, Singing (O Deued Pob Cristion), Dark the Night (Seren Bethlehem), Deck the Hall with Boughs of Holly (Oer Yw'r Gwr Sy'n Methu Caru)

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7290b | Songbook | $6.95 | SATB | A Cappella || Welsh Choral Music Arrangements | Faber Choral Programme Series

Various : A Baltic Christmas - 10 Pieces for a Cappella Choir

Review: With captivating settings of Latvian choral music featuring folk songs and poetry by composers Rihards Dubra, Eriks Esenvalds, and Vytautas Miskinis, as well as thrilling arrangements of ancient pagan folksongs by Ilona Rupaine and Juris Vaivods, this exciting anthology of Christmas music from Latvia and Lithuania is perfect for choirs looking to broaden their musical horizons during the festive period.

Songlist: O Emmanuel, At Christmas, Hodie Christus Natus Est, O Radix Jesse, Verbum Caro , A Child's Prayer , The Candles Glow, Nata Lux, Duido , Kalado

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4047b | Songbook | $12.95 | SATB | A Cappella || Choral Arrangements from The Baltics

Various Arrangers : Peace On Earth

Review: 144 carols from around the world including Spain, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico,Denmark, Germany, France, Chile and many others. Quality arrangements that are fun to sing.

Songlist: As Lately We Watched (Austria), The Simple Birth (Belgium), The Huron Carol, Going to Bethlehem (Chile), Quickly Now, O Shepherds (Columbia), Hear, O Shepherds (Croatia), Come, All Ye Shepherds (Czech Republic), A Child Is Born in Bethlehem (Denmark), Away in a Manger (England), Angels We Have Heard on High (France)

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9367b | Songbook | $10.95 | SATB || Christmas World Music Arrangements

Walter Ehret : Christmas Carols of France

Review: A collection of French Christmas carols for unison or 2-part voices with French and English texts.

Songlist: We Sing in Celebration, He is Born, the Holy Child, Angels O'er the Fields Were Singing, O Come Away, Ye Shepherds, The Sleep of the Infant Jesus, What is This Perfume So Appealing?, Neighbor, What Has You So Excited?, O Holy Night, Pat-a-Pan, Ballad of Jesus Christ, Although You Still are Weak and Helpless, Christmas Comes Anew, Sleep, Little Dove, Shepherd, Shake off Your Drowsy Sleep, Whence Comes This Rush of Wings Afar?, March of the Kings, Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella, Touro-Louro-Louro, Whence Art Thou, My Maiden?

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9613b | Songbook | $6.95 | Unison / 2-Part || French Choral Arrangements

Walter Ehret : Christmas Carols of Northern Europe

Review: 38 easy arrangements of traditional carols from the acclaimed arranger Walter Ehret. Text in both English and the native language with carols from Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway and others.

Songlist: O How Joyfully, O Christmas Tree, Ring, Little Bells, O Come, Little Children, In Bethlehem so Lowly, While By My Sheep, Joseph, Dearest Joseph Mine, The Christmas Tree With Its Candles Gleaming, Susani, Come Running, You Shepherds, Shepherd's Cradle Song, Dear Nightingale, Awake, Maria Wanders Through The Thorn, From Heaven Above To Earth I Come, Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light, Beside Thy Cradle Here I Stand, How Brightly Shines The Morning Star, Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, Lippai, As Lately we Watched, The Twilight Is Falling, Above on the Mountain, Silent Night, Holy Night, A Baby In The Cradle, Still, Still, Still, Gloria, The Simple Birth, Today We Welcome a Tiny Child, The Happy Christmas Comes Once More, Lovely Is The Dark Blue Sky, and more

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5275b | Songbook | $6.95 | 2 Parts / Unison || Christmas World Music Arrangements

Walter Ehret : Christmas Carols of Spain and Latin America

Review: A collection of 27 traditional carols for unison and 2 part voices arranged by Walter Ehret. In Spanish with English translations.

Songlist: A La Nanita Nana, Come, My Dear Old Lady, Thou Art Well Content, Foom, Foom, Foom, The Son Of Mary, Holy Joseph And Mary The Maid, King Herod, The Icy December, Carol Of The Birds, We'll Speak Very Softly, O Bethlehem, A Fire Is Started In Bethlehem, Bells Over Bethlehem, O My Loveliest One, In Bethlehem's Cradle, The Holy Child, At The Hour Of Midnight, Song Of The Wise Men, Shepherds In Bethlehem, Happily Singing, We Are Singing, As The Frightened Baby Jesus, The Journey, Going To Bethlehem, Pray Give Us Lodging, The Babe, Hasten Now, O Shepherds

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8112b | Songbook | $7.95 | 2 Parts Unison || Christmas World Music Arrangements

Walter Ehret : The International Book of Christmas Carols

Review: 164 easy arrangements with chords of carols from around the world, complete with lyrics in the original language as well as English. This special collection also includes historical background information on the observance of Christmas through the years and notes about specific carols to give added understanding. Songs are included from England, Italy, Latin America, Spain, Scandinavia, Poland, Czech Republic, and more.

