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Vocal Harmony Christmas DVDs

There’s a reason that your local public broadcasting station has been airing some of these great Christmas a cappella videos each year – they’re very entertaining, with the vocal music performed by some of the best a cappella groups out there! The difference between watching them on PBS and on DVD, of course, is that with these, you can watch them over and over, and back up to those particularly delicious moments that make Christmas music so popular. Christmas music, performed by some of the top jazz, barbershop and choral groups – you love their year-‘round stuff, now enjoy the holidays with them, year-‘round.

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Ambassadors of Harmony : Sounds of the Seasons

Review: The Ambassadors of Harmony is a chorus committed to both musical and performing excellence. In July of 2009, under the direction of Jim Henry, they won the International Chorus Championship held in Anaheim California, achieving the highest score ever recorded. This was their second championship win, reclaiming the title they had previously earned in 2004. Now, they are pleased to share with you a video presentation of Sounds of the Season 2009. The Sounds of the Season holiday concerts have become a tradition for many of the more than 8,000 patrons who attend at least one of its five performances in St. Louis, MO each year.

Songlist: Happy Holiday/ The Holiday Season, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, The Christmas Song, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!, Sleigh Ride, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Cool Yule, What Child Is This?, Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, Beautiful Savior, If You Love Me, Really Love Me (Hymne a L'amour), Seventy Six Trombones, Jingle Bells, Children, Go Where I Send Thee, I Wonder As I Wander, Deck the Halls, Rudolph. The Red Nose Reindeer, El Yivneh Hagalil- "God Will Build Galilee", O Little Town of Bethlehem, I Saw Three Ships, Mary, Did You Know?, Do You Hear What I Hear, Gloria, Alleluia, Little Drummer Boy, Betelehemu, Silent Night

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5557dvd | DVD | $24.95 |

Blenders : Christmas With

Review: The Blenders have been performing a series of very successful Christmas concerts for many years and now we finally have a chance to see for ourselves what makes the shows so popular. Neither all a cappella nor just Christmas songs the concert is nevertheless a real treat for Blenders fans who enjoy their wonderful harmonies and a blend that can only come after many years of singing together. The all a cappella "Hark The Herald Angel Sings" and "I Wonder As I Wander" are particular treats on this enjoyable live performance footage.

Songlist: Opening Credits, Put a Little Love In Your Heart, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, When it Snows, Audience Greetings, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Walkin' In A Winter Wonderland, I Wonder As I Wander, Do You Hear What I Hear, One Small Child / We 3 Kings, Frosty The Snowman, Audience Greeting 2, I Bought You a Plastic Star (For Your Aluminum Tree), Pure Imagination / White Christmas, Lean On Me, All Wrapped Up, Love Train, End Credits

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2409dvd | DVD | $29.95 |

Chanticleer : Fireside Christmas with

Review: It wouldn't be Christmas without Chanticleer, and this year you can enjoy it beside your own virtual fire. This is not your average Christmas Yule Log. This Yule Log showcases one of the world's leading ensembles performing the pure sounds of music from long ago. Chanticleer's hauntingly beautiful singing captures the true essence and spirit of Christmas past. So forget all that canned Log music, go for the real thing and feel the warmth of your virtual fire throughout the radiant sounds of Grammy award winning Chanticleer. Fireside with Chanticleer features hauntingly beautiful music from their best selling recording Our Heart's Joy.

Songlist: In dulci jubilo, Ave Maria... Virgo serena, Canite tuba in Sion, Quem vidistis pastores?, There is no rose, Nowell, Joseph, lieber Joseph mein, Psallite unigento, Serenissima una noche, El la don don, Riu, Riu chiu, Ave Maria, I wonder as I wander, A hymn to the Virgin, Il est ne le divin enfant, Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, O come, O come, Emmanuel, Silent Night

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4247dvd | DVD | $15.95 | A Cappella || Performance DVDs

Choir of Clare College : Christmas Carols

Review: Enjoy this top-notch choir and get in the Christmas mood by both watching and listening to some wonderful singing directed by Timothy Brown. Filmed at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England

