Christmas Adagios: Holiday Classics to Touch Your Heart and Soul

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The rather lengthily named Christmas Adagios: Holiday Classics to Touch Your Heart and Soul features a diverse array of Christmas instrumentals, spanning Richard Stoltzman's contemporary readings of "O Holy Night," "He Shall Feed His Flock," and "O Come Immanuel" to the Boston Pops' lush, traditional-sounding interpretations of "White Christmas" and "Children's Prayer." The Canadian Brass bring a stately grace to "We Three Kings," "Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming," and "Away in a Manger," while Steve Erquiaga's solo acoustic guitar rendition of "The Christmas Song" and Nightnoise's flute and fiddle-driven "Sussex Carol" have a more intimate, contemporary feel. Performances ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The rather lengthily named Christmas Adagios: Holiday Classics to Touch Your Heart and Soul features a diverse array of Christmas instrumentals, spanning Richard Stoltzman's contemporary readings of "O Holy Night," "He Shall Feed His Flock," and "O Come Immanuel" to the Boston Pops' lush, traditional-sounding interpretations of "White Christmas" and "Children's Prayer." The Canadian Brass bring a stately grace to "We Three Kings," "Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming," and "Away in a Manger," while Steve Erquiaga's solo acoustic guitar rendition of "The Christmas Song" and Nightnoise's flute and fiddle-driven "Sussex Carol" have a more intimate, contemporary feel. Performances from James Galway and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra round out this collection, which unites classical, new age, Celtic, and jazz elements into a sophisticated, gently festive album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266397228
  • Catalog Number: 63972
  • Sales rank: 219,903

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night" - David Samuels (6:06)
  2. 2 Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22) - Canadian Brass (2:56)
  3. 3 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) - Steve Erquiaga (3:06)
  4. 4 O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, emmanuel), carol - David Samuels (4:08)
  5. 5 Amazing Grace - David Samuels (2:27)
  6. 6 Coventry Carol / The Holly and the Ivy - New Philharmonia Orchestra (3:39)
  7. 7 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night) - RCA Symphony Orchestra (3:28)
  8. 8 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - RCA Symphony Orchestra (2:07)
  9. 9 Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Gre - Morton Gould (5:27)
  10. 10 Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night") - Nightnoise (3:56)
  11. 11 We Three Kings of Orient Are - Canadian Brass (2:29)
  12. 12 Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming), instrumental - Canadian Brass (2:35)
  13. 13 He Shall Feed His Flock - David Samuels (4:15)
  14. 14 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring @@Philadelphia Orchestra (3:41)
  15. 15 Sinfonia - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2:56)
  16. 16 Pastoral Symphony - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (4:42)
  17. 17 Pastorale ad libitum: Largo - Guildhall String Ensemble (4:08)
  18. 18 Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with o - James Galway (2:52)
  19. 19 Children's Prayer - Boston Pops Orchestra (3:09)
  20. 20 White Christmas, song (from "Holiday Inn") - Boston Pops Orchestra (2:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Morton Gould Conductor
Arthur Fiedler Conductor
Bill Douglas Piano, Electric Piano
Nightnoise Ensemble
Richard Stoltzman Clarinet
Steve Erquiaga Guitar
Eddie Gomez Bass
Jeremy Wall Keyboards
James Galway Flute, Conductor, Harp
Canadian Brass Ensemble
Thomas Beecham Conductor
Emily Mitchell Harp
Eugene Ormandy Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Boston Pops Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Johnny Cunningham Fiddle
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill Guitar, Piano, Human Whistle
Brian Dunning Flute, Alto Flute
Barry Griffiths Leader
Guildhall String Ensemble Ensemble
David Samuels Percussion, Marimbas, Vibes
New Philharmonia Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Alfred Krips Violin
RCA Victor Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Morton Gould & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Robert Salter Leader
Café Percussion
John de Lancie Oboe
Technical Credits
Ralph Vaughan Williams Composer
Mason Arranger
Wall Arranger
R. Peter Munves Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Essay
Gould Arranger
Robert Salter Director
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