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Christmas With Sonos Handbell Ensemble
Sonos Handbell Ensemble, Meredith
Christmas With Sonos Handbell Ensemble
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks, Classical
 
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This best-selling title recreates all of your fondest memories of Christmas with the glorious sound of handbells. This seasonal favorite includes "Silent Night," "Sleigh Ride" and more - twenty selections of carols and Chr...  more »

      
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This best-selling title recreates all of your fondest memories of Christmas with the glorious sound of handbells. This seasonal favorite includes "Silent Night," "Sleigh Ride" and more - twenty selections of carols and Christmas favorites.

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A smooth, relaxing Christmas album
Jason Tiller | Fremont, CA | 02/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Christmas with Sonos Handbell Ensemble" continues the tradition of excellent playing and fine engineering pioneered on Sonos' first disc. The repertoire runs the gamut, but leans toward the quiet, mellow carols and tunes, and the other instruments featured (flute & clarinet) are perfectly balanced and blended with the overall sound. The acoustic is marvelous, greatly benefitting from the superb room at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch and audiophile-quality production.Of special interest is the bluesy/gospel "Christmas Tidings" (Mary Had a Baby Boy/Go Tell It On the Mountain) with clarinet, the lovely "Panis Angelicus" with flute, and a quirky arrangement of "Carol of the Bells," which does not do what you expect! There's the ever-popular nutcracker, along with the Leroy Anderson's hit "Sleigh Ride." A moody "Veni Emmanuel" is paired with a mediaeval-sounding "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen." There's even a little Prokofiev: the "Troika" (another kind of sleigh ride), from Lt. Kije.This CD is great for parties and background music but can also be brought up and appreciated for its detail and finer qualities. A rare combination."
The best Christmas Bells yet!
A Bell Music Lover | California | 06/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am so glad I have this wonderful CD of Christmas songs with bells. The bells are truly played as one instrument and you can really get into the Christmas spirit. It's so hard to record bells well, but they did it! I always tell my friends to BUY this CD to add to their Christmas music collection. In fact, I give the CDs away as gifts! A GREAT RECORDING!"