Christmas Symphony

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
It just wouldn't feel like a proper Christmas without something new from Mannheim Steamroller to ring in the yuletide cheer. American Gramaphone's Christmas Symphony collects familiar Steamroller holiday classics and expands them with the help of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Listeners looking for something new from the popular new age-pop/classical crossover/electro-prog outfit may come away from the project a tad disappointed, as the 16 featured tracks are essentially just orchestral versions (with electronic and percussive flourishes) of previous Christmas offerings like "Deck the Halls," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Stille Nacht," and "Carol of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
It just wouldn't feel like a proper Christmas without something new from Mannheim Steamroller to ring in the yuletide cheer. American Gramaphone's Christmas Symphony collects familiar Steamroller holiday classics and expands them with the help of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Listeners looking for something new from the popular new age-pop/classical crossover/electro-prog outfit may come away from the project a tad disappointed, as the 16 featured tracks are essentially just orchestral versions (with electronic and percussive flourishes) of previous Christmas offerings like "Deck the Halls," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Stille Nacht," and "Carol of the Birds," but the increased presence of more organic textures does manage to liven up some of the more dated-sounding keyboard patches and unnecessary drum fills, resulting in a solid, if still a bit corny, collection of seasonal splendor that's been updated for the 21st century.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2011
  • Label: American Gramaphone
  • UPC: 012805301220
  • Catalog Number: 30122
  • Sales rank: 166,096

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mannheim Steamroller Primary Artist
Jackson Berky Piano, Harpsichord
Ron Cooley Acoustic Guitar, Lute
Chip Davis Recorder
Arnie Roth Violin
David Kappy French Horn
Russ Knutson Percussion
Ed Kocher Trombone
Norman Schweikert French Horn
Judy Stone Cello
Charles Vernon Trombone
George Vosburgh Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet
Doug Waddell Percussion
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Barbara Butler Piccolo Trumpet
Rex Martin Tuba
Jeff Handley Percussion, Timpani
Jonathan Boen French Horn
Evan Rea Piano
Technical Credits
Chip Davis Arranger, Executive Producer, Cover Design, Creation
Arnie Roth Arranger, Producer, Orchestration
Eric Roth Arranger, Programming, Orchestration
Cenda Kotzmann Engineer, Pro-Tools
Chris Szuberla Programming
James Taylor Cover Design
Mathew Prock Engineer
Stepen Baum Engineer
Jeanne Johnson Layout
Dave Swirko Mastering
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  • Posted November 3, 2011

    Repeat

    Christmas Symphony is just a remake of songs from earlier Mannheim Steamroller Christmas CDs. The songs are very good but not orginials.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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