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The Golden Age of Light Music: Christmas Lights

The Golden Age of Light Music: Christmas Lights

Item No. GLCD 5222

Light Music

Price GBP 5.10 / USD

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Medium: CD 
Release Date: 15.07.2014

The success of Guild’s first collection of music associated with the Festive Season (“Christmas Celebration” GLCD5185) has prompted this second compilation, arranged by some of the very best musicians working in Light Music. Somehow Christmas isn’t the same without Festive Music, whether traditional carols or the 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.


Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 Joy To The World (Originally based on Psalm 98) George Frideric Handel, Lowell Mason, Isaac Watts, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:06
02 White Christmas Irving Berlin FRANK CHACKSFIELD AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:10
03 God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen Traditional English carol, believed to date from the 18th century BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA 1:44
04 Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly (Based on a Welsh winter carol ‘Nos Galan’, dating from the 16th century) Welsh Traditional, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:49
05 Snowman’s Land Vogel ZACK LAURENCE, piano, with KEN JONES AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:03
06 Snowy Mountains Joyce Cochrane SYMPHONIA ORCHESTRA Conducted by LUDO PHILIPP 2:53
07 Good Christian Men, Rejoice (An old English carol, believed to date back to the 14th century) Traditional, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:21
08 Good King Wenceslas (Tempus Adest Floridum) (Music based on 13th Century Spring Carol ‘Tempus Adest Floridum’; Words John Mason Neale) Traditional, arr Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:03
09 Snow Ride Eric Winstone Unidentified Orchestra 2:28
10 Santo Natale (Merry Christmas) Al Hoffman, Dick Manning, Belle Nardone STANLEY BLACK AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:06
11 Hark The Herald Angels Sing Charles Wesley, Felix Mendelssohn, adapted William H. Cummings, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:58
12 Angels We Have Heard On High (Believed to have French origins in the 18th century) Traditional arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:53
13 Away In A Manger (Widely known as 'Luther’s Cradle Hymn'. There are many different musical settings for this carol, and this one is the best-known in the United States) Traditional arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:18
14 Gesù Bambino (The Infant Jesus, composed in 1917) Pietro Yon, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:02
15 I Wonder As I Wander (A simple American folk song, popular at Christmas in the United States) John Jacob Niles, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:49
16 Holiday On Ice Len Stevens Unidentified Orchestra 2:28
17 Once More It’s Christmas George Melachrino THE MELACHRINO ORCHESTRA Conducted by GEORGE MELACHRINO 2:24
18 Alpine Sleigh Ride Roger Senicourt, real name Frank Chacksfield FRANK CHACKSFIELD AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:53
19 It Came Upon The Midnight Clear (An American carol from the 19th century) Edmund Sears, Richard Storrs Willis, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:43
20 O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) Attributed to various composers from the 17th century onwards, especially John Francis Wade, but could have originated as early as the 13th century. arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 4:05
21 Sleigh Ride Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart BOSTON 'POPS' ORCHESTRA Conducted by ARTHUR FIEDLER 2:40
22 O Holy Night (Cantique de Noël) Adolphe Adam, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:44
23 The Skaters’ Waltz Émile Waldteufel FRANK CHACKSFIELD AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:42
24 Mrs. Santa Claus Jack Fulton, Lois Steele THE MELACHRINO ORCHESTRA Conducted by GEORGE MELACHRINO 2:32
25 By The Fireside Ray Noble, Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly STANLEY BLACK AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:58
26 The Holly And The Ivy; Here We Go A-Caroling Traditional English carols, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:10
27 The First Noel (The First Nowell) (Believed to be based on an English carol, possibly Cornish, from the 18th century) Traditional, arr. William Hill-Bowen THE MELACHRINO ORCHESTRA Conducted by GEORGE MELACHRINO 2:58
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