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Imagine Christmas


Release Date: 10/27/2017 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92216  
Composer:  Steve NelsonPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyIrving BerlinJohnny Marks,   ... 
Performer:  Bruce LevingstonIrina MuresanuMatei VargaRonn McFarlane,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble GalileiJasper String QuartetCuarteto Latinoamericano,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Note the three striking elements on this album, from the minute you press play. The first is the quality of the performances. These are top-level musicians bringing their same superlative artistry to Christmas favorites that they do to a Schubert quartet or Taverner score. The second is the sterling quality of the recording. If there is a sonic equivalent to sipping a hot toddy while curled up before a roaring fire, it is Sono Luminus’s peerless mixes and captures. Third–and in every way as essential as the previous two–this is a kaleidoscopic collection of styles and interpretations of beloved songs and carols that keeps one eager for the next number. With such a fetching variety of artists and approaches, you will find yourself going Read more top-to-tail on this one. Simplicity is an underrated avenue when it comes to holiday releases, so the entries by Irina Muresanu & Matei Varga, Bruce Levingston, Kathryn Bates, and Skylark Vocal Ensemble are a breath of proverbial fresh air. Muresanu’s seductive playing is a glimpse into the golden age of violin technique–lush vibrato and delicious sentimentality, which infuses “White Christmas” with every bit of nostalgia one could hope for. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Galilei
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
2.
Les saisons, Op. 37b: no 12, Décembre "Noël" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
3.
Holiday Inn: White Christmas by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Irina Muresanu (Violin), Matei Varga (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
4.
A Holly Jolly Christmas by Johnny Marks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jasper String Quartet
Period: Modern 
Written: 1962 
5.
Walking in the Air, Op. 615 by Howard Blake
Performer:  Ronn McFarlane (Lute)
Period: 21st Century 
Written: 2010 
6.
Santa Claus is comin' to town by John Frederic Coots
Performer:  Kathryn Bates (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
7.
Christmas Time Is Here by Vince Guaraldi
Performer:  Caleb Nei (Piano)
8.
Joy to the World by Traditional
Performer:  Lydia Lewis (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuarteto Latinoamericano
9.
Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Performer:  Stewart Goodyear (Piano)
Written: England 
10.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Hugh Martin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Skylark
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; United States 
11.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 

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