I listen to music very intently, like it is rarely in the background... just to be there. I find that this CD (REJOICE! A STRING QUARTET CHRISTMAS) may be suitable as low and soft background music, but it lacks in overall interest, especially the phrasing. The recorded sound is very good and close. The idea is a new one, and quite refreshing as a concept. But when you listen to the continuous music, you get a sense of boredom that sets in. There seems to be some element lacking, maybe a distant bell here and there or a choir in the distance. The program is quite varied, with melodies ranging from JOY TO THE WORLD (opening number) to O SANCTISSIMA (next to last). And speaking of the opening number, I found it to be too quickly or randomly played. This is music that I have heard many times before and it requires a high degree of perfection. For this collection, 4 stars. I have heard better, though not necessarily from a small ensemble.