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Christmas With Handbells / Reinsant, Columba Ringers


Release Date: 11/26/2002 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 7234   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Lowell MasonFranz Xaver GruberGustav HolstTraditional,   ... 
Conductor:  Raymond F. Reinsant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columba Ringers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Christmas music has the potential of moving across territorial boundaries and truly belongs to all peoples and cultures. It is a gift to the World. This cultural richness is here translated into the musical language of the Handbell idiom and offered to you as our Christmas Gift for your inspiration, enjoyment and peace. The music ranges from the traditional carol and classical forms particular to the season as well as a few unique pieces which enhance our Christmas repertoire. The moods are somber, meditative, joyous and peaceful; each telling their part of the Christmas story.

Music has the wonder-filled ability to transform our present moment and help our
Read more human spirit find the Transcendent; it is never more true than at Christmas. The quiet and spiritual quality of O Holy Night, Stille Nacht, I Wonder As I Wander and , Of The Father’s Love Begotten set the mood for reflection that is natural to the presence of the Christmas mystery; the wonder of the December Winter-Solstice is found in Holst’s In The Bleak Mid- Winter and the traditional What Child Is This. Christmas would not be complete without traditional and joyous carols such as Joy To The World and Angels We Have Heard On High, as well as the ever popular Ukrainian Bell Carol which are wonderfully expressed by Christmas Bells and likewise symbolic of the ever present new-life of the incarnation of Christ not only of yesteryear, but re-announced annually by joyous Angelic choirs and Marching Kings. Classical music always find its place in the Christmas repertoire with such favourites as Bizet’s March Of The Kings, and Handel’s Passacaglia. Just as universally, the Christmas season would not be complete without certain images of yuletide family celebrations symbolized by the fun-loving McChesney arrangment of We Wish You A Merry Christmas and Masters in This Hall.

We wish our listeners the world over, the Peace of this great Christmas Festival and the Joy of this wonderful season! We hope our gift of Christmas Handbell music fills your homes for many years to come.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Conductor:  Raymond F. Reinsant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columba Ringers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/27/2001 
Venue:  St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: A. B. Sherman 
2.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Raymond F. Reinsant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columba Ringers
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/27/2001 
Venue:  St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: B. Garee 
3.
In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Raymond F. Reinsant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columba Ringers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1906; England 
Date of Recording: 11/27/2001 
Venue:  St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: K. Buckwalter 
4.
Of the Father's love begotten by Traditional
Conductor:  Raymond F. Reinsant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columba Ringers
Date of Recording: 11/27/2001 
Venue:  St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: K. McChesney 
5.
What child is this? by Traditional
Conductor:  Raymond F. Reinsant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columba Ringers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 11/27/2002 
Venue:  St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: C. Dobrinski 
6.
I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Conductor:  Raymond F. Reinsant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columba Ringers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 11/27/2001 
Venue:  St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: K. L. Buckwalter 
7.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Raymond F. Reinsant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columba Ringers
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 11/27/2002 
Venue:  St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: D. Benton 
8.
Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Raymond F. Reinsant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columba Ringers
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 11/27/2001 
Venue:  St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: H. Morris 
9.
Carol of the Bells by Traditional
Conductor:  Raymond F. Reinsant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columba Ringers
Written: Ukraine 
Date of Recording: 11/27/2001 
Venue:  St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: H. Morris 
10.
Suite for Harpsichord in G minor, HWV 432: no 6, Passacaglia by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Raymond F. Reinsant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columba Ringers
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
Date of Recording: 11/27/2001 
Venue:  St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: W. Griffin 
11.
Masters in this hall by Traditional
Conductor:  Raymond F. Reinsant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columba Ringers
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 11/27/2001 
Venue:  St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: A. B. Sherman 
12.
March of the Kings by Traditional
Conductor:  Raymond F. Reinsant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columba Ringers
Date of Recording: 11/27/2002 
Venue:  St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: V. W. Stephenson 
13.
We wish you a merry Christmas by Traditional
Conductor:  Raymond F. Reinsant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columba Ringers
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 11/27/2001 
Venue:  St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: K. McChesney 

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