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2004 Playlist

** RECORDING OF EXCEPTIONAL MERIT
* RECORDING OF SPECIAL MERIT

In a sense, every recording here is at least somewhat special. Over 200 CDs were auditioned this year for possible inclusion in the show, and only the 100 or so you see below made the cut

BEST BUY - Only one recording got this mark this year--it refers to a recording with quality and value far above price

Sunday December 19 - Choral & Classical I

**The Elmer Iseler Singers "Puer natus in Bethlehem, Alleluia" Tracks 8, 9, 19, 20 CBC Records 
**The Roger Wagner Chorale "Respighi: Laud to the Nativity" Track 1 Clarion Records
Noel Lester "A Classical Christmas" Tracks 4, 5, 6, 7, 2, 3
The Washington Chorus "Sing Noel" Tracks 5, 6, 7, 10Gothic Records
*Cathedral Choral Society "Welcome All Wonders!" Tracks 9, 17, 19, 5 Gothic Records
Madison Symphony Orchestra "A Madison Christmas" Tracks 8-11, 13 Madison Symphony
*St. Charles Singers "Christmas In St. Charles" Tracks 10, 11, 12, 18, 19 Proteus Entertainment
Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus "Celestial Voices" Tracks 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20 Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus
The Cathedral Singers "Catholic Christmas Classics" Tracks 4, 5, 7, 14 GIA Publications
Louis Thiry "Olivier Messiaen: La Nativite du Seigneur" Tracks 5 & 9
*Elektra Women's Choir "Child of Grace" Tracks 2, 3, 6, 19, 20 Skylark Music 
**Chor Leoni "Yuletide Fires" Tracks 3, 5, 9, 15 Skylark Music 
*Tonus Pergrinus "The Naxos Book of Carols" Tracks 15, 16, 21, 24 Naxos USA
Cantus "Comfort and Joy, Volume One" Tracks 6, 9, 12, 13, 16 Cantus
Rachel Segal "Merrily On High" Tracks 3, 10, 12, 16 Snailmail: Lowflying Angel Productions, 3527 Oaklawn Avenue Suite 507, Dallas, TX 75219
BEST BUY Polyphony "A Christmas Present From Polyphony" Tracks 2, 4, 7, 16
*National Lutheran Choir "A Holy Solemnity" Track 1National Lutheran Choir 

Monday December 20 - Pop & Rock

Mae Robertson "December Sky" Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 8 Lyric Partners
Carl Vasta "It's Christmas" Tracks 3, 5, 6 Carl Vasta
Three of Cups "Sweet Hope of Glory" Tracks 2, 3, 7, 10, 11, 12 Three of Cups
Mollie Magee "The Star Carol" Tracks 2, 4, 5, 8 Mollie Magee
Robert Mosci "Holidays" Tracks 3, 4, 6, 7 Zographia
*Kerry Getz "It's A Wonderful Life" Tracks 4, 6, 7, 11 World In Motion Records
Jean Watson "Christmas Presence" Tracks 1, 3, 4, 8 Jean Watson
Jesse Colin Young "Songs for Christmas" Tracks 2, 4, 7, 9 Artemis Records 
*Vanessa Williams "Silver & Gold" Tracks 3, 4, 7, 8 Lava Records
**Allison Crowe "Tidings" Tracks 1, 3, 5, 12 Allison Crowe
Various "A Winter's Night" Tracks 3, 5, 7, 11, 13 Nettwerk
Various "It's a Team Mint Xmas Vol. 2" Tracks 1, 5, 8, 12, 13Mint Records 
Various "Maybe This Christmas Tree" Tracks 3, 6, 7, 8, 9Nettwerk
Mannheim Steamroller "Christmas Celebration" Tracks 1 & 3Mannheim Steamroller 
Trans-Siberian Orchestra "The Lost Christmas Eve" Tracks 1, 11, 12, 16 Lava Records
Various "A Very Unschooled Christmas" Tracks 3, 5, 6, 8Unschooled Records
Various "Christmas Regrooved" Tracks 1, 4, 8, 14 Koch Records
*Rhan Wilson "The Return of An Altared Chrismas" Track 5 Altared