Songlist: O come, O come Emmanuel, King Jesus hath a Garden, The Holly and the Ivy, Once in Royal David's city, Stille Nacht, Personet Hodie, In Dulci Jubilo, While Shepards Watched their Flocks by Night, O come, all ye Faithfull, Coventry Carol, God rest you Merry, Gentlemen, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

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7965dvd | DVD | $14.98 || Choral Performance DVDs

Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Carols from King's - 60th Anniversary Edition

Review: Enjoyed in millions of British homes each Christmas eve, Carols from King's is an enchanting hour and a half of choral worship, always beginning with a lone chorister singing Gauntlett's reverent Once in Royal David's City and concluding with the triumphant Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. This DVD release includes the full 2014 service along with an hour-long BBC documentary narrated by Juliet Stevenson detailing the history of this central component of the British Christmas tradition since 1954. The documentary provides insight into the tradition of selecting the soloists, what goes on behind the scenes, what life is like for a chorister in the Choir, and the impact these experiences have on generations of choristers.

Songlist: Once in royal David's city, Up! good Christen folk Piae Cantiones, A tender shoot O Goldschmidt, Sussex Carol, Stille Nacht, In the bleak mid-winter, It came upon the midnight clear, Gabriel's message, A spotless Rose, Joys seven, God rest you merry, gentlemen, Ding! dong! merrily on high, Noel nouvelet, I saw three ships, The Three Kings, A babe is born, God is with us, Hark! the herald-angels sing, Von Himmel hoch

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7549dvd | DVD | $18.95 |

Concordia Choir : Journey to Bethlehem

Review: The re-imagined Christmas story takes viewers and audience members on a musical "Journey to Bethlehem," combining the pageantry of opera and the grandeur of choral orchestral masterworks. Composer Dr. Rene Clausen weaves sonorous and celebratory Christmas music throughout the concert.

Songlist: There Is No Rose of Such Virtue, E'n So Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Silent Night, Sanctus, Betelehemu, Mannerchor, Estampie Natalis, Veni Sancte Spiritus, I Wonder As I Wander, Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Praise To The Lord, Stay With Us, Compline

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6023dvd | DVD | $29.95 |

Concordia Choir : O Come All Ye Faithful

Review: With almost 20,000 attendees at their annual Christmas series of concerts and the airing on PBS television and radio stations across the nation has certainly made the Concordia Choir a great Christmas tradition for many. The 400 voices celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ with some spectacular arrangements including "Gesu Bambino" and the title track "O Come All Ye Faithful". Two new compositions by director Rene Clausen, who has over the 26 years he has been directing the choir become world-renown, are superb. Always top-notch this choir continues to build upon it's already excellent reputation.

Songlist: Fantasia On O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Watchman, Tell Us Of The Night, O Come Al Ye Faithful, Gesu Bambino, Advent Motet, People Look East, There Is No Rose, Lo, How A Rose E'Er Blooming, ary's Wonder, Lux Aurumque, He IS Born, Jesus Jesus Rest Your Head, Sanctus (From Mass), Hodie Christus Natus Est, Mary Had A Baby, O Day Full Of Grace, Carol Of The Drum, We Three Kings Of Orient Are, Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth, Ring Out Ye Crystal Spheres From Hodie, Compline

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8463dvd | DVD | $24.98 || Choral Performance DVDs

Concordia Choir : O Holy Night

Review: On the cover of "O Holy Night" we see an awesome giant Christmas mural, with the huge Concordia Choir in front of it, and The Concordia Orchestra in the foreground. This massive Christmas celebration has been an annual event for many years, and it just keeps getting bigger and better. 24 songs, with spoken parts, all accompanied, some familiar ("Angels We Have Heard On High," "O Holy Night," "Joy to the World"), some unfamiliar ( "Of the Father's Love Begotten," "Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah," "Calm on the Listening Ear of Night"), but together in sequence they magnificently tell the Christmas story. "O Holy Night" is a triumph, one of the best of the year!