Songlist: Christmas and Its Songs, ENGLISH CAROLS, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Good Christian Men, Rejoice, The Seven Joys of Mary, This Endris Night, Good King Wenceslas, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, Coventry Carol, When Christ Was Born of Mary Free, The Holly and the Ivy, The Friendly Beasts, The First Nowell, Joy to the World, What Child is This? (Greensleeves), While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, Gloucestershire wassail, The Boar's Head Carol, Wassail Song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, On Christmas Night (Sussex Carol), Blessed Be that Maid Marie, A Virgin Unspotted, Once in Royal David's City, Sleep, Holy Babe, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, As with Gladness Men of Old, Angels From the Realms of Glory, Masters in this Hall, I Saw Three Ships, and more

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9612b | Songbook | $24.95 | Unison / 2-Part || Christmas World Music Arrangements

Ken Berg : Three Estonian Carols

Review: Fun settings of a traditional Estonian carols, these secular winter-themed songs reflects on the joys of winter and skating in a gentle waltz feel. Brisk and energetic songs with simple melody, limited ranges and shared rhythmic patters make them enjoyable for high school mixed choirs.. In Estonian, with a pronunciation guide and a singing English translation, this suits both beginning and more advanced mixed choirs, with quick and easy preparation for both choir and accompanist. Both Estonian and English text.

Songlist: Ule Lume Lagedale (Over Snowy Winter Roads), Skating (Uisutamas), Little Tommy's Choir

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7445b | Sheet Music | $5.95 | SATB || Choral Arrangements from The Baltics

Various Arrangers : A Cappella Carols from Around The World

Review: "The Stone House Carol" is based on the old French Carol, "Noel Nouvelet" and has a beautiful melody and words. By joining this with the English Language Easter Carol version, it was possible to write a piece meditating on the Greatest Love (and Sacrifice) of all. After a short mysterioso introduction the main theme is stated three times, at first tentatively, then triumphantly. The final verse returns to the sense of awe and mystery of the introduction, ending with a musical question mark that is perhaps testing our response to the words being uttered. The two popular Swedish Christmas Carols, "Nu Ar Detv Jul Igen" and "Na Juldagsmorgon Glimmar", capture complementary aspects of the Christmas spirit. Nu Ar Detv Jul Igen is in the style of the Hambo, one of the most popular of Swedish folk dances. At Christmas time, the Hambo is danced around the Yule tree by children gaily singing these playful verses. Nar Juldagsmorgon Glimmar is a more expressive carol, filled with the magic of Jesus' birth in the humble manger. Throughout the arrangement, the dance carol should be sung lightly and accented, with a dancing buoyancy. Nar Juldagsmorgon Glimmar should be sung legato with expressive lines and should never be covered by the quicker carol. "Joulupuu on Rakennetu" is a Finnish carol and two Norman Lubuff arrangements makes this a great collection.

Songlist: Haitian Noel, Two Swedish Carols, Gloucestershire Wassail, Whence Comes This Rush Of Wings, Joulupuu on Rakennetu, The Stone House Carol

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8070b | Sheet Music | $9.95 | SATB | A Cappella || Christmas World Music Arrangements

Various Arrangers : Caribbean Christmas

Review: Escape to a tropical paradise this Christmas with this happy holiday song! Bright Caribbean rhythms and buoyant melodies add a special sparkle. "Haitian Noel" - The Haitian folk carol is in the style of a Merengue and will give your concert Caribbean sparkle! A pronunciation guide is provided for the Creole lyrics and English lyrics are also included. "The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy" - This arrangement explores the Caribbean style known as "Afro-Cuban": independent melodic lines with strong rhythmic pulses are superimposed to build up textures that are both rich and translucent. Every section of the choir is spot-lit; every section gets its turn to lead. The piece would especially suit a choir in search of something seasonal but upbeat which is not a "novelty number."