Tuesday December 21 - Gospel, Country, A Cappella, World

Various "Gospel Christmas Hits" Tracks 6, 7, 8, 10, 15 Fuel 2000
Sounds of Blackness "The Night Before Christmas II" Tracks 4, 5, 10, 2 Sounds of Blackness
Bill & Gloria Gaither with the Homecoming Friends "He Started The Whole World Singing" Tracks 4, 8, 9
Mark Lowry "Mary, Did You Know" Tracks 5, 8, 9
Kingdom Heirs "The Spirit of Christmas" Tracks 6, 7, 11 Kingdom Heirs 
Gene Autry "The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings" Tracks 1, 3, 11, 13 Varese Vintage
Various "Christmas Grass Vol. 2" Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 Koch Records
Joe Nichols "A Traditional Christmas" Tracks 1, 6, 7, 9, 10 Universal South
Clint Black "Christmas With You" Tracks 11 & 12 Clint Black
Houston Tidelanders "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" Tracks 4, 6, 11, 13, 14 Houston Tidelanders 
The Blenders "Holiday Best" Tracks 3, 5, 7, 14, 15 The Blenders 
*Various "The Alfred Burt Christmas Carols Golden Anniversary" Tracks 4, 7, 9, 12, 13 Variety Artists 
Various "Hawaiian Style Christmas" Tracks 2, 9, 12, 14 Neos Productions
Douglas Blue Feather & Char-El "The Great Spirit of Christmas" Tracks 6, 7, 9 Douglas Blue Feather
Rhan Wilson "The Return of An Altared Chrismas" Track 8 Altared
*Various "Cold Blow These Winter Winds: A Celtic Celebration of Christmas" Tracks 2, 4, 9, 10 Green Linnet
**Kitka "Wintersongs" Tracks 12, 15, 19, 20, 4, 6 Kitka 
*Laini Risto "A Northwest Lullaby for Christmas" Tracks 1, 5, 7 Laini Risto 

Wednesday December 22
Jazz

Hiroshima "Spirit of the Season" Tracks 3, 4, 6 Hiroshima Music

Nelson Rangell "All I Hope For Christmas" Tracks 2, 4, 9Koch Records
Anton Schwartz "Holiday Time" Tracks 3 & 4 Anton Jazz
*Big Bad Voodoo Daddy "Everything You Want For Christmas" Tracks 2, 5, 6, 8, 10 Big Bad Records
**Dianne Reeves "Christmas Time Is Here" Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8 Blue Note
*Beegie Adair "Christmas Jazz" Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 Village Square
"New Orleans Christmas" Tracks 4, 6, 8, 11 Village Square
Mike Markaverich "Solitary Gifts" Tracks 1, 9, 13, 2 Mike Markaverich at CD Baby
Arena Venus "Yuletide Swank" Tracks 4, 9, 10, 13, 16 Arena Venus
Tony Paglia and His Orchestra "Big Band Christmas in Manhattan" Tracks 3, 6, 11 Avalon Music
"Caribbean Christmas" Tracks 2, 3, 9, 11 Green Hill Music
*"Snowfall: A Jazz Compass Christmas Celebration" Tracks 1, 8, 9, 10 Jazz Compass
Les deMerle "The Jazz Spirit of Christmas" Tracks 6, 7, 8, 14Origin Records 
Michael Wolff "Christmas Moods" Tracks 1, 7, 10 (9 & 12 later in program) Artemis Records 
"Acoustic Christmas" Tracks 1, 3, 5, 10 Favored Nations 
*Holly Cole "Baby, It's Cold Outside" Tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, 10Avalon Music
Aaron Davis "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" Tracks 4, 6, 9 Avalon Music
(The two preceding CDs form a 2 CD set entitled "Vintage Christmas")
"Winter: An Origin Records holiday collection" Tracks 1 & 5Origin Records 
**Beegie Adair "Quiet Christmas" Tracks 2, 6, 8, 9, 10, 16Village Square
Jack Wilkins "Christmas Jazz Guitar" Tracks 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 13 Mel Bay Records 

Thursday December 23
Choral & Classical II

Douglas Jimerson “White Christmas” Tracks 3, 7, 8, 11, 12
Appleton West High School Choirs “Christmas” Tracks 2, 6, 9
Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” Tracks 5, 9, 13, 15, 16
Madison Area Concert Handbells “The Bells of Christmas 2002” Tracks1, 9, 11, 13 Madison area Concert Handbells
Western Wind, The “Holiday Light” Tracks 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13 Western Wind
**Schnittpunktvokal “A Cappella Christmas” Tracks 1-9, 13
Pamela Howland “Lo, How A Rose” Tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9Pamela Howland
"Christmas at Luther 2004: Tidings of Great Joy" Tracks 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 20 Luther College
*St. Olaf College Christmas Festival 2003 “Awaken Our Souls, O God of Hope” CD 2 Tracks 2, 3, 7, 8 St. Olaf Records
National Lutheran Choir "A Holy Solemnity" Tracks 3, 9, 13, 15, 17 National Lutheran Choir
*Utah Chamber Artists & Philadelphia Brass “Eternity Shut In A Span” Tracks 1-6 Clarion Records
Kantorei “Christmas Night” Tracks 1, 5, 10
Various “Peace On Earth” Tracks 1-5 Denon
**National Lutheran Choir “This Night” Tracks 6, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18 National Lutheran Choir
**Pamela Howland “Carols for A Blue Christmas” Tracks 1-6, 9, 11 Pamela Howland
Lisa Lynne & George Tortorelli "Silent Night" Tracks 2, 3, 8, 11 Lisa Lynne
**John Bayless "Christmas Rhapsody" Tracks 2, 3, 4, 6 Koch Records
Paul Adams "This Christmas" Tracks 2, 3, 4, 6 Paul Adams
Paul Cardall "Christmas Hymns Vol. 1" Tracks 3, 5, 8, 10 Paul Cardall
Adagio Trio "Winter Gift" Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 Adagio Trio
David Arkenstone "Christmas Spirit" Tracks 2, 4, 7, 10Village Square
*"Christmas Guitar" Tracks 4, 6, 8, 9 Avalon Music

