What If Mozart Wrote "White Christmas"

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
There's an interesting story and idea behind this easy, charming sounding little holiday album. Warren Schatz, who produced this set and also conceived of it years ago, remembered that his father absolutely loved Christmas and holiday albums, and also had a love of symphonic music. After working as a producer, arranger, and sometimes singer, Schatz went on to run RCA's publishing company, and he eventually ended up the head of the company's music department. Somewhere along the line, he conceived of the idea of combining classical orchestral arrangements with Christmas songs, and as a sort of tribute to his father, he recorded a scaled-down demo of his idea with the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
There's an interesting story and idea behind this easy, charming sounding little holiday album. Warren Schatz, who produced this set and also conceived of it years ago, remembered that his father absolutely loved Christmas and holiday albums, and also had a love of symphonic music. After working as a producer, arranger, and sometimes singer, Schatz went on to run RCA's publishing company, and he eventually ended up the head of the company's music department. Somewhere along the line, he conceived of the idea of combining classical orchestral arrangements with Christmas songs, and as a sort of tribute to his father, he recorded a scaled-down demo of his idea with the Hampton String Quartet. RCA liked and bought the demo recording as is, and it was released as a seasonal holiday LP called What If Mozart Wrote White Christmas in 1986, and the set has remained steadily in print ever since in various incarnations. The string quartet recording, however, was only ever intended to be a sketch of Schatz's original concept. This new recording, released by his own Warren Schatz Records imprint, finds Schatz finally able to expand that concept with a larger orchestra the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra. Things are still pretty string-heavy, and the arrangements are essentially the same as the ones used for the demo recordings, so this new expanded set doesn't so much replace the earlier quartet release as much as it augments it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Perfect Sound Studio
  • UPC: 085527200522
  • Catalog Number: 5
  • Sales rank: 4,561

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra Primary Artist, Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Petri Juutilainen Conductor
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Barry Gordon Arranger
Mel Tormé Composer
Mitch Farber Arranger
Jerry Herman Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Katherine Davis Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Bernard Herrmann Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Henry Onorati Composer
Warren Schatz Producer, Mastering
Jule Styne Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Gillespie Composer
Bobby "BW" Wells Composer
Ralph Blane Composer
Tommi Liuhala Producer
Valerie Kennedy Graphic Design
Noel Regney Composer
Jack Rollins Composer
George Andrews Arranger
Steve Nelson Composer
George Andrews Arranger
Richard B. Smith Composer
James Bennett Cover Painting
Walter Schatz Cover Photo
Urmas Lattikas Engineer
Gloria Shayne Baker Composer
Bagdasarian Composer
Simeone Composer
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  • Posted December 15, 2014

    I bought this CD as a gift for my brother and, after hearing it,

    I bought this CD as a gift for my brother and, after hearing it, realized I should have gotten myself a copy. The arrangements are clever and interesting; classical music lovers will recognize the style of the composer being imitated. But this CD transcends being simply a novelty recording. The arrangements still sound like the Christmas classics and favorites, just dressed up in new colors. Classical music lovers will find it somewhat reminiscent of PDQ Bach, those not well-versed in the genre would find it enjoyable and very listenable. This would make a delightful addition to one's Christmas music collection.

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