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First Christmas Morning

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All Music Guide - Denise Sullivan
It doesn't get much more traditional than this. Former middle-of-the-road folksinger Dan Fogelberg sang, arranged, and produced First Christmas Morning, a collection of Christmas songs inspired by medieval, Baroque, and Renaissance melodies. He tosses in a handful of traditional songs -- "I Saw Three Ships," "What Child Is This?" -- and accompanies them with strings, harp, and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, among other period-appropriate sounds. Though it is unlikely that any of Fogelberg's original compositions -- the joyous "At Christmas Time" and the somber "The First Christmas Morning" -- will make it into the popular canon of seasonal choices, his arrangements of the...
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All Music Guide - Denise Sullivan
It doesn't get much more traditional than this. Former middle-of-the-road folksinger Dan Fogelberg sang, arranged, and produced First Christmas Morning, a collection of Christmas songs inspired by medieval, Baroque, and Renaissance melodies. He tosses in a handful of traditional songs -- "I Saw Three Ships," "What Child Is This?" -- and accompanies them with strings, harp, and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, among other period-appropriate sounds. Though it is unlikely that any of Fogelberg's original compositions -- the joyous "At Christmas Time" and the somber "The First Christmas Morning" -- will make it into the popular canon of seasonal choices, his arrangements of the classics "O Tannenbaum" and "We Three Kings," though a little over the top, are quite good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • Label: Morning Sky
  • UPC: 703404800121
  • Catalog Number: 8001
  • Sales rank: 4,347

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dan Fogelberg Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Autoharp, Keyboards, Vocals
Hugh Marsh Violin
Philip Boulding Harp, Penny Whistle
Pam Boulding Hammered Dulcimer
Mark Clark Drums
Technical Credits
Dan Fogelberg Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Tim Stroh Engineer
James Tuttle Engineer
Robert Vosgien Digital Editing, Mastering
William Sandys Composer
Traditional Composer
William Chatterton Dix Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The more I listen, the more I like it!

    It may take a couple of listens, but once it sinks in you'll love it. It's not what you might expect if you are only acquainted with Dan's hit singles. The use of Baroque and Renaissance instruments give it a very unique quality. I would love to hear a choral group or a college glee club take on "At Christmastime." What a joyful noise!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Favorite for the Season!

    This album is a great way to usher in the season. Its fun, mellow, and brings a taste of the old world into your home. If you are a Fogelberg fan, then you'll enjoy this album at holiday time.

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