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Classical 101

Classical Christmas Recordings a Challenge to Pull Off

The Classical 101 library has upwards of 1,000 Christmas recordings.  Everything from purely classical Baroque and early music discs to jazz, electric guitar, and choirs of trombones and tubas.

Thankfully, grandma does NOT get run over by a reindeer in our music library.

Stepping out of your musical comfort zone can be a daunting task.  If you listen to any of the Pavarotti recordings he made with pop artists from around the world, you'll understand what I mean.  Luciano would sing with anyone, anywhere.  Some of it worked...some of it didn't.  I cannot imagine standing onstage next to someone with THAT voice, only to follow it with my feeble vocal attempts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmgYHhRg5Us For some reason, however, Christmas music seems to be some of the most difficult to make sound good.  I received an e-mail "review" of a new recording just released.  It was one word..."Ugh."  On the other hand, Renee Fleming seems to be one of those artists who can move from one style to another with ease.  Hey, if you can make the Star Spangled Banner work, in a stadium, with the huge delay, planes flying over, and a crowd amped for kickoff, you can sing anything, right? Her new Christmas recording is receiving strong reviews and fans are lining up to buy it and get it signed.  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal takes an intriguing look into the world of the Christmas recording.  You can read it here. Below, Luciano Pavarotti performs with the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCmFmpadXbY