New Century Christmas

A New Century Christmas

by New Century Saxophone Quartet
     
 
A saxophone quartet performing favorite Christmas songs and carols? If they played it straight, this could just be a recipe for incongruity. But by commissioning an eclectic array of inventive arrangements from a diverse group of composers, the New Century Saxophone Quartet has cooked up a winning holiday feast. Some of

Overview

A saxophone quartet performing favorite Christmas songs and carols? If they played it straight, this could just be a recipe for incongruity. But by commissioning an eclectic array of inventive arrangements from a diverse group of composers, the New Century Saxophone Quartet has cooked up a winning holiday feast. Some of the treatments have a surprisingly reverential beauty: Ben Johnston's version of "The First Noel," for example, which manages to evoke medieval harmonies and the drones of Middle Eastern music using these four unlikely instruments. (The ensemble includes a full complement of saxes: soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone.) Other arrangers take off on the jazzy connotations of the saxophone, even adding drum set and bass on some selections. "Funkin' with the Bells" is Lenny Pickett's rollicking take on a familiar Ukrainian carol, while Benjamin Boone's "We Four Kings" enters Latin territory. Obvious pop numbers such as "Jingle Bell Rock" alternate with restrained pieces such as Bach's "In Dulci Jubilo." With a surprise around each corner, this is an album full of fine musicianship and abundant good cheer.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2000
Label:
Channel Classics Nl
UPC:
0723385146988
catalogNumber:
14698

Tracks

  1. Carol of the Bells: Arranged as Funkin' with the bells

    1. Arranged as Funkin' with the bells  (02:53)
  2. The First Nowell  (03:07)
  3. The Little Drummer Boy  (05:38)
  4. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)  (05:12)
  5. In the bleak midwinter, for chorus & organ, H. 73  (02:23)
  6. I'll be home for Christmas  (07:32)
  7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)  (05:04)
  8. White Christmas, song (from "Holiday Inn")  (04:45)
  9. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming), instrumental arrangements  (04:57)
  10. My Favorite Things, song (from "The Sound of Music")  (01:58)
  11. Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night"  (02:39)
  12. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English): Arranged as God Rest Ye Merry Gentle Mensch

    1. Arranged as God Rest Ye Merry Gentle Mensch  (02:15)
  13. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)  (03:58)
  14. Choral prelude for organ ("Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen"), Op. posth. 122/8  (03:32)
  15. Santa Claus is Comin' To Town  (03:46)
  16. O Little Town Of Bethlehem  (04:57)
  17. We Three Kings of Orient Are: Arranged as We Four Kings

    1. Arranged as We Four Kings  (02:25)
  18. Rock Land Bell Winter Jingle Wonder, for saxophone quartet (after Bernard & Beal & Booth)  (01:19)
  19. In dulci jubilo (II), chorale prelude for organ, BWV 729 (BC K115)  (04:33)

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