Holiday Classics

Holiday Classics

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by Seattle Symphony Orchestra
     
 

Holiday Classics is a compilation made up of tracks from previous Naxos releases by the Seattle Symphony and its director Gerard Schwarz. Five tracks are devoted to selections from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," a perennial holiday favorite. Three are taken from See more details below

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Holiday Classics is a compilation made up of tracks from previous Naxos releases by the Seattle Symphony and its director Gerard Schwarz. Five tracks are devoted to selections from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," a perennial holiday favorite. Three are taken from Handel's "Water Music Suite," which, while not related to the December holiday season (it would be an unfortunate climate for musicians to be floating on a barge down the Thames), is festive and celebratory. Pachelbel's "Canon" is also included, in a desultory performance that's out of character with the rest of the music on the album, and the remaining tracks consist of orchestral arrangements of traditional Christmas carols. Except for the plodding and lackluster "Canon," the pieces are well played and should satisfy listeners looking for orchestral music intended to drum up holiday cheer. Naxos' sound is clean and present.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2010
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313267378
catalogNumber:
8572673

Tracks

  1. Christmas Medley: We Three Kings of Orient Are / We Wish You a Merry  - Christmas Traditional  - Gerard Schwarz  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  2. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Waltz of the Flowers  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  - Valerie Muzzolini
  3. Coventry Carol (2): "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child"  - Christmas Traditional  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  - Ben Hausmann
  4. Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Hornpipe  - George Frideric Handel  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  - Shannon Spicciati  - Ben Hausmann  - Paul Rafanelli
  5. Gésu Bambino  - Pietro Yon  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  - Christmas Traditional  - Ben Hausmann
  6. Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Air  - George Frideric Handel  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  7. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Russian Dance (Trepak)  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  8. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  - Kimberly Russ
  9. Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Bourée  - George Frideric Handel  - Samuel Jones  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  - Shannon Spicciati  - Ben Hausmann  - Paul Rafanelli
  10. O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol  - Henry Walford Davies  - Samuel Jones  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  - Christmas Traditional
  11. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement  - Johann Pachelbel  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  12. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: March  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  13. Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Allegro  - George Frideric Handel  - John Cerminaro  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  - Susan Carroll
  14. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)  - Franz Gruber  - John Cerminaro  - Mark Robbins  - Gerard Schwarz  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  - Christmas Traditional  - Christopher Olka  - Adam Iascone  - Susan Carroll
  15. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Overture Miniature  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra

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