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Follow That Star / Peter Dijkstra, The Gents


Release Date: 11/11/2003 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 20403   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousHugh MartinIrving BerlinHoward Blake,   ... 
Performer:  Maksym Minakov
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The GentsRubens QuartetMarimba Kwartet Carrefour
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection is a Hybrid Multichannel Super Audio CD. The Stereo Hybrid SACD program can be played on any standard compact disc player. The DSD Surround and Stereo programs require an SACD player for playback.


Although technically this is not really a "classical recording"--its sensibility and the majority of its repertoire are definitely more in the pop and pseudo-jazz vein--its acoustic foundation and the priority given to voices and to vocal ensemble technique in this Dutch group's presentation (not to mention the sort of overlapping of categories that's always been accepted in Christmas music) enable it to live comfortably in the classical CD section with other
Read more similarly-cast programs--think the King's Singers, for example. And when you hear these 14 polished, stylistically savvy male singers, who make up a group that, according to the liner notes is "unique in the Netherlands", you'll quickly be taken in by the warm, vibrant sound, the fine blend, and by the nifty arrangements, most written specially for The Gents by Dutch arrangers.


The range of pieces encompasses traditional sacred repertoire such as Es ist ein Ros entsprungen and Silent Night and travels all the way to modern popular favorites such as Have yourself a merry little Christmas, White Christmas, Jingle bell rock, and Mel Tormé's classic The Christmas Song. Although songs such as Howard Blake's Walking in the air and Paul McCartney's sappy Wonderful Christmastime may stretch some listeners' schlock tolerance, the overall concept and execution here amount to a successful and eminently listenable holiday celebration that captures the season's lively, lighthearted spirit. Channel Classics' sound on this Hybrid Super Audio CD is truly super, its full-featured dynamic range and clarity lending impressive realism to an unusual and well-produced program that easily stands out among the dozens of new Christmas recordings. [11/8/2003]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Piae Cantiones: Gaudete, gaudete by Anonymous
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1582; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Bouwe de Jong 
2.
Es ist eins Ros' entsprungen by Anonymous
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents,  Rubens Quartet
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Rene Veen 
3.
Meet Me in St. Louis: Have yourself a merry little Christmas by Hugh Martin
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Peter Gritton 
4.
Holiday Inn: White Christmas by Irving Berlin
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Tijs Krammer 
5.
The Snowman: Walking In the Air by Howard Blake
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents,  Rubens Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; England 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Tijs Krammer 
6.
Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents,  Marimba Kwartet Carrefour
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1979; England 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Tijs Krammer 
7.
Hijo de la luna by José Maria Cano
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents,  Rubens Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Tijs Krammer 
8.
Santa Claus is comin' to town by John Frederic Coots
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Peter Gritton 
9.
Just another star by Karl Jenkins
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Peter Gritton 
10.
Jingle Bell Rock by Joseph Carleton Beal
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Tijs Krammer 
11.
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by Jule Styne
Performer:  Maksym Minakov (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents,  Rubens Quartet,  Marimba Kwartet Carrefour
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Bouwe de Jong 
12.
The Christmas Song by Mel Torme
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Peter Gritton 
13.
Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Maksym Minakov (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rubens Quartet,  Marimba Kwartet Carrefour
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
14.
Winter Wonderland by Felix Bernard
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Peter Gritton 
15.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Euwe de Jong 
16.
Follow that Star by Peter Gritton
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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