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Christmas Classical, Holiday Classical - Top Ten

PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:40 pm
by kickassclassical
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or even Chrismahanukwanzakah, the holidays are better with the classics!

Yule love these Top Ten Christmas Classical tunes for your holiday playlist!

01.
Tchaikovsky "Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy" from "The Nutcracker" calls to mind children sneaking around the house on Christmas Eve to discover Santa stuffing the stockings.
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02.
Tchaikovsky "Trepak (Russian Dance)" from "The Nutcracker" sounds like a sleigh ride on steroids! Picture dancing Cossacks crossing their arms and kicking their legs high in the air.
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03.
Leontovych "Carol Of The Bells" (Vocal Version) is a perennial favorite, sung by a choir or Christmas carolers.
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Leontovych "Carol Of The Bells" (Instrumental Version) is the same tune, played with Christmas bells.
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04.
Tchaikovsky "March" from "The Nutcracker" is one of the most familiar tunes from the Nutcracker ballet, which is mostly performed during the holiday season.
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05.
Handel "Hallelujah Chorus" from "Messiah" is a joyful, exuberant choral piece. Interestingly enough, "Messiah" was conceived for Lent (leading up to Easter) but is now mostly performed during Advent (leading up to Christmas).
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06.
Tchaikovsky "Waltz Of The Flowers" from "The Nutcracker" is another famous melody from the ballet.
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07.
Bach "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring" is a traditional Christmas favorite.
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08.
Waldteufel "Skater's Waltz (Les Patineurs)" has lots of jingle bells in it for ice skating in the park during winter months. Listen for the orchestral imitation of skaters falling down!
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09.
Tchaikovsky "Dance Of The Mirlitons (Reed Flutes)" from "The Nutcracker" concludes Tchaikovsky's big contribution to this list.
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10.
Schubert "Ave Maria" is the most commonly sung version of the tune, even though it's really called "Ellen's Third Song" from Schubert's 1825 musical "The Lady Of The Lake."
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Put these classics in your iTunes playlist for your holiday celebrations this year and you'll have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny Kaye.

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