A Festival of Carols in Brass

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/1991
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074640703324
  • Catalog Number: 7033
  • Sales rank: 217,919

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 Jr. Composer
Lewis Redner Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrific music!

    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.

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