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A cure for the common carol
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The Waverly Consort performs Renaissance Christmas music. (file photo)
If you set foot in any store this week chances are you heard some Christmas music. Some of it's good, some of it's bad--and some of it is just plain ugly. Minnesota Public Radio's Greta Cunningham spoke to classical music host Bob Christiansen to get some meaningful music picks.

St. Paul, Minn. — Here are Bob Christiansen's recommendations for Christmas listening, from the good side of his list. Christiansen is a Minnesota Public Radio classical music host.

"Hej Koleda, Koleda"
"in the Stable Crib"
--Polish Boys Choir; Instrumental Ensemble of the Posnan Philharmonia/Stefan Stuligrosz
PNCD 268

"A Renaissance Christmas Celebration"
Villancico: "Riu, riu, chiu"
Waverly Consort/ M. Jaffee
CBS 34554

"We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
Charles Ives: "A Christmas Carol, Song for Voice and Piano"
John Williams and the Boston Pops Philips 416 287

"A Victorian Christmas"
James Pierpont: "The One Horse Open Sleigh"
Robert DeCormier Singers and Ensemble
Arabesque 6525

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