Songlist: Prelude On How Brightly Shines the Morning Star (J. Robert Hanson), Of the Father's Love Begotten, Angels We Have Heard On High (arr. Rene Clausen), O Holy Night (arr. Rene Clausen), There Is No Rose of Such Virtue (Christopher Brown), Light Everlasting (Oloaf Christiansen), Lost In the Night (arr. F. Melius Christiansen), Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah (arr. Wayne Wold), Vene Sanctus Spiritus (Jacques Berthier), All My Heart This Night Rejoices (arr. Ralph Johnson), Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (arr. John Rutter), He Is Born (arr. Donna Gartman Schultz), Before the Marvel of this Night (arr. Carl Schalk), Good Christian Friends, Rejoice! (arr. Paul Nesheim), Calm On the Listening Ear of Night (Kenneth Jennings), Twelfth Night (Samuel Barber), How Great Our Joy (arr. John Rutter), Nowell Sing We, Both All and Some (Raymond Monelle), Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (arr. Paul J. Christiansen), Sussex Carol (arr. Philip M. Young), Jeg er saa glad (arr. Paul Nesheim), Go, Tell It On the Mountain (arr. Carolyn Jennings), Psalm 150 (Alberto Ginstera), Joy To the World (arr. Charles Fosberg), Comline (arr. Rene Clausen)

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6824dvd | DVD | $24.95 | A Cappella || Choral Performance DVDs

Counterpoint : Counterpoint Christmas DVD

Review: The Choral Excellence Series has joined legendary choral conductor and arranger Robert De Cormier to produce a A Counterpoint Christmas -- a fanciful journey around the world during the holiday season. Selections include familiar and less-familiar melodies and carols from around the world ending with the splendid suite of Argentinean Carols, Navidad Nuestra, by Ariel Ramirez. This beautifully-produced DVD will put you in the spirit of the season while presenting a unique collection of exciting Christmas music. If you are looking for something new this holiday season, a Counterpoint Christmas will be a great selection. If you are a teacher needing an activity for a substitute to use, this is a worthwhile way for your singers to spend a class period!

Songlist: One Horse Open Sleigh, Ritsch, Ratsch, Filbom, Christmas In The Southwest, Oh, Mi Belen!, El Desembre Congelat, Alegria, A La Nanita Nana, Las Posadas, Campana sobre Campana, El Belen Tocan a Fuego, El Noi de la Mare, Chiquirrquitin, El Rorro, Away In A Manger, The Wealden Trio, The Souling Song, Navidad Nuestra, Betelehemu

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3033dvd | DVD | $17.95 |

King Family : Christmas With The King Family

Review: Throughout the '60s and '70s, Christmas just wasn't Christmas without the King Family's classic holiday TV specials. In celebration of the 45th anniversary of their television debut, join the Kings as they take a heartwarming and song-filled look back at their classic Christmas specials in this all-new holiday TV event. In clips unseen for nearly three decades (now digitally remastered), The Kings perform a cavalcade of classic showstoppers, while sharing personal, behind-the- scenes memories in contemporary interviews featuring King Sisters Yvonne King and Marilyn King, Tina Cole and King Cousins Cathy, Candy, Ric, Jamie & Xan along with Cam Clarke (anime star and voice of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' "Leonardo") and King Kids Laurette and Susannah. And as a special bonus, this DVD features the King Family's classic 1967 special in its entirety, which includes one of their best remembered TV moments-the surprise Vietnam- era, on- camera reunion of King Sister Alyce with her son Ric, who'd been away on military service. This holiday season make Christmas a family affair with this retro TV holiday delight-as seen on public television!

