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All Music Guide - Shawn M. Haney
Triumphant and joyous is the sound of Kieth Lockhart and his orchestra when listening to this very festive collection of shimmering holiday tunes. The music itself can really attract even the mild grinch-like listener and make one feel warm and welcome, such as walking in the heart of a crystaline wintry landscape. It is here that you will find intricately woven arrangements worthy of several playbacks near the home's cozy fireplace. Strike the matches and light the candles, prepare the marshmallows for a slow roast while enjoying the charming "Tomorrow Is My Dancing Day," a feast of Wassail tunes spanning five centuries. Be prepared to receive many blessings with the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Shawn M. Haney
Triumphant and joyous is the sound of Kieth Lockhart and his orchestra when listening to this very festive collection of shimmering holiday tunes. The music itself can really attract even the mild grinch-like listener and make one feel warm and welcome, such as walking in the heart of a crystaline wintry landscape. It is here that you will find intricately woven arrangements worthy of several playbacks near the home's cozy fireplace. Strike the matches and light the candles, prepare the marshmallows for a slow roast while enjoying the charming "Tomorrow Is My Dancing Day," a feast of Wassail tunes spanning five centuries. Be prepared to receive many blessings with the vibrant "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" arrangement, permeating the work of English composer Ralph Vaughn Williams, dating from 1912. "The Shepard's Chorus" is an uplifting masterpiece valiant in spirit, displaying the touch and grace of Hector Berlioz, who composed this medley just to pass the time at a dull party. The music solely reminded Berlioz of a "primitive, pastoral mysticism." Perhaps the most commercially appealing track of this collection is the heartwarming yet frigid aura of Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here," here sung by the Performing Artists at Lincoln School. A legendary jazz artist in his own right, Sammy Nestico puts together a wonderful arrangement, as Lockhart and the Pops play a swinging rendition of "Good Wenceslas." Such a youthful and exuberant chorus at heart prances along, merrily singing the candid "Sleigh Ride." Again, just to reiterate, these tunes are meant for all Christmas lovers, and should be listened to in light of the season, either actively or casually, at a dance party or sitting by the fire.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/1998
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266325221
  • Catalog Number: 63252
  • Sales rank: 8,263

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gloria - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (6:11)
  2. 2 Christmas Waltzes, for orchestra - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (4:30)
  3. 3 Carol of the Bells - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (2:11)
  4. 4 Fantasia on Christmas Carols for baritone, chorus & orchestra - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (11:43)
  5. 5 Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English) - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (4:30)
  6. 6 Shepherd's Chorus - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (4:33)
  7. 7 Farandole - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (3:34)
  8. 8 Christmas Time Is Here - Eivør Pálsdóttir (3:03)
  9. 9 Good Swing Wenceslas (3:37)
  10. 10 Mary's Little Boy Child, song - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (3:40)
  11. 11 Sleigh Ride, for orchestra (or string orchestra) - Keith Lockhart & Tanglewood Festival Chorus (2:54)
  12. 12 Frosty All the Way! - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (2:26)
  13. 13 Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keith Lockhart Primary Artist, Conductor
Robert "Bootsie" Barnes Viola
Boston Pops Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
James Cooke Violin
Pat Hollenbeck Percussion
Michael Leonard Saxophone
Jonathan Menkis Horn
Valerie Kuchment Violin
Sarah Roth Violin
Cynthia Cummings Violin
Elita Kang Violin
Lucia Lin Violin
Norman Bolter Trombone
Frank Epstein Percussion
Jonathan Miller Cello
Fred Buda Percussion
Timothy Genis Timpani
Si Jing Huang Violin
Ronald Knudsen Violin
Ronan Lefkowitz Violin
Joel Moerschel Cello
Elizabeth Ostling Flute
Thomas Rolfs Jr. Trumpet
Alexander Romanul Violin
Jay Wadenpfuhl Horn
Chester Schmitz Tuba
Thomas Smith Trumpet
James Orleans Bass
Richard Ranti Bassoon
Bob Winter Piano, Keyboards
Lawrence Wolfe Bass
Andrew Pearce Cello
Darren Acosta Trombone
Scott Andrews Clarinet
Amnon Levy Violin
Alfred Schneider Violin
Ann Hobson Pilot Harp
Aza Raykhtsaum Violin
Douglas Yeo Bass Trombone
Tanglewood Festival Chorus Choir, Chorus
Bo-Youp Hwang Violin
Owen Young Cello
Michael Zaretsky Viola
Greg Vitale Violin
John Wilkins Guitar
Brynn Albanese Violin
Mark Henry Bass, Bass Guitar
Tamara Smirnova Violin, Concert Master
Rachel Fagerburg Viola
Edward Gazouleas Viola
Gregg Henegar Contrabassoon
Marc Jeanneret Viola
Luis Leguia Cello
Kazuko Matsusaka Viola
John Salkowski Bass
Robert Sheena English Horn
Michael Monaghan Saxophone
Martha Babcock Cello
Gottfried Wilfinger Violin
Keisuke Wakao Oboe
Kelly Barr Violin
Bonnie Bewick Violin
Nancy Bracken Violin
James David Christie Organ
Joseph Conte Violin
Geralyn Coticone Piccolo
Tatiana Dimitriades Violin
Jennifer Elowitch Violin
Ronald Feldman Cello
Sheila Fiekowsky Violin
Burton Fine Viola
Thomas Gauger Percussion
Marianne Gedigian Flute
Roland Small Bassoon
Bruce Hall Trumpet
Joseph Holt Bass
J. William Hudgins Percussion
Daniel Katzen Horn
Sato Knudsen Cello
Thomas Martin Clarinet
Joseph McGauley Violin
Ronald Lowry Cello
James Nova Trombone
Peter Chapman Trumpet
John Oliver Conductor, Choir Master
Mark Oswald Baritone (Vocal)
Performing Artists at Lincoln School Ensemble
Richard Mackey Horn
Technical Credits
Leslie Bricusse Text
Alexander Courage Arranger
Don Sebesky Arranger
Oscar Hammerstein II Text
Pat Hollenbeck Arranger
Jay Livingston Composer
Shawn Murphy Producer, Engineer
Sammy Nestico Arranger
Mitchell Parish Text
Michael Starobin Arranger
Jule Styne Text
George Wyle Composer
Angela Morley Arranger
Bruce Creditor Personnel Manager
Lee Mendelson Text
Keith Lockhart Liner Notes
Walter Rollins Text
Jester Hairston Composer
Lawrence Goldberg Choir Arrangement
Traditional Composer
Edward Pola Composer, Text
Johanna Hill Simpson Artistic Director
John Oliver Director
Steve Nelson Composer
Ray Evens Composer
James Pierpont Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Collection of Holiday music

    This is by far the best collection of holiday music out there. It has pieces that are commonly heard and ones that are not so common. If you are only going to have one CD that has Holiday music on it this should be the one because it covers such a broad spectrum of music.

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