Major Themes: Our Top Picks In Classical Albums, From 'Messiah' To 'Christmas On Sugarloaf Mountain'

Welcome to Major Themes, a monthly feature in which classical music experts recommend a must-hear recording based on what’s happening at classical stations and programs around the country. This month, we checked in with friends in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Vermont. Here are their top picks for the holiday season. Gabrieli Consort and Players: Messiah (DG Archiv) Performances and sing-alongs of Handel’s Messiah are part of the signature sound of the holidays in Vermont. From a small group of friends gathered around a piano, to full orchestra and gigantic choirs, folks from all walks of life find musical connection in Handel’s masterwork. One of VPR Classical’s annual traditions is the Messiah Watch, a listing of where and when people can find these musical convergences statewide. To complement, I’ll often find myself turning to the Messiah performance from Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort and Players. It’s tight,…

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