Songlist: Caroling Caroling/Come Dear Children, White Christmas, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Joy to the World, The Holiday of Love, Silent Night, Hear the Sledges with the Bells, The Little Drummer Boy, The Star Carol/O Little Town of Bethlehem, What Child is This?, Some Children See Him, Jolly Old St. Nicholas/Jingle Bells, The First Noel, Auld Lang Syne, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Sleigh Ride, The Holiday of Love, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas/Santa Clause is Comin' to Town, The Christmas Song/The Christmas Waltz, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Carol of the Bells, We'll Dress the House, Some Children See Him, A Soalin'/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Sleigh Ride, Children Go Where I Send Thee, Do You Hear What I Hear, and more

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5410dvd | DVD | $15.95 || Performance DVDs

Lettermen : The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Review: From The Opening "We Need A Little Christmas" to the ending song, "White Christmas", The Letterman present a heartfelt program of songs from Christmas past and present. Combining their close harmonies with traditional and updated arrangements this concert is abundant with holiday cheer. The audience seems to enjoy the recognizable songs, and the new ones and in several instances sings along. The first half of the show is given over to secular songs and the second to more religious minded themed carols. Whatever the song the Lettermen deliver them in a sound that has become identifiable with them over the years. This concert is family fare to be shared year after year.

Songlist: We Need A Little Christmas , It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Sleigh Ride, Silver Ride, Silver Bells, Medley: We Wish You A Merry Christmas/Deck The Halls/Jingle, Winter Wonderland, Medley: Jolly Old St. Nicholas/Up On Top Of The House, Christmas Morning, Medley: O Come All Ye Faithful/ Joy To The World/Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, Away In A Manger, Silent Night, Mary's Boy Child, The Little Drummer Boy, One Solitary Life, O, Holy Night, It Feels Like Christmas, The Christmas Song, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, White Christmas

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4745dvd | DVD | $14.98 || Performance DVDs

Libera : Christmas in Ireland

Review: This Christmas, boy choir super-group Libera bring their angelic voices and inspiring music to the holiday season with a new CD and DVD: Angels Sing - Christmas in Ireland. The program features beloved carols old and new, sacred and secular, joyful and tender - all recorded live in the radiant ambiance of St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland. This inspiring concert features favorites such as 'Carol of the Bells,' 'Joy to the World,' 'Silent Night,' 'Danny Boy' and more, and the DVD also contains behind-the-scenes documentary extras. Six of the tracks are previously unreleased, and the remaining songs all feature brand-new arrangements made especially for this recording. The distinctive music of Libera has traveled the world, with chart-topping albums and sold-out performances across the globe. The group has performed in front of the Pope during a visit to Yankee Stadium and at the Kennedy Center during a ceremony honoring Beach Boy Brian Wilson. Their signature sound shimmering, mystical chords and harmonies atop traditional and electronic instruments has captured the hearts of music lovers everywhere, and their passionate, dedicated fan base (including over 5 million YouTube views) attest to the enduring power and appeal of this unique group.

Songlist: Joy to the World, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, The Wexford Carol, In Dulci Jubilo, Angels We Have Heard on High, Sanctus, Music Based on 'canon' by Pachelbel, Danny Boy, Carol of the Bells, Holy Night, Still, Still, Still Gaudete, Away in a Manger, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Silent Night, What Child Is This?

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2078dvd | DVD | $22.95 |

Luther College Nordic Choir : Christmas at Luther 2008

Review: "Magnificent" and "Beautiful" are words that come to mind a lot when experiencing this DVD of Luther College's 27th annual "Christmas at Luther" festival, featuring over 600 student musicians in numerous choral and instrumental ensembles. This DVD features the breathtaking music, joyous robed choristers and glowing candlelight that makes "Christmas at Luther" so famous and beloved. The various groups, including Nordic Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Cantorei, Christmas Brass and Percussion Ensemble, Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Norsemen and Luther Ringers, perform individually and in combination to tell the timeless Christmas story in music and narration, from the marvelous "Angels, from the Realms of Glory" by the combined choirs, Symphony Orchestra and organ, to the a cappella solo on "Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow" by Norsemen's Timothy Olstad," you will be moved and touched by "Christmas at Luther!"

