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Songs of Joy and Peace

This week we're celebrating the New Year with the hope of peace in 2009. What better way than with a collection of musicians coming together with songs of joy and peace? Yo-Yo Ma proves he is the master of the classical crossover album again this recording. Here he teams up with everyone from James Taylor to Dave Brubek in some seasonal favorites.

At the heart of the CD is a serious of improvisations on the Latin hymn "Dona nobis pacem" (Grant us peace). We hear versions of this simple melody in a broad range of styles, from solo cello to jazz to Kentucky bluegrass.

Our quick pick this week is sure to liven up your New Year's festivities. It's a collection of the Best of the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's concert with a variety music from the Strauss clan.

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