CANADIAN BRASS: SWEET SONGS OF CHRISTMAS CD
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The Canadian Brass has been bringing the joy of Christmas to their audiences and fans for over thirty years. Just as people wonder how it is that Santa Claus is able to visit every house on Christmas Eve, they wonder how it is that the Brass can play every concert hall in North America every December! It is nearly impossible to go out during the Christmas season without hearing their music resounding through shopping malls, hotels and airports everywhere. Now here's the CD to bring this joy into your home.
This CD displays a veritable who’s who of composers and arrangers associated with the 30-year journey of this internationally renowned brass ensemble.
1. Sussex Carol (arr. L. Henderson)
2. Carol of the Bells (arr. St. McNeff)
3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (arr. L. Henderson)
4. Jingle Bell Rock (arr. Ch. Dedrick)
5. What Child is This (arr. P. Fergusson)
6. Here We Come a Wassailing (arr. L. Henderson)
7. Sweet Songs of Christmas (Christopher Dedrick)
8. I Saw Three Ships (arr. L. Henderson)
9. Lo How A Rose e're Blooming (Michael Praetorius, arr. Dedrick)
10. Huron Carol (arr. L. Henderson)
11. Bring A Torch Jeannette Isabella (arr. L. Henderson)
12. Holly and the Ivy (arr. H. Cable)
13. Albinoni Adagio (arr. A. Frackenpohl)
14. Overture to the Messiah (G.F. Händel, arr. R. Anthony/R. Frazier)
15. Every Valley from the Messiah (G.F. Händel, arr. R. Frazier)
16. Hallelujah from the Messiah (G.F. Händel, arr. F. Mills)
17. Sevivon (trad. Hanukkah, arr. D. Hanjian)
18. Maoz Tzur (trad. Hanukkah, arr. D. Hanjian)
19. Dreydl (trad. Hanukkah, arr. D. Hanjian/R. Romm)
20. Go Tell it On the Mountain (arr. L. Henderson)
21. Ding Dong Merrily on High (arr. L. Henderson)
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However, fabulous an inspiring playing by the Brass! I especially love the arrangements and original compositions of Christopher Dedrick.
I am disappointed that I have to pay USD rather than Canadian prices to order "Canadian" Brass recordings! It seems so odd.
It is nearly impossible to pass the holiday season without experiencing the Canadian Brass – their holiday albums have reached the same sales levels as those of Bing Crosby, Luciano Pavarotti and Nat King Cole. Here is an album that continues that tradition of great holiday fare from the Canadian Brass that incldues sacred works and yuletide favorites. Sweet Songs of Christmas features 21 tracks of lighthearted arrangements of all-time Christmas favorites including Carol of the Bells, Sussex Carol, Ding, Dong, Merrily on High and more.
A great addition to any Christmas collection and an album that the entire family will enjoy.