Festival of Carols in Brass

A Festival of Carols in Brass

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by Philadelphia Brass
     
 
A Festival of Carols in Brass is the very definition of a Christmas "classic" -- since it was first issued in 1967 it has never gone out of print, and the recording remains the number one choice for brass-styled Christmas music played in shopping malls throughout the United States during the holiday season. This album by See more details below

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A Festival of Carols in Brass is the very definition of a Christmas "classic" -- since it was first issued in 1967 it has never gone out of print, and the recording remains the number one choice for brass-styled Christmas music played in shopping malls throughout the United States during the holiday season. This album by the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble contains 25 traditional carols that are arranged in a colorful but no-nonsense fashion. To vary the sound, the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble make use of differing instrumental combinations among the various players, even within a carol, in addition to sparing but tasteful application of mutes. As opposed to merely getting through a carol without mistakes and to everyone's satisfaction, the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble take the time to arrive at a blend of sound and work together on trying to make it as beautiful as possible, and it shows. CBS' analog recording, though well nigh approaching the age of 40 years, is bright, spacious, clear, and not dated. The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble was a leaderless group drawn from the brass section of the Philadelphia Orchestra. During this time, conductor Eugene Ormandy had the Philadelphia Orchestra extremely busy in the recording studios, waxing practically the entire major orchestral literature for CBS Masterworks. Once in a while the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble would get a chance to do something on its own, as long as Ormandy was aware of it and got a piece of the action. Ironically, A Festival of Carols in Brass has outsold practically all of the regular orchestral recordings made by the Philadelphia Orchestra in the 1960s. For some reason, Sony has never seen fit to upgrade the cover on the compact disc release of A Festival of Carols in Brass; it is still in the same stripped-down "longbox"-era type of package it has appeared in since the 1980s. It does not list the players who participated on this now historic recording. For the record, they are Gilbert Johnson and Seymour Rosenfeld, trumpets; Mason Jones, horn; Henry Charles Smith, trombone; Dee Stewart, euphonium; and Abe Torchinsky and Peter Krill, tubas.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/1991
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074640703324
catalogNumber:
7033

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Deck the Halls (Welsh)
  2. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming) (Alte geistli
  3. Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella ("Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle")
  4. The First Nowell (English)
  5. Angels We Have Heard on High
  6. We Three Kings of Orient Are
  7. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis)
  8. O Sanctissima
  9. O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
  10. O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, emmanuel), carol
  11. Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, 1582)
  12. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)
  13. Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  14. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  15. Coventry Carol (2): "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child"
  16. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  17. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssoh
  18. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  19. Good Christian Men, Rejoice
  20. Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night"
  21. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
  22. Wassail Song ("Here We Come A-Wassailing"), carol
  23. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  24. Away in a Manger
  25. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Philadelphia Brass   Primary Artist,Brass,Ensemble

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Andrew Kazdin   Arranger
Isaac Watts   Composer
Lowell Mason   Composer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Edward T. Graham   Engineer
Sandy Speiser   Cover Photo
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Phillip Brooks   Composer
Edmund Hamilton Sears   Composer
Milton Cherin   Engineer
John Mason Neale   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Anonymous Composer   Composer
William Chatterton Dix   Composer
John Henry Hopkins   Composer
Lewis Redner   Composer

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A Festival of Carols in Brass 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is an outstanding recording performed by some of the premier brass musicians in the USA. The recording has been around for a long time, but it is timeless and, as a brass musician myself, I can tell you this is well worth listening to for years to come.