I have always thought of Christmastime, when it has come round...as 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')