Songlist: Jamaican Noel, Jamaican Noel, Caribbean Christmas Holiday, A Cuban Carol, The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy, Jamaican Noel, Haitian Noel

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2944b | Sheet Music | $9.95 | SATB | A Cappella || Carribean Choral Music Arrangements

Various Arrangers : Christmas A Cappella From Around The World

Review: Christmastime should certainly be a time for peace around the world so add an international flavor to your holiday program by including some Christmas songs from other nations. "Jamaican Noel" is a bright and cheerful original by Kirby Shaw and will surely be heard resounding throughout the halls of your school - it's that irresistible! Noted choral arranger John Bertalot with a delightful arrangement of " Calypso Carol". The traditional Spanish carol " Fum, Fum, Fum" highlights the night of Jesus' birth in joyful celebration! Light vocal style is highlighted by the placement of an "extra" quarter rest! Fresh! The joyful Filipino Christmas Carol "Pasko Na Naman: is a welcome addition to the season. San Francisco conductor and arranger George Hernandez, has masterfully arranged a simple SATB, a cappella setting that simply works!. High school, college and community choirs will love this piece.

Songlist: Fum, Fum, Fum, Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes (Angels We Have Heard On High), Four Carols of Other Nations, Rocking Carol

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9243b | Sheet Music | $10.95 | SATB | A Cappella || Christmas World Music Arrangements

Various Arrangers : Christmas South of the Border

Review: Add a multi-cultural element to your Christmas concerts and celebrate the Navidad season. The Mexican tradition of ""La Fiesta de la Posada"" recreates the search for a room at an inn. This delightful number by Sally Albrecht recreates that tradition in song with an English text that tells the story ("when we light luminarias and swing at the pinata."). Features an optional solo/duet in each verse. "Cantemos" is a beautiful, rhythmic Venezuelan folk carol with an English/Spanish text. "Vamos todos a Belen" - A detailed translation/pronunciation guide makes it easy to master the Spanish text of this traditional Mexican-American Christmas song, or perform it in English. Lilting six-eight piano creates a gentle rocking motion as we sing about going to Bethlehem to see the baby. In the middle, a solo is briefly accompanied by only the chorus before a thrilling modulation and final flourish to the glorious end.

Songlist: La Fiesta de la Posada, El Pequeno Nino (The Tiny Baby), Cantemos, Vamos todos a Belen (Let Us Go to Bethlehem)

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7404b | Sheet Music | $9.50 | 2-Part || Christmas World Music Arrangements

Various Arrangers : Navidad en Espanol

Review: Share the rich culture of a Spanish Christmas with your students. These charming Spanish folk carols will bring joy to every performance. From a variety of cultures these creatively arranged songs will add a multi-cultural element to your concert and will be appreciated by the Spanish speakers in your audiences. Perform them in Spanish, English, or a combination of both.

Songlist: A La Nanita Nana, Three Spanish Carols (Collection), El Noi De La Mare (The Son of Mary), A la Puerta del Cielo, Spanish Allelu

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7429b | Sheet Music | $9.45 | 2-Part || Christmas World Music Arrangements

Various Arrangers : Spanish Carols

Review: A fine collection of unaccompanied Spanish Christmas carols with both English and Spanish text along with a pronunciation guide. The Emily Crocker arrangements, as always, are delightful and are most rewarding in performance. The King's Singers arrangements of three traditional carols are a special treat and the Norman Luboff arrangement of "A La Nanita Nana" is from his Holiday hit album "Songs of Christmas". Rounding out the collection are three arrangements of sixteenth century carols from the New York Pro Musica series.

Songlist: A La Nanita Nana, Riu, Riu, Chiu: El Lobo Rabioso, Adorar al Nino (Come Adore The Baby), Pastores a Belen, Que Regalo? (What Shall I Bring?), Spanish Shepherds' Song, Over All The Land, E La Don Don Verges Maria , Riu, Riu, Chiu, Dadme albricias, hijos d'Eva

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8042b | Sheet Music | $11.50 | SATB | A Cappella || Latin American Choral Music Arrangements

Various Arrangers : World Carols for Upper Voices

Review: The arrangement of "The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy" explores the Caribbean style known as "Afro-Cuban": independent melodic lines with strong rhythmic pulses are superimposed to build up textures that are both rich and translucent. Every section of the choir is spot-lit; every section gets its turn to lead. The piece would especially suit a choir in search of something seasonal but upbeat which is not a "novelty number." The Basque carol "The Angel Gabriel" in an exuberant setting by Audrey Snyder can be performed a cappella or accompanied. A wonderful showcase for SSA voices. These a cappella works are a nice addition to the repertoire for women's chorus and includes "Jetzt ist die rechte Freudenzeit" and" Ecce Maria" (Praetorius) with German and English texts.

Songlist: The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy, Two Baroque Christmas Classics, The Angel Gabriel

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8076b | Sheet Music | $4.95 | 3 Part Treble | A Cappella || Christmas World Music Arrangements

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