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Christmas Tradition / Canadian Brass


Release Date: 10/02/2007 
Label:  Opening Day   Catalog #: 7345  
Composer:  TraditionalJames PierpontJohn Francis WadeFelix Mendelssohn,   ... 
Performer:  Eric Robertson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A new recording for the Christmas season from the world's favorite brass ensemble!

Some of the early Christmas recordings by the Canadian Brass have endured as treasured annual favorites for households around the world, though those discs have been out-of-print for some time. Here, in a new recording made exclusively for ArkivMusic, are all of the original arrangements from those discs, plus some arrangements that never made it to disc.* The "Brass" sound better than ever and are accompanied by the remarkably talented organist Eric Robertson in a simply ideal acoustic.

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The soundscape of Christmas was changed forever during the early years of the Canadian Brass. The group
Read more released two best-selling and award-winning recordings of holiday music that became the standard of excellence in both quality of performance and quality of composition. As a result, the sound of brass is now synonymous with the holiday season and can be heard everywhere from churches to shopping centers.

Based on this prior success, Jon and Eric Feidner at ArkivMusic.com suggested that the Brass bring out a new, fresh recording of this great repertoire with its new members. For this project, the Brass turned to their remarkable friend and colleague Eric Robertson to collaborate as organist and composer. Eric is a highly regarded organist and choirmaster, as well as a producer, performer and composer,having written more than 70 film scores, produced million-selling recordings and composed numerous songs, choral works, solo pieces and orchestral works. The Canadian Brass has worked with Eric acting in these diverse capacities for twenty-five years.

Rosedale United Church in the North Rosedale neighbourhood of Toronto was selected as the recording venue for both its beautiful, resonant nave, and of course its remarkable Casavant organ. This 1914 organ already had a wonderful reputation before it was painstakingly restored and updated in 2005. According to world-renowned Quebec organ builder Casavant, the restored three manual French Romantic organ is deemed the finest instrument of its esteemed vintage in Toronto. It is very apparent that this organ yields a brilliant, contemporary timbre perfectly attuned to the modern brass instruments.

To bring this recording project to a reality, Chuck chose his college friend, Grammy award-winning producer Dixon Van Winkle, to work along with producer MB Daellenbach and engineer Trey Mills.

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*Three arrangements were made especially for this recording by Eric Robertson: Grand Angelic March, Pastorale (O Christmas Tree), and Deck the Halls (In Dulci Jubilo). Jolly Old St Nicholas was arranged by Arthur Frackenpohl and includes some tricky footwork for the organist in a solo pedalnote section. It finally receives a recording here thanks to the virtuoso organist Eric Robertson.


Also available: Echo - Glory Of Gabrieli / Canadian Brass
"If you're not completely hooked by the strikingly realistic antiphonal sound or the breathtakingly virtuosic playing in the first 30 seconds of this remarkable recording, then check your equipment--your ears and your sound system." -- ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Luther Henderson. 
2.
Jingle Bells by James Pierpont
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Howard Cable. 
3.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Howard Cable. 
4.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Frackenpohl. 
5.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Frackenpohl. 
6.
O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley that also includes "It Came upon a Midnight Clear."
Arranger: Howard Cable. 
7.
It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley that also includes "O Little Town of Bethlehem."
Arranger: Howard Cable. 
8.
Jolly old Saint Nicolas by Traditional
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Frackenpohl. 
9.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Frackenpohl. 
10.
Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Don Gillis. 
11.
Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Don Gillis. 
12.
Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Don Gillis. 
13.
O come, O come Emmanuel by Traditional
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley that also includes "I Wonder as I Wander."
Arranger: Don Gillis. 
14.
I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley that also includes "O Come O Come Emmanuel."
Arranger: Don Gillis. 
15.
What child is this? by Traditional
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Don Gillis. 
16.
The first nowell by Traditional
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Howard Cable. 
17.
Grand Solemn March by Henry Thomas Smart
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Robertson. 
18.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Robertson. 
19.
O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Robertson. 
20.
Deck the Halls by Traditional
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Written: Wales, UK 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Robertson. 
21.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Luther Henderson. 
22.
Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle by Traditional
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Luther Henderson. 
23.
Meet Me in St. Louis: Have yourself a merry little Christmas by Hugh Martin
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Luther Henderson. 
24.
Silver Bells by Jay Livingston
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Luther Henderson. 
25.
The Christmas Song by Mel Torme
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Luther Henderson. 
26.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Date of Recording: 07/02/2007 
Venue:  Rosedale United Church, Toronto 
Notes: Arranger: Fred Mills. 

Featured Sound Samples

Ding Dong! Merrily on High (Traditional)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 quiet, peaceful, beautiful December 6, 2014 By Linda D. Lee (Washington, DC) See All My Reviews "Contains a lot of different Christmas music. It is very relaxing, good for a quiet time. Booklet with notes about music and lyrics too." Report Abuse
 Rich brassy sound for carols December 21, 2012 By Norbert B. (Portland, OR) See All My Reviews "This album has cheery arrangements of traditional carols so that you really want to listen because of the variations. Glad I bought it for my collection." Report Abuse
 A Christmas Treat December 20, 2012 By George D. (Enola, PA) See All My Reviews "Somehow brass and Christmas go well together. This is a wonderful album which, unless you're a Grinch, is sure to put you in the spirit of the holidays. I've always had a soft spot for the Canadian Brass and this collection of carols is a a winning program. I'm glad I added it to my collection." Report Abuse
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