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Album Review

The Many Moods of Christmas is a collection of four medleys, each with a similar theme, performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. The songs are performed in a very straight, orchestral style that does not take any new routes or present different ideas. The choral aspect of the music is much the same, although due to the medley style they make certain changes. The medleys are very well put together, and the format works well for the material here. In fact, the album's biggest credit is its perfect running time; at just under 50 minutes it is very concise and tight. Anyone looking for an album of choral and orchestral renditions of these songs may enjoy this very much.

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Many Moods

Simply marvelous traditional Christmas music. If this album doesn't get you in the Christmas spirit then nothing will!!!

Not What I Remember

There was a version recorded in 1962 that my parents played during the Christmas season. That is the one I would like to hear. This revamped 1984 recording is lacking in many, many ways. It is a poorer recording and doesn't seem to have as many voices or as many instruments as the former, superior version. Get 1962 and say goodbye to 1984.


Born: April 30, 1916 in Red Bluff, CA

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Not to be confused with the earthy barrelhouse pianist of the same name, Robert Shaw made his name through his dual mastery of the art of choral and orchestral conducting. Although featured on record with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performing standard classical repertory, Shaw's own recordings often document his interest in old-time song. Best-known for several recordings of traditional Christmas carols, he has also tackled Irish folk music, sea shanties, songs of the American Civil War, popular...
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