Friday December 24
Acoustic: Music for a Silent Night

**Steve Barta "Three Ships" Tracks 10, 11, 12, 13 Steve Barta Music
**James Hollihan "The Nutcracker Suite" Tracks 1-7 Nuevotron
Serena O'Meara "A Christmas Harp" Tracks 4, 6, 8, 10, 11O'Meara Music 
*Paul Imholte "The First Noel" Tracks 1, 3, 6, 11 Paul Imholte
Emile Pandolfi "In The Holiday Spirit" Tracks 3, 8 Emile Pandolfi
Heather Dale "This Endris Night" Tracks 2, 4, 6, 7, 8 Heather Dale
**Kim Robertson "Christmas Lullaby" Tracks 5, 6, 12, 15 Gourd
Tomas Michaud "In The Presence of Angels" Tracks 7 & 9 Starland Music
"All Is Calm" (Green Hill label) Tracks 2, 3, 4, 7 Green Hill Music
Kerri Sherwood "Joy! A Christmas Album" Tracks 10, 12, 13Kerri Sherwood 
*David DeMordaunt "The Third Noel" Tracks 2, 3, 5, 8
*Duo Campion-Vachon "Noel Pianissimo" Tracks 1, 2, 4, 9, 14, 15 Analekta
Michael Barry & Friends "A Classic Christmas" Tracks 1, 3, 9, 11 Laughing Buddha Music 
Russell Cook "Christmas Traditions" Tracks 7, 9, 10 North Star Music
Tim Janis "Christmas Piano Collection" Tracks 1, 4, 5, 9
Angels of Venice "Sanctus" Tracks 2, 5, 11 Angels of Venice
"Victorian Christmas" Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7 Village Square
**Douglas Niedt "In Heavenly Peace" Tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 9 Douglas Niedt
"Dawn of Redeeming Grace: Christmas at St. Olaf Vol. VII" Track 17 St. Olaf Records
St. Jacob's Chamber Choir "Welcome Christmas!" Track 6
The Real Group "Julen Er Her" Tracks 1, 9
National Lutheran Choir "This Night" Track 11 National Lutheran Choir
(the following are signature signoff pieces for this show)
"Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers" Track 16 Gothic Records
Riga Radio Choir "Christmas Greetings" Track 19
Tom Barabas "Magic In December" Track 2 

 


Recommended Suppliers 
People often wonder where to get the CDs heard on my show. Aside from the individual artist links given with the CDs in the playlist, here's where I go:

GENERAL
CD Universe In 2004, CD Universe had the best prices on average, and very fast service.
Tower Records Tower was right behind CD Universe, and carried many titles that CD Universe did not.
Amazon Amazon tends to be a little pricier, but cannot be beat for being customer-friendly.

BUYER BEWARE: Barnes & Noble had what appeared to be the lowest prices for many titles, but the advantage was almost always wiped out by steep shipping costs. So B&N gets a lump of coal for hiding true costs.

A CAPPELLA
Primarily A Cappella Primarily A Cappella provided very fast service and has a wide range of products under the broad a cappella umbrella, including the Luther College recordings, The Blenders, Kitka, the super Real Group Christmas CDs, and the great Vancouver choirs Chor Leoni and Elektra.
Mainely A Cappella Virtually the same description applies to Mainely A Cappella, but to my continuing surprise, the offerings of the two a cappella vendors overlap only in part. You really need to shop both. It is also worth noting that Mainely a Cappella does a better job of keeping its website up to date with the latest offerings, and has a friendler return policy. 

HARP
Sylvia Woods Harp Center Here's the place to get a wide range of harp recordings, including those of Kim Robertson. 

 

by Clark, Leslie A. last modified Nov 22, 2011 03:23 PM