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|John Henry Hopkins, William James Kirkpatrick, George Frederick Handel|
Christmas in the Morning: A Celebration in Brass
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
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A True Celebration in Brass
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It somehow wouldn't be Christmas without hearing the carols and songs of the season played in all their glory on the instruments of the brass family. This album, Christmas in the Morning-A Celebration in Brass, is a wonderful compilation garnered from earlier recordings by the Canadian Brass, The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and the Michael Laird Brass Ensemble. The Canadian Brass tracks are innovative arrangements played as only the Canadian Brass can. Their musicianship and showmanship are second to none. The Philip Jones tracks are from a now out of print album,Christmas Brass,released in 1982. Of particular interest on the original(which I have on vinyl)are four arrangements of carols by John Rutter. Three of those: O Come, All Ye Faithful, Wassail Song and We Wish You A Merry Christmas are included on the current CD. The arrangement of We Wish you A Merry Christmas is one of my favorites and is played with great enthusiasm.
I gave this album four stars, because the two tracks by Michael Laird Brass Ensemble are flat and uninspired, compared to the rest of the album. The only other flaw in an otherwise great album was inserting the Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy(Nutcracker) between two pieces from Bach's Christmas Oratorio and the advent hymn, O Come, O Come Emanuel. Tacky! Sugar Plum would have been better inserted next to Twelve Days of Christmas."
Anthony | Pittsburgh, PA | 11/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an amazing cd. You will love it. I've had it for quite a few years now and it is truely amazing. The music is relaxing and just pure as can be."