Every year my wife and add a new Christmas CD to our (already huge) collection. We have everything from Renaissance albums by chamber choirs to Classical collections from know and unknown performers. There are also the "pop" collections whether these are by an individual artist (like Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby) to the assorted artists which may or may not help some cause. Some of these CD's fall in the favorite category, such as Vanessa Williams Christmas Collection and are played several times each year. Others don't fare so well and may just fill a space in the collection but not actually get any playtime one year to the next.
With such a large collection you might think it would be impossible to find new CD's to add to it - and sometimes it is. This year, however, we have been blessed with the newest Yo-Yo Ma CD Songs of Joy & Peace. It really is wonderful.
It features Yo-Yo Ma, but also a host of other notable artists, such as Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck, Renée Fleming, Paquito D'Rivera and more. There are some classical pieces, such as the opening Dona Nobis Pacem and Panxoliña: a Galician Carol to jazz tunes like You couldn't be cuter and Dona Nobis Pacem - yes, that's right, an improvised version with Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer - destined to become one of all time favorites.
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