The 2008 Christmas CDs
My wife and I added a few new CDs to our extensive Christmas collection this year. They were:
Sarah Brightman, A Winter Symphony
Nice album, but nothing grabbed my attention too much. I liked her renditions of the Bach pieces Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring and Ave Maria, although technically these aren't really Christmas songs.
Mannheim Steamroller, Renaissance Holiday
A lessor known CD by this group -- it does away with all use of synthesizers relying, on only Renaissance era instruments. It's a fitting CD because there's just somthing just right about hearing certain Christmas carols played in this style of music.
Jazz to the World
Several times I've picked this CD up, only to set it back down. I finally bought it this year when i wanted to hear a complete recording of one the songs, and it wasn't available on Rhaposdy. It's got some good arrangements.
I learned about the following CD while listening to a holiday channel on Slacker Personal Radio. I didn't actually buy the CD but listened to it a number of times through Rhapsody. It was my favorite of the year. Perhaps next year it will be added to the collection.
Trio West Plays Holiday Songs