In the mood for holiday music? Below we’ve linked to two frequently-heard pieces for the season, courtesy of the libraries’ subscription to Classical Music Library.

  • Handel’s Messiah, including the Hallelujah Chorus
    A 1986 Hyperion recording conducted by Harry Christopher; performed by soloists Lynne Dawson, Catherine Denley, David James, Maldwyn Davies, and Michael George with the Orchestra of the Sixteen and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra.
  • Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, including my favorite, the Trepak (Russian Dance)
    These selections conducted for a 1993 recording by Yuri Simonov; performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Had enough of these holiday classics? Browse our streaming audio resources for more music.


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