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Holiday Classics / Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 11/16/2010 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572673   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyFranz Xaver GruberGeorge Frideric HandelGerard Schwarz,   ... 
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Seattle Symphony’s first holiday album embraces works composed specifically for Christmas as well as other pieces that convey a universal message of peace, love and hope—the essence of humanity’s highest aspirations. Music Director Gerard Schwarz asked two composers, the Symphony’s Composer in Residence Samuel Jones and Seattle Symphony Principal Oboe Ben Hausmann, to “make the music their own” by scoring several of the pieces to retain the unaffected simplicity of these well-known Christmas and concert works. Schwarz joined them in this task, arranging or editing several of the pieces, with the resulting works celebrating the remarkable artistry of the musicians of the Orchestra. In these new settings, recorded entirely in Benaroya Hall, Read more the music emerges with honest, untarnished beauty. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 1, Miniature Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
2.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
3.
Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348: no 3, Allegro deciso by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
4.
Variations on Greensleeves by Gerard Schwarz
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
5.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 2, March by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
6.
Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major: Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
7.
O little town of Bethlehem by Lewis H. Redner
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; USA 
8.
Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348: no 7, Bourée by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
9.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 3, Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
10.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 4, Trépak by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
11.
Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348: no 6, Air by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
12.
Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
13.
Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348: no 8, Hornpipe by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
14.
Coventry Carol by Anonymous
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
15.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 8, Waltz of the Flowers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
16.
We Three Kings by Traditional
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Sound Samples

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: I. Miniature Overture
Stille Nacht (Silent Night) (arr. G. Schwarz)
Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 (edited G. Schwarz for orchestra): Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: III. Allegro (edited G. Schwarz for orchestra)
Variations on Greensleeves
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. March
Canon and Gigue in D major: Canon
O Little Town of Bethlehem (arr. S. Jones): O Little Town of Bethlehem (arr. S. Jones for orchestra)
Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 (edited G. Schwarz for orchestra): Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: VIII. Bourree (edited G. Schwarz for orchestra)
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: III. Dance of the Sugar-plum Fairy
Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 (edited G. Schwarz for orchestra): Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: VI. Air (edited G. Schwarz for orchestra)
Gesu bambino (arr. B. Hausmann for orchestra)
Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 (edited G. Schwarz for orchestra): Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: IX. Hornpipe (edited G. Schwarz for orchestra)
Coventry Carol (arr. B. Hausmann for orchestra)
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: VIII. Waltz of the Flowers
We Three Kings of Orient Are - We Wish You a Merry Christmas: (arr. G. Schwarz for orchestra)

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