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A Leroy Anderson Christmas


Release Date: 10/12/2004 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000355202   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Arthur FiedlerLeroy Anderson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston PopsLeroy Anderson Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Come on, it’s lovely weather For a sleigh ride together with you…. A Leroy Anderson Christmas is a complete album of Christmas favorites written and arranged by Leroy Anderson – including his signature piece, Sleigh Ride.
Includes for the first time on CD A Christmas Festival – an extended medley of Christmas favorites orchestrated & conducted by Leroy Anderson. Also for the first time on CD – Suite of Carols for Brass Choir, Suite of Carols for String Orchestra and Suite of Carols for Woodwind Ensemble – all arranged & conducted by Leroy Anderson.

R E V I E W S

Leroy Anderson made his name as an arranger for the Boston Pops Orchestra, building on that recognition with many original
Read more "light-orchestra" novelty pieces, including The Typewriter, The Syncopated Clock, and Bugler's Holiday. But almost anyone who knows the name Leroy Anderson is likely most familiar with his Sleigh Ride, one of the more evocative pop-orchestra creations--and singers know it well too, as words were added shortly after the work's Boston premiere. This joyful, heartwarming program features not only a Boston Pops rendition of Sleigh Ride (at both beginning and end), but rarely-heard suites on Christmas carols that Anderson arranged and performed with his own orchestra during the 1950s. There's also the medley A Christmas Festival that combines nine more familiar carols in Anderson's immediately recognizable, upbeat, colorfully and cleverly orchestrated style.

The sound in the suites has a constricted "old-orchestra-recording" quality, but it's perfectly listenable and only suffers from some distortion in the loudest passages. Sleigh Ride is bright, open, and vibrant. Although there's not any real stylistic difference from suite to suite, the varied array of carols and treatments of each keeps you happily--if not always attentively--listening. Anderson fans will definitely want this, as will listeners who like their Christmas carols done with this arranger's special mix of rhythmic verve, imaginative colors, melodic sensitivity, and sheer pizzazz.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
2.
A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leroy Anderson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leroy Anderson Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Medley arranged by Leroy Anderson
Includes Joy to the World; Deck the Halls; God Rest ye Merry, Gentlemen; Good King Wenceslas; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; The First Noel; Silent Night; Jingle Bells; O Come All Ye Faithful. 
3.
Suite of Carols for Brass Choir by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leroy Anderson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leroy Anderson Orchestra
Notes: Medley arranged by Leroy Anderson
Includes While By My Sheep; In dulci jubilo; Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming; I Saw Three Ships; From Heaven High I Come To You; We Three Kings; March Of The Kings 
4.
Suite of Carols for String Orchestra by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leroy Anderson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leroy Anderson Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Medley arranged by Leroy Anderson
Includes Pastores A Belén; It Came Upon A Midnight Clear; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Bring A Torch Jeanette & Isabella; Away In A Manger; Wassail Song 
5.
Suite of Carols for Woodwind Ensemble by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leroy Anderson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leroy Anderson Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Notes: Medley arranged by Leroy Anderson
Includes Angels In Our Fields; O Sanctissima; O Come, O Come Emanuel; O Come Little Children; Coventry Carol; Patapan 
6.
Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leroy Anderson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leroy Anderson Orchestra

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