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The Magic Of Christmas

Canada's Quartetto Gelato is not a string quartet but a flexible ensemble that can include anything from tenor vocals to a musical saw. An accordion frequently plays an important role in the sound and lends the music a Romani tinge. As the name indicates, there's something fundamentally whimsical about the group's music, and Christmas songs are an odd choice for them. The Magic of Christmas can't quite decide whether it wants to be cheeky or old-world lyrical, and the result is misfires such as the pointlessly bouncy versions of "White Christmas" (track 1) and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (track 6). But Quartetto Gelato is never even close to dull, and the successes are equally numerous: the unique and sweet version of "The Christmas Song," taking it back to the confines of an Eastern European cafe, ca. 1920, or the selections from the "Nutcracker," cleverly boiled down to quartet size. Corelli's "Christmas Concerto" brings the balance between traditional classical repertory and popular song that has been present on the other Quartetto Gelato albums; it, too, is inventively transferred to this format. Probably fans of the group and its attitude will find The Magic of Christmas delightful, but those in search of general Christmas music, or those who want to get to know Quartetto Gelato for the first time, might sample before buying.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2010
Label: Linus
UPC: 0803057012626
catalogNumber: 270126
Rank: 229611

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Quartetto Gelato   Primary Artist,String Quartet

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Arcangelo Corelli   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Gary Gray   Producer,Engineering
Walter Kent   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Cynthia Steljes   Arranger
Quartetto Gelato   Arranger
Rebecca Pellett   Producer
Christmas Traditional   Composer
Peter de Sotto   Programming,Producer
Robertson   Arranger
Pietro Yon   Composer
McIntosh   Arranger

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