Friday, December 2, 2016

December 2016 - Featured Playlist: The Happiest Holidays

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to indulge in Christmas music of all kinds. We can only speak for ourselves, of course, but when it comes to the holidays, genre biases fall to the wayside, and we find ourselves listening to anything and everything. Well, if Nickelback ever puts out a Christmas album, we will have to politely pass on that. But we digress…

Enjoy this hand-picked, diverse collection of tunes as you indulge in the season. Obviously, Christmas reigns in the world of holiday music, but if you instead celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Mawlid al-Nabi, Festivus, or anything else this month, we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful season together celebrating The Happiest Holidays.

To hear the playlist, access NML as usual, go to the Playlists section, and select the Playlist of the Month folder under the Themed Playlists tab. If you are on your institution's premises, you may also be able to access it if you CLICK HERE.

1. Angela Morley – Snowride
2. Leopold Mozart – Divertimento in F Major, "The Musical Sleigh-ride"
3. Frederick Delius – Sleigh Ride
4. Peter Il’yich Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker Suite: I. Overture Miniature (arr. L. Weninger)

5. Gian Carlo Menotti – Amahl and the Night Visitors: Medley 
6. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Christmas Overture
7. Traditional / Robert Bennett / Robert Shaw – Many Moods of Christmas, Suite No. 1: III. Patapan
8. Joan Javits / Phil Springer / Tony Springer – Santa Baby
9. Shira Kammen – Nou Is Yole Comen (arr. B. Branch)
10. Traditional / Simeon Bigney – Bring A Torch / I Saw Three Ships
11. Traditional – Joy to the World (arr. L. Robertson)
12. John Francis Wade – Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
13. John Henry Hopkins Jr. – We Three Kings (arr. P. Knight)
14. Adam Saunders – Fairytale Sleighride
15. Jefferson Mcconnaughey – Christmas Fancy on Bring A Torch
16. Cécile Chaminade – Le Noel des Oiseaux
17. Traditional – Angels from the Realms of Glory
18. Johann Sebastian Bach – Christmas Oratorio, Part I: Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die tage
19. James Whitbourn – Missa Carolae: Gloria
20. Traditional / Alexander Courage – A Christmas Garland 

Each month, Naxos Music Library presents a themed playlist for our subscribers to enjoy. We know that a database of over 1.9 million tracks can be a bit daunting, so we'd like to highlight some of the amazing music that is available to you. Let it kickstart discovery! 

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