Everyone has their go-to seasonal favourites, I expect. For me, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a burst of John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach or traditional carols sung by The Sixteen.

Christmas Music

But that doesn’t stop the record labels bombarding us with dozens of new releases each year, hoping to muscle in on the festive act and make our Yuletides gay. This year’s crop ranges from sublime Renaissance meditations to Baroque blockbusters, with plenty of modern carols and a few easy listening swoon-fests thrown in. So, let’s take a look at what ought to go down like a glass of white wine in the sun and offer a recommendation or two to add to your Christmas shopping cart.

Old wine in new bottles

If she didn’t bunk off to Sandringham for the season, Hyperion’s Christmas at St George’s Windsor is presumably what Her Majesty would be enjoying before she settles down for the Queen’s Speech. Led by James Vivian, the...