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Christmas Festival / Bell, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Youth Chorus


Release Date: 12/09/2016 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 5051962  
Composer:  Malcolm ArnoldTraditionalRobert ChilcottLibby Larsen,   ... 
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National OrchestraRoyal Scottish National Junior Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This new recording captures the magic of the season as the RSNO and its Junior Chorus deliver a perfect selection of classic festive favourites in A Christmas Festival. These charming performances show why their joyous, fun-packed Christmas concerts, conducted by the inimitable Christopher Bell, are always a highlight of the Scottish seasonal calendar. The well-chosen programme finds traditional favourites, such as Jingle Bells, In A Cottage In A Wood and Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, sitting harmoniously alongside contemporary tunes from Michael Head and Howard Blake (The Snowman, The Bear). An unexpected but brilliant instrumental mash-up up of The Little Dummer Boy with Ravel’s Bolero gives centre-stage to the award-winning RSNO. Two Read more fantastic medleys provide a one stop shop of Christmas tunes both old and new which you’ll be hard pressed not to join in with! At turns rousing, sentimental, cheering and familiar this is the perfect present this Christmas. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Holly and The Ivy: Fantasy on Christmas Carols by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952 
2.
Christmas Carol Fantasy by Traditional
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
3.
Mid-winter by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
4.
Ring the Bells by Libby Larsen
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
5.
Taladh Chriosta by Traditional
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
6.
The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum" by Katherine K. Davis
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
7.
The Snowman: Walking In the Air by Howard Blake
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; England 
8.
The Bear: Somewhere A Star Shines for Everyone by Howard Blake
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
9.
Christmas Spirit by Matthew Curtis
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
10.
I Pray by Paul Mealor
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
11.
Jingle Bells by James Pierpont
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; USA 
12.
Jolly old Saint Nicolas by Traditional
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
Written: England 
13.
(I'm Gettin') Nuttin' For Christmas by Roy C. Bennett
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
14.
Up on the housetop by Benjamin Russell Hanby
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1866; USA 
15.
A Christmas Carnival by Richard Bissill
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
16.
Johnny Marks Medley by Johnny Marks
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
17.
In a Cottage in a Wood by Traditional
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
18.
A Young Austrian Went Yodelling by Traditional
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
19.
The Snow Waltz, for orchestra by Thomas Koschat
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
Period: Romantic 
20.
Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76: no 52, Maria Wiegenlied by Max Reger
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1912; Germany 
21.
Little Road To Bethlehem by Michael Head
Conductor:  Christopher Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Junior Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 

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