Music: Sounds of Christmas

Each year Christmas on disks grows louder and bigger. This season the record companies are all but burying the tree with a blizzard of releases, ranging from a collection of Renaissance motets (on Epic's The Birth of Christ, with The Netherlands Chamber Choir) to Children go Where I Send You (ColPix) in which Songstress Nina Simone belts out the story of the "little-bitty baby was born in Bethlehem." In between are gaudy packages by the industry's perennial carolers : Arthur Fiedler, Fred Waring, Mitch Miller, George Melachrino. Among the more notable Christmas tinsel:...

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