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A Festival of Carols in Brass / Philadelphia Brass


Release Date: 07/16/1991 
Label:  Cbs Masterworks Catalog #: 7033   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Lowell MasonFranz Xaver GruberTraditionalJohn Francis Wade,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 42 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A Festival of Carols in Brass is the very definition of a Christmas "classic" -- since it was first issued in 1967 it has never gone out of print, and the recording remains the number-one choice for brass-styled Christmas music played in shopping malls throughout the United States during the holiday season. This album by the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble contains 25 traditional carols that are arranged in a colorful but no-nonsense fashion. To vary the sound, the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble makes use of differing instrumental combinations between the various players, even within a carol, in addition to a sparing but tasteful application of mutes. As opposed to merely getting through a carol without mistakes and to everyone's Read more satisfaction, the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble takes the time to arrive at a blend of sound and work together on trying to make it as beautiful as possible, and it shows. CBS' analog recording, though well nigh approaching the age of 40 years, is bright, spacious, clear, and not dated.

The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble was a leaderless group drawn from the brass section of the Philadelphia Orchestra. During this time conductor Eugene Ormandy had the Philadelphia Orchestra extremely busy in the recording studios, waxing practically the entire major orchestral literature for CBS Masterworks. Once in awhile the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble would get a chance to do something on its own, as long as Ormandy was aware of it and got a piece of the action. Ironically, A Festival of Carols in Brass has outsold practically all of the regular orchestral recordings made by the Philadelphia Orchestra in the 1960s.

– Uncle Dave Lewis, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
2. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
3. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Andrew Kazdin. 
4. We wish you a merry Christmas by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Written: England 
5. Deck the Halls by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Written: Wales, UK 
6. Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Written: France 
7. The first nowell by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Written: England 
8. Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Written: France 
9. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
10. O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
11. O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
12. Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Written: England 
13. O sanctissima "Sicilian Mariners" by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
14. Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
15. God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Written: England 
16. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
17. It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
18. Good Christian men, rejoice by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Written: Germany 
19. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
20. What child is this? by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
21. Wassail Song by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
22. O little town of Bethlehem by Lewis H. Redner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; USA 
23. Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
24. We three kings by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
25. Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 

Sound Samples

Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella
The First Noel
Angels We Have Heard on High
We Three Kings of Orient Are
O Come, All Ye Faithful
O Sanctissima
O Tannenbaum
O Come, O Come, Emanuel
Good King Wenceslas
Silent Night, Holy Night
Joy To The World
The Twelve Days Of Christmas
Coventry Carol
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Good Christian Men, Rejoice
O Holy Night
What Child Is This?
Wassail Song
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Away In A Manger
We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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 Fantastic CD January 11, 2014 By Julie S. (Wharton, NJ) See All My Reviews "Perhaps the best Christmas CD out there- great playing of great literature!!!!!!" Report Abuse
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