Christmas Crackers

I have always thought of Christmastime, when it has come a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.
                                                                     — A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)


Here at Final Note we have compiled a few of our top favourite classical pieces for Christmas which we hope you will enjoy!

1) Anon — 'The Coventry Carol' from the Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors (16th Century)

2) John Francis Wade (1711–1786) — Adeste Fideles ('O Come, All Ye Faithful')

3) Vivaldi (1678–1741) — 'Laudemus te' from Gloria in D Major, RV 589

4) J.S. Bach (1685–1750) — In Dulci Jubilo, BWV 729

5) J.S.Bach (1685–1750) — 'Jauchzet, frohlocket' from Weihnachts-Oratoriumthe (Christmas Oratorio), BWV 248

6) Handel (1685–1759) — 'For unto us a child is born' from Messiah, HWV 56

7) Mozart (1756–1791) — German Dance No. 3, 'Schlittenfahrt' ('Sleigh Ride'), K. 605

8) Franz Xaver Gruber (1787–1863) — 'Stille Nacht' ('Silent Night')

9) Francesco Manfredini (1684–1762) — 'Largo' from Concerto in C, Op. 3, No. 12 (Christmas Concerto)

10) Adolphe Adam (1803–1856) — 'O Holy Night'

11) Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) — 'Valse des fleurs' ('Waltz of the Flowers') from The Nutcracker (Щелкунчик)

12) Gerald Finzi (1901–1956) — In Terra Pax, Op. 39

13) Britten (1913–1976) — 'Balulalow' from A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28

14) Poulenc (1899–1963) — Quem vidistis pastores dicite

15) Schönberg (1874–1951) – Weihnachtsmusik ('Christmas Music')