Songlist: Angels, from the Realms of Glory, I Was Glad, Comfort Ye My People (from Messiah), Candlelight Carol, Carol of the Birds, Sing We Now of Christmas, I Saw Three Ships, Winds Through the Olive Trees, Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (from An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Hosts), Gloria (from Lord Nelson Mass), About Luther College, Rise Up Shepherd and Follow, Go, Tell it on the Mountain, Before the Marvel of this Night, Farandole (from L'arlesienne, Suite No. 2), Silent Night, Wonderful Peace, Nation Shall Not Lift Up a Sword Against Nation (from Dona Nobis Pacem)

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9056dvd | DVD | $24.95 | A Cappella || Choral Performance DVDs

Manhattan Transfer : Christmas Concert

Review: What's better than hearing Manhattan Transfer sing our favorite holiday tunes? Seeing them sing those holiday tunes,LIVE! Thanks to the awesome sound and picture quality of this DVD, you can watch the internationally acclaimed quartet spread Christmas cheer in your very own living room. It's like having your very own personal concert. All 11 tracks from their earlier CD release, 'The Christmas Album' are presented as well as four solo songs (one for each member of the group). Also included, in the bonus features, is an rare interview with the group, sharing their individual backgrounds, their secret to success, and insight on how they learn their music as a group. This DVD is sure to become a Holiday Treasure and is not to be missed! In Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

Songlist: Happy Holiday, Let it Snow, Christmas Love Song, Santa Claus is Coming To Town, White Christmas, Sleigh Ride, It Came Across A Midnight Clear, Caroling, Caroling, Good King Wencesslas, Christmas Is Coming, Snow Fall, Merry Christmas Baby, Santa Baby, The Christmas Song, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Operator, Happy Holiday (Reprise), Goodnight

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4634dvd | DVD | $19.95 || Performance DVDs

Moscow Boys Choir : Christmas Around The World

Review: The Moscow Boys Choir is a careful blending of heavenly soprano voices with the rich resonance of bass, tenor, and baritone sound that brings a distinct Russian flavor to an all new choral experience. Founded in 1957, this choral ensemble is among Russia's most prestigious all-boy choirs, which is currently under the direction of Mr. Leonid Baklushin. Now for the first time ever, the Moscow Boys Choir is available in the crystal clarity of DVD! This very special performance was recorded in high definition by HDNet TV. Their work with HDNet exemplifies the Moscow Boys Choir's innovative spirit and displays their hallmark cutting-edge style. The significance of becoming amount the very first boys choir's to be broadcast in this new and exciting medium is a tribute to their tremendous talents and will no doubt bring more awareness of and accolades for this truly 21st century ensemble.

Songlist: A Quiet Melody, Angels We Have Heard On High, Ave Maria, Gloria / Kyrie, Hallelujah, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Fum! Fum! Fum!, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, L'Allelujah, Ochi Tchiornye, Evening Bells, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Kalinka

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7801dvd | DVD | $9.95 |

Sixteen : A Christmas History

Review: A fascinating history of Christmas music! CORO brings the next installment of the BBC s groundbreaking TV series, Sacred Music, to DVD. This documentary and concert performance follows The Sixteen and Simon Russell Beale as they explore the history of Christmas music. The story takes us through two millennia of music, from a fragment of papyrus preserving the earliest known piece of Christian music to the stories behind some of our most popular carols. Russell Beale also presents a special Christmas concert featuring full performances of some of the works featured in the documentary performed by Harry Christophers and his award-winning choir, The Sixteen. Bonus features include seven free audio tracks, trailers for Sacred Music: Series One and Sacred Music: An Easter Celebration, biographies, and related CD information.

Songlist: Make us merry, Hodie Christus natus est, O magnum mysterium, In dulci jubilo, There is no rose, Make we joy now in this fes, Hark! The herald angels sing, A spotless rose, In the bleak mid-winter, O magnum mysterium, Silent Night

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4251dvd | DVD | $19.95 |

St. Olaf Choir : Christmas in Norway

Review: This special is the seventh in a popular series of PBS holiday concerts that have featured the St. Olaf Choir. The Christmas concert commemorates the centennial of Norway's independence and the cultural roots of St. Olaf College, founded in 1874 by Norwegian Lutheran immigrants. Singing in the majestic, 900-year-old Trondheim Cathedral was a highlight for the internationally known St. Olaf Choir, which has performed in prestigious music venues around the world since its founding in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, a Norwegian immigrant. Christiansen established the choir's distinctive style of a cappella singing, a tradition carried on today by artistic director and conductor-and St. Olaf College alumnus-Anton Armstrong.

