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A Brass & Organ Christmas / Fenstermaker, Bay Brass, Krehbiel
Pietro Yon, Claude-Beninge Balbastre, Georges Bizet
A Brass & Organ Christmas / Fenstermaker, Bay Brass, Krehbiel
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #1

Noted organist John Fenstermaker recorded this gorgeous Christmas disc with the Bay Brass at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. Includes "Joy to the World," "Greensleeves," "The Christmas Nightingale," "Silent Night," and ma...  more »

      
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Noted organist John Fenstermaker recorded this gorgeous Christmas disc with the Bay Brass at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. Includes "Joy to the World," "Greensleeves," "The Christmas Nightingale," "Silent Night," and many more.
 

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A Brass & Organ Christmas - GREAT
J. Wagner | Groveland, CA USA | 12/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Recorded in Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, this is a really spectacular CD featuring a ton of great music and many familiar classics. Huge sound, flawless performances by The Bay Brass and organist John Fenstermaker. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys Christmas/holiday music. The acoustics in Grace Cathedral add a unique and very rich dimension to the sound."
Bay Brass Debut CD
J. Wagner | 10/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Bay Brass has been around for nearly 10 years. The group is composed of the best brass players in the San Franciso Bay Area. This album represents some great playing on all levels. Most of the music is traditional holiday music with great brass/organ arrangements. It was recorded at the Grace Cathedral where the acoustics are tremendous for brass and organ. I give this album 5 stars, as the playing and music combination is the best."
American Record Guide (Nov/Dec. 2000) says...
J. Wagner | 11/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Brass and Organ Christmas/Bay Brass"If you're looking for festive Christmas music by brass and organ, you won't find a better recording than this one. The arrangements are lovely and unusual, the performances loving. While I enjoy the whole disc, I am especially taken by Elgar Howarth's haunting look at Greensleeves, Anthony DiLorenzo's spectacular settings of "Joy to the World" and "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing", Jonathan Ring's touching arrangement of "Silent Night" (which begins and ends with conductor A. David Krehbiel and horn player Robert Ward on alphorns), David Baldwin's setting of the Hallelujah Chorus and Ralph Carmichael's colorful arrangement of "Twelve Days of Christmas."Staffed by members of the San Francisco Symphony and other important area orchestras, Bay Brass is a truly wonderful brass ensemble with a full-bodied sound and no rough edges. The recording was made in Grace Cathedral with John Fenstermaker, who plays a magnificent Aeolian-Skinner organ with 123 ranks and a smaller 19th-century hand-pumped one. Considering the acoustics of such a large space, the recorded sound is excellent - the group is heard in fine detail, and the lengthy sound delay is never obtrusive and is often magical."-Kilpatrick"