2018 Holiday Staff Picks

For this edition of staff picks, we asked Naxos of America staff members about their favorite holiday albums and playlists!

Want to listen to the featured release? Simply click “Listen Now” in each review section. Happy listening!

“Listen to this album- it is a great opportunity to discover German Christmas music with composers like Praetorius, Wakelkamp, Mazák, and many others, very well played by the Margaretha Consort.” – Philippe | LISTEN NOW

“During the month of December, I like to keep unCLASSIFIED’s Classical Music for the Christmas Holidays up on my desktop at work. It’s everything I want to hear during the holiday season and keeps me in a good mood all day! Bring on the holidays!” – Natalie | LISTEN NOW ON YOUTUBE

“If you’re a fan of Vince Guaraldi, you’ll love David Ian’s Vintage Christmas Trio album! This classic take on Christmas favorites is the perfect soundtrack for baking cookies, wrapping presents and celebrating all things cozy.”
– Courtney | LISTEN NOW

“I have a particularly soft spot for choral Christmas music. The Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s latest release is a beautiful collection of choral Christmas works that tugs on your heartstrings! ” – Mara | LISTEN NOW

“I just discovered The Quiet Night, a solo piano album by Thomas Keesecker on ARSIS Audio, a label with which I had been entirely unfamiliar until now. It’s both a mix of classic and less-familiar holiday songs arranged in a style that feels comfortable and familiar without being cheesy. This album is perfect for a cozy evening by the fire and the tree, a glass of mulled wine in hand.”

“This unClassified playlist creates a perfect atmosphere for any holiday-themed gathering, with fun jazz, classical, and pop-influenced Christmas tunes, both instrumental and vocal, from a wide range of artists and ensembles. A fun, feel-good Christmas collection with plenty of surprises along the way!”
– Jesse | LISTEN NOW

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