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Tony M. from WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Reviewed on 1/13/2015...
A marvelous recording of classical Christmas music. It was originally recorded and released on LP vinyl in the mid-50's in the very early days of stereo. The arrangements are grabbing. I was thrilled to find it had been re-released on CD. This is an album that you don't use as background music; you listen intently to catch all the nuances. If you like orchestral music, this is for you.
Original 101 Strings' "Glory"
sherebiah | Santa Ana, CA United States | 11/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Here is the only CD recording of "The Glory of Christmas" that was a part of the 101 Strings 33 1/3 collection. Peaceful and beautiful, this recording was made before the digitized, computerized-era plastic music of today. The background choir is absolutely excellent, too."
Wonderfully Captures the Christmas Spirit
M. Ellis | 10/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"101 Strings "The Glory of Christmas" is quickly becoming a personal holiday favorite. The music ranges from a wonderful simplicity to certain majestic moments that can't help but propel the listener into the true beauty and solace that is Christmas music when performed and arranged properly.
As much as I love the old traditional standards of the season ( Nat King Cole, Bing, Como, etc), nevertheless it is the beautiful orchestrations and arrangements of these timeless songs that truly fill out the Christmas season.
Two highlights of the CD are "While Sheppards Watched Their Flocks" and the medley of "Good King Wenceslas" and "Jingle Bells". True, one doesn't necessarily fit those two songs in a category for a medley, still the production works very well. In one song we are treated to the religious (real) reason for the season and the fun simplicity of a song all of us grew up listening to in days certainly more innocent.
Perhaps where the CD doesn't quite hit the mark is in some of the choral arrangements. While certainly acceptable, they are not the CD's zenith.
101 Strings "The Glory of Christmas" is very good because it is not overly-pretentious. It is a wonderful CD for anyone who likes to listen to the soothing sounds of Christmas next to a crackling fire with a glass of your favorite beverage close by.