If you’re looking for a Christmas album that the kids will like but won’t drive you up the wall, try this.
It’s one of a series of Naxos CDs that try and introduce children to classical music, My First Complete Ring Cycle and My First Foray into Schoenberg’s Free Atonality being others. (OK, we made them up, it’s more like My First Opera).
It opens with a lovely Once in Royal David’s City but after that goes off piste, taking in everything from Winter Wonderland, played by the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and its principal harmonica, to Gaudete and Away In A Manger.
Review Corner favourites from long ago, Tewkesbury Abbey Choir, performs several songs, there’s a snatch of Messiah and The New London Children’s Choir and Finchley Children’s Music Group throw in some child-friendly tunes.
Most of your favourite Christmas carols are on here, along with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
For a Christmas album, it gets high praise: it’s not annoying, and only Scrooge could really find fault. It also introduces the small ones to classical playing.
Out on Naxos, 8.578340.
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