Songlist: Introduction, Canticles Of Light, O Come All Ye Faithful, Lux Aurumque, O Helga Natt True Light, Intermission, Juleverset, O Yule, Full Of Grace, Jeg er sa' glad hver Julekveld, Carol Of The Bells, Lullyby On Christmas Eve, Our Father, Hope For Resolution, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Stay With Us, Beautiful Savior, Light Everlasting, Et Barn Er Fodt I Bethlehem, Julemotet, Geistliches Wiegenlied Op. 91 no. 2, Jeg Er Verdens Lys, O Day Full Of Grace

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7970dvd | DVD | $24.98 || Choral Performance DVDs

St. Olaf Choir : Christmas in Norway 2013

Review: Recorded in the historic 950-year-old Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway in 2013.

Songlist: Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful), The Glory of the Father, The Word Was God, Cradle Hymn, Carol of the Drum, Night of Silence/Silent Night, Na tennes tusen julely, Jeg er sa glad hver julekveld, I Saw Three Ships, Lo, How a Rose e'er Blooming/The Rose, O Day Full of Grace, This Little Light of Mine, Go Where I Send Thee!, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Beautiful Savior, Corde natus ex parentis, Mariavise fra Levanger, Even When He is Silent

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7889dvd | DVD | $28.95 |

St. Olaf Choir : Love Divine Illume Our Darkness

Review: The St. Olaf Choir was formed in 1911 by Dr. F Melius Christiansen, a Norwegian immigrant. So began a tradition of a cappella choral sacred music that remains strong and vital today. 23 pieces, such songs as Edward Elgar's "Adagio," Christiansen's "Light Everlasting," and "The Song Of Peace," Bartholdi's "There Shall Be A Star," Paulus' "Pilgrim's Hymn," Daniel Gawthrop's "Mary Speaks," Paul Lohman's "What Child," our friend Moses Hogan's arrangement of "This Little Light of Mine," Williams' "Dona Nobis Pacem," Hovland's "Stay With Us" and "Beautiful Savior." The music is that of angels, and the focus of this wonderful CD is what the holiday is all about, the birth of Christ. Excellent!

Songlist: Adagio (Enigma Variations) (Edward Elgar), Light Everlasting (Olaf C. Christiansen), Keep Your Lamps (arr. Andre Thomas), There Shall A Star (Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy), Lost in the Night (arr. Kyle Haugen), Pilgrim's Hymn (Stephen Paulus), Adam Lay Ybounden (Richard Webster), All This Night (Robert Scholz), Mary Speaks (Daniel Gawthrop), Gloria (Jeffrey Rickard), What Child (Paul Lohman), Midnight Clear (Russell Schultz-Widmar, arr. Robert Scholz), Come to the Cradle (Cathy and Laura Conger, arr. Robert Scholz), The Song of Peace (Olaf C. Christiansen), The Little Light of Mine (arr. Moses Hogan), Oh, How Joyfully (Andrew Carter), Pat-A-Pan (Hershy Kay), Carols for Choir and Orchestra (arr. John Ferguson), O Day Full of Grace (Christoph E. F. Weyse, arr. F. Melius Christiansen), Dona Nobis Pacem (Ralph Vaughan Williams), Narration, Stay With Us (Egil Howland), Beautiful Savior (arr. F. Melius Christiansen)

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6768dvd | DVD | $24.98 || Choral Performance DVDs

