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The Golden Age of Light Music: Christmas Celebration

The Golden Age of Light Music: Christmas Celebration

Item No. GLCD 5185

Light Music

Price GBP 5.10 / USD

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Medium: CD 
Release Date: 11.08.2011

Somehow Christmas isn’t the same without Festive Music, whether traditional carols or the appealing popular melodies dreamed up by composers who know how to tear at our nostalgic heartstrings. Both categories can be found in abundance in this collection, which offers tasteful orchestral settings of some of the best known carols from various countries alongside the catchy novelties that make Christmas such a happy time of the year. In the hands of the top arrangers and orchestras assembled on this CD, there is every chance that the discerning listener will discover some new sounds that add a welcome vibrancy to old, familiar friends. The six conductors performing the music for our enjoyment were among the most famous in the world towards the end of the 1950s, when these stereo recordings were made. Billy Vaughn, Percy Faith, George Melachrino, Mantovani, Angela Morley and Arthur Fiedler with his famous Boston 'Pops' combine to make this one of the finest orchestral Christmas collections ever.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 Jingle Bells James Lord Pierpont, arr. George H. Greeley BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA 1:36
02 We Three Kings Of Orient Are (An American carol from the 19th century) Reverend John Henry Hopkins Junior, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:08
03 Hark The Herald Angels Sing (An English carol with origins in the 18th century, although the popular version dates from a century later) Charles Wesley, Felix Mendelssohn, adapted William H. Cummings, arr. Billy Vaughn BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:43
04 Good King Wenceslas (Tempus Adest Floridum) (Music based on 13th Century Spring Carol 'Tempus Adest Floridum'; Words John Mason Neale) Traditional, arr. William Hill-Bowen THE MELACHRINO ORCHESTRA Conducted by GEORGE MELACHRINO 2:47
05 Snowfall Claude Thornhill, arr. Angela Morley ANGELA MORLEY AND HER ORCHESTRA as 'WALLY STOTT' on LP label 3:03
06 Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer John D. Marks, arr. Richard Hayman BOSTON 'POPS' ORCHESTRA Conducted by ARTHUR FIEDLER 2:10
07 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Thomas Patrick Connor THE MELACHRINO ORCHESTRA Conducted by GEORGE MELACHRINO 2:09
08 White Christmas (from the 1942 film "Holiday Inn") Irving Berlin, arr. Billy Vaughn BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:00
09 The First Noel (The First Nowell Believed to be based on an English carol, possibly Cornish, from the 18th century) Traditional, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:23
10 Joy To The World (Originally based on Psalm 98) Handel, Lowell Mason, Isaac Watts, arr. Billy Vaughn BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:26
11 Nazareth Traditional, arr. Cecil Milner MANTOVANI AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:12
12 Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) (An English carol which may have originated in the 13th century) John Francis Wade, arr. Billy Vaughn BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:15
13 Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly (Based on a Welsh winter carol 'Nos Galan', dating from the 16th century) Welsh Traditional, arr. George H Greeley BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA 1:35
14 Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson BOSTON 'POPS' ORCHESTRA Conducted by ARTHUR FIEDLER 2:58
15 Fairy On The Christmas Tree Roma Campbell Hunter, Harry Parr-Davies THE MELACHRINO ORCHESTRA Conducted by GEORGE MELACHRINO 1:54
16 Winter Wonderland Felix Bernard, arr. Jack Mason BOSTON 'POPS' ORCHESTRA Conducted by ARTHUR FIEDLER 2:56
17 Christmas Sleigh Bells (Romance and Troika from "Lieutenant Kije") Sergei Prokofiev, arr. Angela Morley ANGELA MORLEY AND HER ORCHESTRA as 'WALLY STOTT' on LP label 2:58
18 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town J. Fred Coots, arr. Jack Mason BOSTON 'POPS' ORCHESTRA Conducted by ARTHUR FIEDLER 2:38
19 Christmas Alphabet Buddy Kaye, Jules Loman THE MELACHRINO ORCHESTRA Conducted by GEORGE MELACHRINO 2:01
20 God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (English carol, believed to date from the 18th century) Traditional THE MELACHRINO ORCHESTRA Conducted by GEORGE MELACHRINO 2:55
21 Carol Of The Bells (A Ukrainain carol, first performed in 1916) Peter J. Wilhousky, Mykola Leontovich, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:14
22 Silent Night, Holy Night (Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht) (An Austrian carol from the 19th century) Joseph Mohr, Franz Xaver Gruber, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:43
23 It Came Upon The Midnight Clear (An American carol from the 19th century) Edmund Sears, Richard Storrs Willis, arr. Billy Vaughn BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:30
24 I Saw Three Ships (An English carol with origins in the 17th century) Traditional, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:00
25 O Little Town Of Bethlehem (An American carol from the 19th century) Lewis Redner, arr. Billy Vaughn BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:32
26 Angels From The Realms Of Glory (An English carol from the 19th century) Traditional, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 1:21
27 Christians, Awake! (An English carol from the 18th century) John Byrom, John Wainwright, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 1:26
28 O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (A German folk tune with connections dating back to the 16th century; the most popular version today dates from the 19th century) Traditional, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:11
29 The Skaters' Waltz Émile Waldteufel MANTOVANI AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:51
30 Hallelujah Chorus from "Messiah" George Frideric Handel, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 4:19
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