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Christmas Dreams On 13 Strings / Miolin

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Release Date: 12/18/2012 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2026  
Composer:  Franz Xaver GruberTraditionalL. K. BeckmannEmmy Köhler,   ... 
Performer:  Anders Miolin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Of all the world’s religious festivals, Christmas is probably the most universal and all-inclusive. When the angels appeared to the shepherds outside of Bethlehem, they announced peace on earth and good will toward all mankind – and according to the legend they did so with music. The songs of Christmas have thus become a truly international common heritage, as demonstrated by the famous Christmas Truce in 1914 when soldiers on both sides of the battlefield near Ypres in Belgium spontaneously laid down their weapons and joined in the singing of Silent Night, in three languages. When making his selection of songs and creating his fantasies on
Read more them, Anders Miolin's aim has been to convey this universality. Not only has he included songs from Russia and Poland, as well as Scotland, Mexico and his native Sweden, in his adaptations of them he also employs a wide variety of styles. His own two compositions also reflect this aspect: Azure Christmas is a memory of a Christmas he celebrated on Martinique, with singing and drumming in the rain forest at a temperature of 35°C, while Stellæ nocte hibernali somniantes (‘Winter Night Dreaming Stars’) catches the experience of ‘standing in the snow looking up at the clear winter sky, with all its twinkling stars dreaming on our behalf’. On a number of acclaimed discs, Anders Miolin has recorded his own arrangements of music by composers such as Ravel, Debussy and Granados, performing them on 10-string guitar. Together with the Swiss luthier Ermanno Chiavi he has now developed an instrument with 13 strings. The fantasias included on ‘Christmas Dreams’ have all been composed with the possibilities of this instrument in mind: a range of five full octaves, and a more powerful sound and wider dynamic spectrum than a traditional guitar.

The CD contains refreshingly creative guitar settings of Christmas music from across the world, arranged and performed on the 13 string guitar by Anders Miolin, and chosen as the main featured release for Christmas 2012 by the renowned label, BIS. - miolin.com

1. Stille Nacht (Fr X Gruber)
2. Good King Wenceslas (traditional)
3. Lulaje, Jezuniu (traditional)
4. Noël nouvelet (traditional) / Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle (trad)
5. V lesu rodilas elochka (L K Beckmann) / Nu tändas tusen juleljus (E Köhler)
6. Es wird schon gleich dunkel (trad) / Adeste fideles (J. Fr. Wade)
7. Convidando está la noche (J García de Zéspedes)
8. Les Anges dans nos campagnes (traditional)
9. Maria durch ein Dornwald ging (traditional) / Canzone d'l zampognari (traditional)
10. It came upon the midnight clear (Arthur Sullivan)
11. In dulci jubilo (trad) / I Saw Three Ships (trad.)
12. Baloo Lammy (trad) / Balulalow (Peter Warlock)
13. Azure Christmas (Anders Miolin)
14. Stellæ nocte hibernali somniantes (Anders Miolin)

Anders Miolin, guitar

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Works on This Recording

1.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
2.
Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle by Traditional
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
Written: France 
3.
Noël nouvelet by Traditional
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
Written: France 
4.
Maria durch ein' Dornwald ging by Traditional
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
5.
Lulajze Jezuniu (Sleep, Little Jesus) (Polish) by Traditional
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
Written: Poland 
6.
Les anges dans nos campagnes by Traditional
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
Written: France 
7.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
8.
I saw three ships by Traditional
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
Written: England 
9.
Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
Written: England 
10.
Es wird schon gleich dumpa (The Twilight Is Falling) (Austrian) by Traditional
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
11.
Canzone dei zampognari by Traditional
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
12.
Baloo, Lammy by Traditional
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
Written: Scotland 
13.
V lesu rodilas elochka by L. K. Beckmann
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
14.
Nu tändas tusen juleljus by Emmy Köhler
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
15.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
16.
Convidando está la noche by Juan Garcia de Zéspedes
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Mexico 
17.
Noel "It came upon the midnight clear" by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
Period: Post-Romantic 
18.
Carols (3): Balulalow by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
19.
Azure Christmas by Anders Miolin
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)
20.
Stellæ nocte hibernali somniantes by Anders Moilin
Performer:  Anders Miolin (Guitar)

Sound Samples

Stille Nacht (Silent Night) (arr. A. Miolin)
Good King Wenceslas (arr. A. Miolin)
Lulajze jezuniu (arr. A. Miolin)
Noel nouvelet - Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle (arr. A. Miolin)
V lesu rodilas elochka - Nu tandas tusen juleljus (arr. A. Miolin)
Es wird schon gleich dunke - Adeste fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) (arr. A. Miolin)
Convidando esta la noche (arr. A. Miolin)
Les anges dans nos campagnes (arr. A. Miolin)
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging - Canzone d'l zampognar (arr. A. Miolin)
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (arr. A. Miolin)
In dulci jubilo - I Saw Three Ships (arr. A. Miolin)
Baloo lammy - Balulalow (arr. A. Miolin)
Azure Christmas
Stellae nocte hibernali somniantes

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