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The Piano Guys - Christmas Together makes LA Times 'music for every mood this holiday' list

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This year's bounty of holiday albums includes The Piano Guys, "Christmas Together" (Portrait).

For anyone who finds the Mormon Tabernacle Choir too understated, the Piano Guys may just be your guys. They are musician-producers Al van der Beek, Paul Anderson, Steven Sharp Nelson and Jon Schmidt, and they leave no stop unpulled in this grandest-scale of Yuletide jam sessions. The orchestral and choral cast of thousands may cross the line into overkill often, but credit them for neatly pairing traditional carols and complementary works from the classical repertoire such as "Mary Did You Know" with Corelli's Christmas Concerto, and "Joy to the World" with Beethoven's Ode to Joy. Heavy-hitter guests include Placido Domingo, the King's Singers, Peter Hollens, David Archuleta and - well what do you know? - the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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