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Gifts
Nashville Mandolin Ensemble
Gifts
Genres: Country, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
 
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There was a time 100 years ago when mandolin orchestras were commonplace and playing to sold-out audiences. Today they are as rare as snow in Pasadena. In 1996 the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, formed to "rediscover" the lo...  more »

      
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All Artists: Nashville Mandolin Ensemble
Title: Gifts
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 10/29/1996
Release Date: 10/29/1996
Genres: Country, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
Styles: Bluegrass, Holiday & Wedding, Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074646779927

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There was a time 100 years ago when mandolin orchestras were commonplace and playing to sold-out audiences. Today they are as rare as snow in Pasadena. In 1996 the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, formed to "rediscover" the lost treasures of the orchestras, recorded this warm and inspired collection of carols, sacred songs, suites, and secular favorites. As instrumental records go, this one is a rarity and a welcome addition to any holiday music collection. The Latinlike voicing on such pieces as "Dance of the Mirlitons" from the Nutcracker Suite and the bell-like sonorities throughout the disc help Gifts truly live up to its name. Besides, when was the last time a holiday record featured captivating liner notes about the history and culture of the mandolin-based instruments featured on this delectable find? --Martin Keller

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Gifts
S Thomas Percival | Mt. Bethel, PA United States | 11/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Nashville Mandolin Ensemble has given to us of their talent like no other group when it comes to this fine instrument. Butch Baldassari and Charles Derrington have joined with other fine musicians in putting together this extraordinary Christmas album. I would have bought this CD just to hear "Cantique de Noel" If you enjoy instrumental Christmas music you will definitely appreciate this one !!"