New Century Christmas

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 ofSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2000
Label:
Channel Classics Nl
UPC:
0723385146988
catalogNumber:
14698
Rank:
315030

Tracks

  1. Carol of the Bells: Arranged as Funkin' with the bells  - Mykola Leontovych  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  2. The First Nowell  - Christmas Traditional  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  3. The Little Drummer Boy  - Katherine K. Davis  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  4. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)  - Christmas Traditional  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  5. In the bleak midwinter, for chorus & organ, H. 73  - Gustav Holst  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  6. I'll be home for Christmas  - Walter Kent  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)  -  Ralph Blane  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  8. White Christmas, song (from "Holiday Inn")  - Irving Berlin  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  9. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming), instrumental arrangements  - Michael Praetorius  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  10. My Favorite Things, song (from "The Sound of Music")  - Richard Rodgers  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  11. Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night"  -  Adolphe Adam  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  12. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English): Arranged as God Rest Ye Merry Gentle Mensch  - Christmas Traditional  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  13. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)  - Christmas Traditional  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  14. Choral prelude for organ ("Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen"), Op. posth. 122/8  - Johannes Brahms  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  15. Santa Claus is Comin' To Town  - J. Fred Coots  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  16. O Little Town Of Bethlehem  - Lewis Redner  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  17. We Three Kings of Orient Are: Arranged as We Four Kings  - John Henry Hopkins  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  18. Rock Land Bell Winter Jingle Wonder, for saxophone quartet (after Bernard & Beal & Booth)  - Jeff Schiller  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf
  19. In dulci jubilo (II), chorale prelude for organ, BWV 729 (BC K115)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  New Century Saxophone Quartet  - David Louf

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