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Coming Home For Christmas / Ensemble Amacord

Ensemble Amacord
Release Date: 11/22/2011 
Label:  Raum Klang   Catalog #: 10111  
Composer:  South American TraditionaLotte SchuffenhauerFelix BernardEmmy Köhler,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“Coming Home for Christmas” – to finally arrive home, out of the bone-chilling cold, after the church service in St. Thomas’, and to celebrate Christmas with the family: the five former members of the St. Thomas Boys Choir know this desire from their childhood. Today, too, the internationally sought-after ensemble is on the road most of the year, on tour. In 2011 amarcord could be experienced for the first time in Africa, and also in the USA, France, Greece, the Netherlands, and Italy. From the many trips to nearly all the corners of the world, the singers have again and again brought songs home with them. A selection of these is featured on the new CD. And the sounds of the songs are just as diverse as the personalities and preferences of Read more the singers. Sometimes they are reminiscent of a quiet pop ballad, then of a Christmas sleigh-ride in deep snow. To be found here are hot African rhythms as well as contemplative and touching melodies. The singers shift effortlessly from classical harmonies to groovy beats. But, of course, everything under the special hallmark of amarcord: the blended, always balanced, and yet diversified ensemble timbre that on this CD can also sound like Take 6 and Bobby McFerrin. Responsible for this is not least Bill Hare, the Grammy-Award winner and today’s leading sound craftsman for the international a cappella scene, who put the finishing touches on this album too. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Juokse, porosein! by South American Traditiona
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
2.
So viel Heimlichkeit by Lotte Schuffenhauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
3.
Winter Wonderland by Felix Bernard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
4.
Nu tändas tusen juleljus by Emmy Köhler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
5.
Noël nouvelet by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
Written: France 
6.
Betelehemu by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
Written: Nigeria 
7.
Jezus malusienka (Tiny Jesus) (Polish) by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
Written: Poland 
8.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
9.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
10.
Fum, fum, fum by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
Written: Mexico 
11.
Il est né, le divin enfant by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
12.
Holiday Inn: White Christmas by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
13.
Summer Sleeps "Greta's Song" by Juan Miguel Verdugo Garcia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
14.
I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
15.
Parang Christmas Chutney by Marcia Miranda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
16.
So viel Heimlichkeit (Zuckerbäcker-Remix) by Lotte Schuffenhauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord

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