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The perfect classical Christmas mix

A specially curated 30 minutes of festive favourites and surprises.

Today's In Tune Mixtape is 30 minutes of wall-to-wall festive cheer, including classical favourites from Prokofiev, John Rutter and J.S. Bach. Plus Carl Nielsen puts a spin on a classic carol, we find out what would happen if Mozart wrote one of the finest popular Christmas songs, and things get reflective with Charlie Brown.

30 minutes

Music Played

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Troika (Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op.60)

    Orchestra: Imperial Music Choir. Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov.
    • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 etc..
    • RCA.
    • 8.
  • John Gardner

    The holly and the ivy

    Performer: Simon Lindley. Choir: Huddersfield Choral Society. Conductor: Brian Kay.
    • A Christmas Celebration.
    • Chandos.
    • 9.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Dream on 'Silent Night'

    Performer: Martin Roscoe.
    • Carl Nielsen: Complete piano music: Martin Roscoe.
    • Hyperion.
    • 5.
  • Victor Hely-Hutchinson

    Carol Symphony (Prelude)

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
    • Hely-Hutchinson: A Carol Symphony.
    • Naxos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 (Magnificat anima mea)

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Philips.
  • Jule Styne

    Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

    Lyricist: Sammy Cahn. Music Arranger: Barry Gordon. Ensemble: Hampton String Quartet.
    • RCA.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker - suite (Op.71a), no.2c; Russian dance "Trepak"

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite: Philharmonia/Tilson Thomas.
    • CBS.
    • 4.
  • Vince Guaraldi

    Christmas Time is Here (instrumental)

    Ensemble: Vince Guaraldi Trio.
    • Fantasy.
  • John Rutter

    Star Carol

    Conductor: John Rutter. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Choir: The Cambridge Singers.
    • collegium.
  • Leroy Anderson

    Sleigh Ride

    Music Arranger: Ernest Tomlinson. Ensemble: Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Conductor: Major Peter Parkes.
    • A White Christmas with Grimethorpe.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 4.


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