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Genre: International
Artist/Group Name: Various Artists
Release Date: 10/08/2002
Original Release Date: 2002
Length of CD: 70:35
Label: BMG (distributor)
# of Discs: 1
Total Time: 70:35

Disc 1
1. Cantique de No?l for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night" - Emily Mitchell/Jeremy Wall/Bill Douglas/Dave Samuels/Richard Stoltzman
2. Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22) - Canadian Brass
3. Christmas Song, The (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) - Steve Erquiaga
4. O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, emmanuel), carol - Emily Mitchell/Jeremy Wall/Bill Douglas/Dave Samuels/Richard Stoltzman
5. Amazing Grace - Emily Mitchell/Jeremy Wall/Bill Douglas/Dave Samuels/Richard Stoltzman
6. Serenade of Carols: Coventry Carol / The Holly and the Ivy - New Philharmonia Orchestra
7. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night) - RCA Symphony Orchestra
8. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - RCA Symphony Orchestra
9. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love") - Morton Gould
10. Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night") - Nightnoise
11. We Three Kings of Orient Are - Canadian Brass
12. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming), instrumental arrangements - Canadian Brass
13. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: He Shall Feed His Flock - Emily Mitchell/Jeremy Wall/Bill Douglas/Dave Samuels/Richard Stoltzman
14. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
15. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Sinfonia
16. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Pastoral Symphony - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
17. Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8: Pastorale ad libitum: Largo - Guildhall String Ensemble
18. Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement) - James Galway
19. H?nsel und Gretel, opera: Children's Prayer - Boston Pops Orchestra
20. White Christmas, song (from "Holiday Inn") - Boston Pops Orchestra

Release Notes

This selection contains both ADD and DDD recordings.
Personnel: M?che?l O Domhnaill (whistling, guitar, piano); Steve Erquiaga (guitar); James Galway (harp, flute); Emily Mitchell (harp); Alfred Krips (violin); Johnny Cunningham (fiddle); Brian Dunning (flute, alto flute); Richard Stoltzman (clarinet); John de Lancie (oboe); Bill Douglas (piano, electric piano); Jeremy Wall (keyboards); Dave Samuels (vibraphone, marimba, percussion).
Liner Note Author: R. Peter Munves.
Recording information: 1959-1997.
Arrangers: Gould; Mason ; Wall .
The rather lengthily named Christmas Adagios: Holiday Classics to Touch Your Heart and Soul features a diverse array of Christmas instrumentals, spanning Richard Stoltzman's contemporary readings of "O Holy Night," "He Shall Feed His Flock," and "O Come Immanuel" to the Boston Pops' lush, traditional-sounding interpretations of "White Christmas" and "Children's Prayer." The Canadian Brass bring a stately grace to "We Three Kings," "Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming," and "Away in a Manger," while Steve Erquiaga's solo acoustic guitar rendition of "The Christmas Song" and Nightnoise's flute and fiddle-driven "Sussex Carol" have a more intimate, contemporary feel. Performances from James Galway and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra round out this collection, which unites classical, new age, Celtic, and jazz elements into a sophisticated, gently festive album. ~ Heather Phares


Recording Type: DDD

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