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Let It Snow / Mayer, King's Singers

Mayer / King's Singers
Release Date: 12/03/2013 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001966502  
Composer:  Jule StyneAntonio VivaldiMichael PraetoriusJames Pierpont,   ... 
Performer:  Albrecht MayerBeni Araki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On this 2013 Deutsche Grammophon release, oboist Albrecht Mayer and the King's Singers present a Christmas album that is curiously tinged with nostalgia and melancholy. The King's Singers are famous for their high spirits and frequent silliness, and though such holiday favorites as "Let It Snow," "Jingle Bells," "Sérénade d'hiver," and "Baby, It's Cold Outside" bring an upbeat feeling to the album, far more tracks evoke the subdued and poignant emotions of the season. Praetorius' Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen, "What Child Is This?," "The Wild Wood Carol," "She Moved through the Fair," "Aleh Neri," and the "Evening Prayer" from Humperdinck's Read more Hänsel und Gretel offer soft and subdued moods, while Mayer's solos in the Largo from Vivaldi's Winter Concerto, the Sinfonia from Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Albinoni's Adagio, and Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring lend a reverent beauty to the program. This lovely album is appropriate for quiet seasonal listening at home.

-- All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by Jule Styne
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
2.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
3.
Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
4.
Jingle Bells by James Pierpont
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; USA 
5.
What child is this? by Traditional
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
6.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 10, Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Beni Araki (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Wild wood Carol by John Rutter
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
8.
Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 11, Frühlingstraum by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Sérénade d'hiver by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867 
10.
Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
11.
Neptune's Daughter: Baby, It's Cold Outside by Frank Loesser
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Los Angeles, Califor 
12.
She moved through the fair by Traditional
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Written: Ireland 
13.
Aleh Neiri by Chaim Parchi
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
14.
Suite for Harpsichord in D minor, HWV 437: no 3, Sarabande by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
15.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
16.
The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum" by Katherine K. Davis
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
17.
Hänsel und Gretel: Abends will ich schlafen gehn "Evening Hymn" by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 

Sound Samples

Let It Snow
The Four Seasons: Winter
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
Jingle Bells
What Child Is This
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part 2: Sinfonia
The Wild Wood Carol
Winterreise, D.911: Frühlingstraum
Sérénade d?Hiver
Adagio
Baby, It's Cold Outside
She Moved Through The Fair
Aleih Neiri
Suite No.4 In D Minor For Harpsichord, HWV 437: Sarabande
Cantata BWV 147, No.10: Jesu bleibet meine Freude
The Little Drummer Boy
Hänsel und Gretel: Abends will ich schlafen gehn

Customer Reviews

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 A real Christmas joy! January 17, 2014 By Melissa  Buckley (Sierra Vista, AZ) See All My Reviews "I usually prefer DVD's because my husband likes to have music on and they give him something to watch. In this case, the CD was such a pleasure to listen to, I played it at least once a day during the Christmas season. The oboe and voices sound wonderful together, and the variety of selections introduced me to new music and gave a fresh voice to old favorites." Report Abuse
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