The Many Moods of Christmas (1983 Digital Rerecorded Version)
Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
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||Good Christian Men, Rejoice / Silent Night / Patapan / O Come, All He Faithful||Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus||11:33||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||O Sanctissima / Joy to the World / Away In a Manger / Fum Fum Fum / March of the Kings||Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus||10:59||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||What Child Is This? / Hark! the Herald Angels Sing / Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella / Angels We Have Heard On High||Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus||12:50||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Break Forth, O Beauteous Heav'nly Light / The First Nowell / O Little Town of Bethlehem / I Saw Three Ships / Deck the Halls||Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus||12:20||Album Only||View in iTunes|
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.
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
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s