Celebrate Christmas with award-winning Classical Kids producer Susan Hammond (Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Mozart’s Magic Fantasy) in this holiday collection the whole family will enjoy.
Classical carols and classic poetry combine to tell the story of Christmas, just like the pageants of days gone by. Follow the Three Wise Men as they set out for Bethlehem; meet Saint Nicholas (no, not Santa Claus!); experience the traditions of Christmas around the world. It’s a magical Christmas eve, the celebration of Christmas Day and rejoicing of animals at the manger. Everyone will enjoy the story of why the stork delivers babies, how the robin got its red breast and how tinsel came to decorate our trees.
Features more than 30 traditional carols and holiday songs, including:
Silent Night * O Come, All Ye Faithful * We Three Kings * O Holy Night * Go Tell it on the Mountain * God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen * Handel’s Messiah * Christmas Eve is Here * Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite * Away in a Manger * Polish Lullaby * Angels We Have Heard on High * This Great Day * Joseph, Dearest * O Tannenbaum * Vivaldi’s Winter * The Friendly Beasts * Here We Come Awassailing * and more!
“This album should be in every public library and Christian home.” – School Library Journal
“… you’ll want to find room on your shelf for this one. This recording meets the high standard we expect from Susan Hammond – it’s not a story, it’s a Christmas pageant — one of the nicest I’ve ever heard. Hammond artfully combines music and poetry – the music is elegant, and in Hammond’s trademark style, it’s neither too sophisticated for young minds nor too juvenile for mature ones” – Today’s Parent
“Joyous, exultant, reverent, and magical, this quintessential Christmas album is both exquisitely assembled and executed.” – Booklist
“From the producer of Beethoven Lives Upstairs comes a musical feast that evokes all the poetry and song of a traditional Christmas pageant…” – Parenting
“This soaring collection of carols and poems is a splendid way for adults to share with children some of the classic tales of Christmas….A simple voice and guitar rendition of ‘Silent Night’ is a gift in itself.” – Amazon.com
“Cleverly conceived and lovingly performed.” – Chicago Tribune
“This joyful and reverent blend of poetry, music and history will likely be a welcome addition to many family music collections.” – Publishers Weekly