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Best of Narada Christmas
Various Artists
Best of Narada Christmas
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Classical
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #2

A superb two-disc set of Narada's finest recording artists, from David Arkenstone and Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel to Nando Lauria and Dordn. Narada has assembled a wide assortment of musical glad tidings that encompass...  more »


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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Best of Narada Christmas
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Narada
Original Release Date: 8/25/1998
Release Date: 8/25/1998
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Classical
Styles: Jazz Fusion, Modern Postbebop, Bebop, Holiday & Wedding, Instrumental, Adult Contemporary, Adult Alternative, Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 724384614126

A superb two-disc set of Narada's finest recording artists, from David Arkenstone and Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel to Nando Lauria and Dordán. Narada has assembled a wide assortment of musical glad tidings that encompass New Age-like pop arrangements with larger ensembles, Celtic interpretations, jazzy and neoclassical pieces, and a host of acoustic readings, the least of which is Billy McLaughlin's "What Child Is This?" Whether you like straight-ahead arrangements like Arkenstone's playful and more produced "I Saw Three Ships," or improvised pieces such as the enchanting rendition of "Carol of the Bells" by Kostia, The Best of Narada Christmas does a good job of pooling the finer works of its artists in one Whitman Sampler that packs value-plus--and enough seasonal atmosphere to turn your listening environment into a shaken snow globe. --Martin Keller

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Fabulous new age (light) renditions of classics.
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Fresh, delightful, very listen-able. Can put it on and leave it go for hours. Sensuous, enthralling and very pleasing -- it always surprises and delights ... even after multiple listenings. Save your $$ on other Narada Christmas CDs... this one IS the best of."
Beautiful, Relaxing Christmas Music
Janet Boyer | Pennsylvania | 11/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This 2-disc set is one of my favorites--and I own over 32 Christmas CD's and over 20 Christmas cassettes.)

Narada is a popular New Age label, and this is a compilation CD from previous Narada Christmas releases. What is New Age music? Many styles fall under New Age music, including neo-classical, instrumental, ethereal synthesized music, Celtic, and light jazz. Some artists don't like to be categorized under New Age, but it's hard to find a place for the beautiful, relaxing, and positive music that often falls under the New Age genre.

This CD features traditional Christmas songs rendered in a non-traditional way, as well as new Christmas songs that are sure to become favorites of the season. There is enough varying of styles to add interest, including songs with beautiful vocals. What you won't find on this CD is drummed up "fake" holiday cheer with songs that grate on your nerves. Every song is truly ear candy that will soothe frazzled holiday nerves and bring the mind and spirit back to a more peaceful and joyful state.

Currently we have both CD's in our car's CD changer, and it was a treat to listen to them as we went Christmas shopping this weekend. Even my 5 year old son called from the back seat "nice singing!" I highly recommend this 2-disc Christmas collection from Narada if you like fresh, inspiring, and pleasant holiday music.

Disc 1

1. I Saw Three Ships - David Arkenstone
2. First Noel - Ralf Illenberger
3. Enniscorthy Christmas Carol - Dordan
4. Il Est Né (He Is Born) - Michael Gettel
5. Joy to the World - Bruce Mitchell
6. Angels We Have Heard on High - David Lanz
7. Away in a Manger - David Darling
8. Silent Night - Tingstad & Rumbel
9. We Three Kings - David Arkenstone
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Michael Whalen
11. Unto Us a Boy Is Born
12. What Child Is This? - Billy McLaughlin
13. Carol of the Bells - Kostia
14. Bring the Torch - Tingstad & Rumbel

Disc 2

1. Gloria - Nando Lauria
2. Silver Bells - David Arkenstone
3. Mistletoe Waltz - Dordan
4. O Come All Ye Faithful - David Lanz
5. O Holy Night - Brian Mann
6. Ding Dong! Merrily on High - Nancy Rumbel
7. Do You Hear What I Hear? - David Arkenstone
8. Ukrainian Carol - Spencer Brewer
9. It Came upon a Midnight Clear - Wayne Gratz
10. Celebration - Tingstad & Rumbel
11. Coventry Carol/Noël Nouvelet - Bob Read
12. O Little Town of Bethlehem/The Holly and the Ivy
13. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming - Sheldon Mirowitz
14. Hallelujah"
Sets a happy mood
cyclista | the Midwest | 11/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What I demand from Christmas music is that it create a mood. I have Christmas music that is reverent, contemplative, festive, playful, or reminiscent of years gone by. I have Christmas music by which to wrap presents, watch a fireplace fire, visit with friends, meditate, clean house, or write Christmas cards. While this CD does not create some of the strong emotional reactions that I have to some Christmas music, it is happy and light. My husband whistles to it. Although there are many spectacular selections, there are few demands from the music to stop everything and listen. For me, this is the music by which to watch it snow, plan shopping trips, or quietly visit with friends. Except for the ending Hallelujah chorus on Disc 2, I would call this Christmas chamber music.Some details: Disc 1 is 60 minutes and Disc 2 is 62 minutes. That is a lot of music for the price. I highly recommend this 2 disc set."