December 25, 2012 The flow of good classical Christmas albums seems to have slowed to a trickle. And that's got one holiday listener longing for holiday albums from years past, from Jessye Norman's Christmastide, Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite and carols led by Robert Shaw.
December 24, 2012 Like egg nog and advent calendars, Christmas songs pop up everywhere for a month and then disappear, only to be repackaged and resold 11 months later. Some of the biggest-selling and most frequently reissued holiday music of all time comes from three animated rodents.
December 20, 2012 Some of our favorite Latin alternative artists stop by to share holiday music and memories. La Santa Cecilia recalls the comfort food of a Chicano Christmas; Mexico's Cafe Tacvba recalls their beginnings in the church choir; a Brazilian producer ponders his Jewish roots and much more.
December 14, 2012 NPR Music has an annual tradition in December: Invite some of the world's best jazz keyboard players to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, then set them loose on their favorite holiday tunes. Jason Moran, Taylor Eigsti, Geri Allen and Ellis Marsalis perform live.
December 5, 2012 WGBHHear the acclaimed British choral group in concert at the acoustically rich St. Paul's Church in Cambridge, Mass. The program features Christmas music from 16th century England composers Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, as well as an encore from the finest composer of the Spanish Renaissance.
November 25, 2012 Stevens views the holidays as a labor of love — worthy of creativity and care, hard work and an ocean of ideas. In Silver & Gold's nearly three hours of music, impeccable grace never strays far from playful ridiculousness.
November 25, 2012 Not since Aimee Mann's One More Drifter in the Snow has a collection of seasonal music been so finely engineered to locate the holidays' melancholy side. But Tinsel and Lights is as warmly rendered as it is achingly bittersweet.
November 25, 2012 The R&B singer and songwriter's album goes down smooth. The vibe that we're used to from a lifetime of Christmas music — Eskimos figure large, children cannot sleep — is here, but these songs wear it lightly.
December 22, 2011 Martin wrote "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" for Judy Garland's 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis, along with dozens of other songs for MGM and Broadway musicals. His career is celebrated on a new CD and 88-page booklet with essays by Stephen Sondheim and Michael Feinstein.