Pops Christmas Party

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
When it originally appeared in 1959, this LP was regarded as one of the sonic gems in the RCA Victor "Living Stereo" library, a demonstration-quality stereo record that was also chock-full of supremely enjoyable music, from Leroy Anderson to Tchaikovsky. And original "Shaded Dog" label copies referring to the early masterings/pressings, and the image of "Nipper" the dog on the label in mint condition are still highly prized by audiophiles 50 years later. The repertory here, a mix of light orchestral holiday standards, arrangements of popular Christmas songs, and some excerpts from more ambitious classical works especially The Nutcracker, was ideal for Arthur Fiedler and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
When it originally appeared in 1959, this LP was regarded as one of the sonic gems in the RCA Victor "Living Stereo" library, a demonstration-quality stereo record that was also chock-full of supremely enjoyable music, from Leroy Anderson to Tchaikovsky. And original "Shaded Dog" label copies referring to the early masterings/pressings, and the image of "Nipper" the dog on the label in mint condition are still highly prized by audiophiles 50 years later. The repertory here, a mix of light orchestral holiday standards, arrangements of popular Christmas songs, and some excerpts from more ambitious classical works especially The Nutcracker, was ideal for Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, and they ran with it -- Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" is the most famous recording here, a classic that is almost as ubiquitous during the Christmas season as Bing Crosby's recording of "White Christmas." But there's a lot else to love on this album, including "A Christmas Festival," Anderson's arrangement of familiar songs and carols "Joy to the World" etc. as an orchestral fantasia, plus "White Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland." Some of the material may seem to go far afield, but it's all winter-themed and holds together exceptionally well. The 1994 CD reissue was expanded to just over 72 minutes, and offers exceptionally bright, crisp sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/1994
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266168521
  • Catalog Number: 61685
  • Sales rank: 334,683

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Christmas Festival, for orchestra (original version) [Medley] - Boston Pops Orchestra (8:41)
  2. 2 Overture - Boston Pops Orchestra (3:10)
  3. 3 White Christmas, song (from "Holiday Inn") - Alfred Krips (2:51)
  4. 4 Sleigh Ride, for orchestra (or string orchestra) - Boston Pops Orchestra (3:02)
  5. 5 Winter Wonderland - Boston Pops Orchestra (3:00)
  6. 6 Parade of the Tin Soldiers for orchestra (Parade der Zinsoldaten), Op. - Boston Pops Orchestra (3:58)
  7. 7 Chocolate (Spanish Dance) - Boston Pops Orchestra (1:10)
  8. 8 Coffee (Arabian Dance) - Boston Pops Orchestra (3:39)
  9. 9 Tea (Chinese Dance) - Boston Pops Orchestra (1:14)
  10. 10 The Toy Trumpet - Boston Pops Orchestra (2:27)
  11. 11 Trepak (Russian Dance) - Boston Pops Orchestra (1:03)
  12. 12 Dance of the Flutes - Boston Pops Orchestra (2:08)
  13. 13 Dream Pantomime - Boston Pops Orchestra (9:39)
  14. 14 Mother Gigogne and the Clowns - Boston Pops Orchestra (2:39)
  15. 15 Sleigh Ride - Boston Pops Orchestra (2:42)
  16. 16 Waltz of the Flowers - Boston Pops Orchestra (6:23)
  17. 17 Pas de deux - Boston Pops Orchestra (4:42)
  18. 18 Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy - Boston Pops Orchestra (1:36)
  19. 19 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Boston Pops Orchestra (2:13)
  20. 20 Final Waltz - Boston Pops Orchestra (3:31)
  21. 21 Santa Claus is Comin' To Town - Boston Pops Orchestra (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arthur Fiedler Primary Artist, Conductor
Al Hirt Trumpet
Boston Pops Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Alfred Krips Violin
Hayman Arra
Technical Credits
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Leroy Anderson Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Mason Arranger
Felix Bernard Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
John Crawford Engineer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Johnny Marks Composer
Raymond Scott Composer
Lewis Layton Engineer
Richard Mohr Producer
Dick Smith Composer
John Pfeiffer Producer, Reissue Producer
Thomas MacCluskey Engineer, Remastering
Robert A. Simon Liner Notes
Gould Arranger
Leon Jessel Composer
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