I have often wondered why classical piano virtuosos have never recorded their own arrangements of Christmas carols. John Bayless has filled this void with an amazing recording of his own arrangements of carols. Everything he has ever put out on cd is amazing, such as his brilliant arrangements of Beatle tunes in the style of Bach to Puccini arias to West Side Story. In this recording, Bayless stays true to the original melodic material, yet displays his staggering command of the keyboard. On the one hand, his performance of "Ave Maria" is just heavenly, on the other hand, "Santa Claus is Comin to Town/Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" is an all out virtuosic blast. I highly recommend this album!