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CHRISTMAS BREAK: A RELAXING CLASSICAL MIX presents a collection of a cappella choral music, solo instrumentalists and full orchestras, encompassing both classical and sacred music. The choral pieces, by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, are aching in their beauty, perfectly capturing the serious and traditional side of the season. Also of note are harpist Yolanda Kondonassis’ solo renditions of “Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella” and “Ave Maria,” David Russell’s gentle guitar take on “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and the Boston Baroque’s arrangement of the “Pastoral Symphony” from Handel’s “Messiah.”


Track Listing:
1. Hark the Herald Angels Sing (with He Is Born, the Child Divine) – Michael Chertock
2. Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella – Yolanda Kondonassis
3. Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming – Robert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
4. The First Nowell – Robert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
5. Handel: Messiah: Pifa (Pastoral Symphony) – Martin Pearlman & Boston Baroque
6. Bach: Chorale Prelude, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” – David Russell
7. I Wonder as I Wander – Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Craig Jessop/Orchestra at Temple Square
8. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves – Leonard Slatkin & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
9. Still, Still, Still – Yolanda Kondonassis
10. Whence Is That Goodly Fragrance? – Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Craig Jessop/Orchestra at Temple Square
11. In the Bleak Midwinter – Robert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
12. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: L’Inverno (Winter) – II. Largo – Joseph Silverstein/Seiji Ozawa/Boston Symphony Orchestra
13. Gounod/Bach: Ave Maria/Prelude No. 1 – Yolanda Kondonassis
14. Coventry Carol – Empire Brass Quintet with Laurie Monahan
15. Angels We Have Heard On High – Yolanda Kondonassis
16. Silent Night (with Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus) – Michael Chertock