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The best Christmas classical music albums and recordings

A list of the best classical music CDs, records and recordings to add to your Christmas stocking this year

Published: November 16, 2021 at 11:30 am
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The best new Christmas classical recordings released in 2021

An Elizabethan Christmas

Fretwork, Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano)
Signum Classics SIGCD680


Release date: 22 October 2021


Christmas Carols with The King's Singers

Signum Classics SIGCD683

You had me at ‘The King’s Singers’. What’s not to love? It’s a typically varied programme which reaches across the decades, performed with pitch-perfect vivacity and no small amount of joy. Very glad tidings.

Review by Michael Beek.


In the Bleak Midwinter - Christmas Carols from King's

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/Daniel Hyde, Matthew Martin (organ)
King's College KGS0060

Release date: 5 November 2021


Vaughan Williams: An Oxford Christmas

Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital/William Vann, Joshua Ryan (organ)
Albion ALBCD050

Release date: 22 October


Carol of the Bells (Leontovich, Rodney Bennett, Eric Whitacre, Bob Chilcott et al)

The Sixteen/Harry Christophers, Alexandra Kidgell, Edward McMullan, Mark Dobell, Robert Macdonald, Ben Davies, Rob Macdonald, Katy Hill, Tim Jones, Charlotte Mobbs, George Pooley
Coro COR16188

Release date: 1 October 2021


The Knights Before Christmas (Carols/Trad Songs)

The Knights (chamber orchestra)
Bright Shiny Things BSTC-0159

Release date: 29 October 2021

Knights Cover 1

A Belfast Christmas

Belfast Cathedral Choir/Matthew Owens
Resonus RES10292

Release date: 29 October 2021


Christmas Bells - Organ Music from Belfast Cathedral

Resonus RES10293


Winter Tales (Works by Brian Eno, Vikigur Olafsson, Peter Gregson, Hania Rani et al)

DG 486 1504

Release date: 5 November 2021

486 1504

A Medieval Christmas – Hodie Christus Natus Est

The Boston Camerata/Anne Azéma

Release date: 29 October 2021


100 Christmas Meditation (5CD)

Wiener Sängerknaben
Capriccio C7371

Release date: 8 October 2021


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Freya ParrDigital Editor and Staff Writer, BBC Music Magazine

Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.

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