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Classical Kids - A Classical Kids Christmas


Release Date: 08/28/2001 
Label:  Children's Group   Catalog #: 84354   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Xaver GruberAnonymousJohn Henry Hopkins Jr.Adolphe Adam,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental EnsembleHigh Park Choirs of Toronto
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“…you’ll want to find room on your shelf for this one.… This recording meets the high standard we expect from Susan Hammond…it’s not a story, it’s a Christmas pageant -- one of the nicest I’ve ever heard…Hammond artfully combines music and poetry…the music is elegant, and in Hammond’s trademark style, it’s neither too sophisticated for young minds nor too juvenile for mature ones…” – John Hoffman, Today’s Parent, December/January 2002

“Joyous, exultant, reverent, and magical, this quintessential Christmas album….is both exquisitely assembled and executed.” -- Kristi Beavin, Booklist, December 15, 2001

“This album is an exceptional, uplifting audio Christmas pageant, weaving together eloquent and lively narrative
Read more and poetry into varied renditions of beautiful choral and orchestral seasonal music. Performed by children and adults, and produced by Classical Kids originator Susan Hammond, it is a yuletide treasure for all ages.” – Lynne Heffley, Los Angeles Times, December 8, 2001

“…a hypnotic blend of classical selections, popular carols, poetry, and stories. Producer and composer Susan Hammond keeps the spirit of kids in the CD with an extensive use of heavenly children's choirs.” – Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News, December 11, 2001

“We’ve come to expect the best from Susan Hammond, the (producer) of Beethoven Lives Upstairs and other outstanding recordings involving classical music composers and children. And the best is what we get from her latest CD, A Classical Kids Christmas…It's all you'd ever want in Christmas music and related stories — a keepsake on 28 tracks…It's all woven together seamlessly, a holiday pleasure.” – Sid Adilman, The Toronto Star, December 14, 2001

“In the age of MTV, making fine art cool is not easy, but you wouldn’t know it by this. The story of Christmas is told through the voices of children, but is helped along by stunningly gorgeous music, master poets, and all of the traditional holiday trimmings woven together in such a way that all ages will enjoy it. A smart compilation, it’s interesting, entertaining and educational. Most of all, though, it’s simply beautiful.” – Los Angeles Family, November 2001

“A Classical Kids Christmas is a beautiful mix of traditional carols and poetry, which combine to tell the story of Christmas.” – Skana Gee, Halifax Daily News, December 20, 2001

“From the producer of Beethoven Lives Upstairs comes a musical feast that evokes all the poetry and song of a traditional Christmas pageant…” – Parenting, December/January 2002

“A Classical Kids Christmas reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. The recording is especially handy to play on Christmas morning while the children dig out from the crumpled wrapping paper and gifts…A lovely combination of song and word.” – Katherine Greenaway, Montreal Gazette, December 22, 2001

“Susan Hammond, creator of the innovative Classical Kids series, has arranged many of the multinational carols that are performed here (with story line and readings) by Toronto's excellent High Park Choirs and instrumentalists.” – Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times, December 10, 2001

“Let the voices of children and the music of some of the most beloved composers fill your home with Christmas magic…Sure to become a holiday tradition in your home.” – Georgia Family Magazine, December 2001

“Musically, A Classical Kids Christmas is entirely classical, and not condescendingly dumbed down for children. The unobtrusive, narrative-style poetry verse should help to prolong the child’s interest in the album, without alienating adult fans of choral music in the process.” – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 11, 2001
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Works on This Recording

1.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
2.
O come, all ye faithful by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
3.
We three kings by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
4.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
5.
Go tell it on the mountain by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Notes: Arranged: E. Gay 
6.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
7.
Messiah, HWV 56: Pastoral Symphony "Pifa" by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
8.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 1, Miniature Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
9.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
10.
Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Written: France 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
11.
Joseph, lieber Joseph mein by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
12.
O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
13.
The friendly beasts by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
14.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
15.
Christmas on Main Street by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Notes: Arranged: D. Fleury 
16.
O come, little children by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
17.
The Huron carol by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Canada 
Notes: Arranged: C. Dedrick 
18.
Personent hodie by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1582; Sweden 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
19.
El noy de la mare by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
20.
Jolly old Saint Nicolas by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
21.
It's Christmas again by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Written: Sweden 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
22.
Christmas Is Coming by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
23.
Christmas Eve by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
24.
Songs (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91: no 2, Geistliches Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1864-84; Austria 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
25.
While shepherds watched their flocks by night by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1592; England 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
26.
What is this lovely fragrance? by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Written: France 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
27.
What child is this? by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
28.
Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
29.
Here we come a-wassailing by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
30.
On Christmas Night "Sussex Carol" by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
31.
Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 
32.
In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  High Park Choirs of Toronto
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Hammond 

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