After hearing the Carol Suites for strings and brass on a complete survey of Leroy Anderson's music on Naxos, but not the one for woodwinds (coming later on another volume?), I located it here and jumped on this album. Anderson was a terrific arranger in addition to being a composer, and, as most know, worked with the Boston Pops for many years. These selections show his skills to great effect. You know "Sleigh Ride" and "Christmas Festival", but the Suites were new to me. They are full versions of many carols, since Anderson, as reported in the notes, did not want to do just another compilation piece. Anderson himself conducts, except for a Fiedler/Boston Pops "Sleigh Ride", which everybody has 3 or 4 versions of elsewhere, so skip track 1 as a filler and go straight to the good stuff, including an Anderson-led "Sleigh Ride". You won't be disappointed in the music. The recording isn't really warm and full (sounds somewhat like the annual RCA and Columbia Special Products Christmas LP's), but it's plenty good enough. Made me almost ready for Christmas, listening in June. Almost.