St. Olaf Choir : Where Peace and Love and Hope Abide

Review: F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the Music Department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, planned and directed the first St. Olaf Christmas Festival in 1912. Over the next 96 years the Festival has grown to include, as individual groups and as a massed ensemble, the St. Olaf Choir, the St. Olaf Orchestra, the St. Olaf Cantorei, The Manitou Singers and the Viking Chorus and Chapel Choir. The result of the coming together of all this huge and joyous talent easily fills two CDs, 30 pieces with some narration that tell the story of Christmas, beginning with the all-instrumental "Messiah, Prince of Peace" and ending with F. Melius' gorgeous "Beautiful Savior." It's hard to pick favorites, but "For Unto Us a Child is Born" from Handel's "Messiah," Steven Sametz' "Noel!," Carl Schalk's "Before the Marvel of This Night," Donald Fraser's "This Christmastide" (Jessye's Carol), the 6-part medley "Carols for the Choirs" arranged by John Ferguson, F. Melius' lovely "Lullaby on Christmas Eve" and Arthur Honegger's "And God Said: One Day Shall Dawn" (King David) come easily to mind.

Songlist: PBS Introduction, The Song of Peace, Messiah, Prince of Peace (Trinity Canticles), Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, For Unto Us A Child is Born (Messiah), In Terra Pax (Excerpt), Before the Marvel of this Night, Gloria, In Thee is Gladness, The Christmastide (Jessye's Carol), Conductors' And Students' Comments, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Noel!, Ding, Dong! Merrily on High, Glories Ring, Carols for the Choirs: He Came Down tha We May Have Love, Carols for the Choirs: Love Has Come, Carols for the Choirs: On Christmas Night, Carols for the Choirs: Toda La Tierra (All Earth Is Hopeful), Carols for the Choirs: Jeg er Sa Glad (I Am So Glad), Carols for the Choirs: Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night, Holy Night), Joy to the World, And God Said: One Day Shall Dawn (King David), Beautiful Savior

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8703dvd | DVD | $24.95 || Choral Performance DVDs

Tonic Sol-fa : Christmas

Review: Recorded live from Minneapolis's Orchestra Hall at the culmination of one of their always-sold-out Christmas concerts this DVD finds the award-winning a cappella group returning to its musical roots to deliver what the Pioneer Press calls .. an event as much a party as a concert." "A fine blend, a driving sense of rhythm, and a pitch that's right on target", this DVD puts you front row at the holiday event where Tonic Sol-fa, "...filled the air with a marvelous variety of musical textures."

Songlist: Joy To The World, Come To Save The World, Baby King, Adeste Fideles, Ay Ay Ay It's Christmas, We Owe Them More Than That, On This Christmas Night, King Of Glory, Santa Bring Me My Baby Back To Me, Up On The Housetop, Chances, Long Black Train, 29 Ways To My Baby's Door, Nuttin' For Christmas, Silent Night, God Rest Ye Merry Genltmen, Little Drummer Boy, Grace

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1220dvd | DVD | $19.95 | A Cappella || Contemporary groups DVDs

Tonic Sol-fa : Greatest Time of the Year

Review: The boys are back for their second, nationwide holiday telecast! Filmed over two nights in an intimate Midwestern setting, Tonic Sol-fa channels the halcyon days of the "Rat Pack" with a mix of spontaneity and contemporary flair. Catch the camaraderie, high jinx and, of course, the masterful harmonies of America's premiere all vocal band..

Songlist: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Holiday Road, Angels We Have Heard on High, Holiday Medley, Greatest Time of Year, O Come All Ye Faithful, I Saw Three Ships, Cactus Christmas, Miss You Most (at Christmastime), Rockin' On Top of the World, The First Noel, Do You Hear What I Hear

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5790dvd | DVD | $19.95 | A Cappella |

Various : Holy Russia - The Festival of Christmas

Review: The spiritual culture of Russia is reflected in the beauty of its churches and monasteries, paintings and frescoes that adorn them and - above all - in the sacred music that is sung in them. This program celebrates the history of Christmas in Russia and features 15 beautiful holiday songs. Holy Russia is a vocal and musical treasure that you will enjoy year after year.

