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Posted at 11:59 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Christmas catch-up

By various critics

Pardon the interruption: various seasonal and book-related events have affected blog transmission.

And speaking of seasonal, the holiday events are coming thick and fast.

In Sunday's Washington Post: My thoughts on Christmas music.
And Blake Gopnik, in an exemplary display of critical cross-pollination, offers a list of his ten favorite Christmas albums, the selections of a true connoisseur, and highly recommended.

In Monday's Washington Post: A bonanza of holiday-concert reviews: Joe Banno on the City Choir of Washington and the Cathedral Choral Society; Tom Huizenga on the Folger Consort and Tallis Scholars; Joan Reinthaler on the Waverly Consort.

What are your favorite holiday recordings, events, musical traditions? Messiah sing-alongs or Phil Kline's Unsilent Night in Baltimore? Carols and concerts or recordings? Any events you think people should know about?

By various critics  | December 13, 2010; 11:59 PM ET
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The University of Maryland Wind Orchestra gave a really involving performance on Thursday night;

http://dmvclassical.wordpress.com/2010/12/11/wind-power-um-wind-orchestra/

Posted by: Lindemann777 | December 14, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

We must have a couple dozen CDs of the traditional Christmas carols and songs in my house with various choruses, orchestras, and such soloists as Leontyne Price and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, but our hands-down favorite is one originally called "Christmas Treasure" with Julie Andrews singing unique, unhackneyed arrangements by Andre Previn. A copy of the original release is now offered (on Amazon) for $211.00! A re-release, called with stunning imagination "Christmas with Julie Andrews and Andre Previn," is also available for about $8.00. It is a real treasure and I cannot praise or recommend it too highly. (I know nothing about the technical quality of the current release, but it's worth risking $8.00 for the pleasures it can bring.)

Posted by: wsheppard | December 15, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

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