Songlist: Today Christ, God Is With Us, From My Youth, The Golden Ring, The Cherubic Hymn, Holy Day Troparion, Song of the Magi, Rejoice the Righteous, Credo, Praise the Lord from the Heavens, Nunc Dimittis, Kaliadka, Epiphany Troparion, The Cherubic Hymn, Praise the Name of the Lord

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6435dvd | DVD | $19.95 || Russian a cappella

Vienna Boys Choir : Christmas With the Vienna Boys Choir

Review: The world-famous Vienna Boys' Choir, under the direction of Georg Stangelberger and Marco Ozbic, sings 15 songs in English and German, including traditional carols and Christmas-related pieces such as "Joy to the World," "Deck the Halls," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and "The Little Drummer Boy." The program takes a look at the choir in formal performance and rehearsal, and also provides some special yuletide scenes of the boys preparing for holiday festivities -- bringing in a tree, putting up decorations, eating treats, and enjoying other Christmas customs.

Songlist: Pueri Concinte, Joy To The World, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The Little Drummer Boy, Joy To The World (2), O Du Frohliche, O Heiland Reiss die Kommet, Stille Nacht, Heilge Nacht, Vom Himmel Hoch, Good King Wenceslas, Deck The Halls, Adeste Fideles, Still, Still, Still

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2077dvd | DVD | $16.95 |

Vocal Majority : A Vocal Majority Christmas

Review: Experience the Vocal Majority Chorus, directed by Jim Clancy and Greg Clancy, in this hour-long DVD produced from live performances of their acclaimed Christmas concerts at the Dallas Convention Center. Acoustix and soloists Steve DeCrow and Jeff Oxley join the Chorus in a program destined to become a holiday favorite. Seventeen songs, some favorites: "Winter Wonderland" (with Jeff Oxley, bass), "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (with Acoustix), "Christmas Time is Here" (with Steve DeCrow, tenor), "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Do You Hear What I Hear?," "Little Drummer Boy," "Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah," and "The Secret of Christmas." Now you can see as well as hear the best barbershop chorus in the world.

Songlist: I'll Be Home For Christmas, Caroling, Caroling, Winter Wonderland (with Jeff Oxley, bass), White Christmas, You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch (performed by Acoustix), Toyland, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Christmas Time Is Here (with Steve DeCrow, tenor), I'll Be Home for Christmas, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Little Drummer Boy, What Child Is This?, O Holy Night, Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah, The Secret of Christmas, I'll Be Home for Christmas (reprise)

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5606dvd | DVD | $19.98 | A Cappella |

Winchester College Chapel Choir : Christmas With

Review: This selection of music for Christmas brings together East and West in the collaboration of Winchester College Chapel Choir and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded live in Hong Kong in December 2004, this disc features a selection of perennial favourites from the Baroque period, including Bach cantatas and Handel's Messiah, and three exquisite modern carols.

Songlist: Corelli Concerto Grosso, From Praetorius to Weir (Four a Cappella), O Come All Ye Faithful, All Bach (4 Excerpts), Handel Concerto Grosso, Handel Messiah, Joy to the World and the First Noel

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6668dvd | DVD | $10.95 |

Straight No Chaser : All I Want For Christmas

Review: The perfect gift for everyone on your list! This special edition 2 CD + DVD box set includes the best selling albums Christmas Cheers and Holiday Spirits, plus a DVD of the group's Live in New York Holiday Edition Concert Special. Included a 14-page booklet featuring childhood photos of all group members.

Songlist: Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jingle Bell Rock, The Christmas Song, This Christmas, Christmas Wish, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Angels We Have Heard on High, Little Saint Nick, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Indiana Christmas, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Carol of the Bells, Silent Night, Auld Lang Syne, The Christmas Can-Can, We Three Kings, Christmastime is Here, Let It Snow, Donde Esta Santa Claus, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Hey Santa!, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch, O Holy Night, Santa Claus is Back in Town, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Jingle Bells, Who Spiked the Eggnog?, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Intro: Bohemian Rhapsody, and more

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6032dvd | DVD 00 2 CDs | $37.95 | A Cappella |

Vocal Harmony Christmas

Christmas - All | Doo Wop | Christian | Vocal Jazz | Contemporary | Barbershop

Choral Christmas | Male Choirs | Female Choirs | Mixed Voice | Early Music | Children's Choirs

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