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Anderson: Sleigh Ride & Other Holiday Favorites / Slatkin


Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559621   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's hard not to like Leroy Anderson, a skilled orchestral craftsman with a rich supply of clever ideas, an ingratiating musical imagination, and, thank heaven, a sense of humor. Most of his music embodies the term "American light classical", and you can't listen to pieces such as Sleigh Ride or Bugler's Holiday without a smile and feeling just a bit lighter of spirit. The selections featured here, billed as a "collection of Leroy Anderson's holiday music", are taken from Naxos' excellent multi-volume series devoted to Anderson's orchestral music. Although it's not clear why such numbers as Horse and Buggy, The Waltzing Cat, and The Golden Years are here, in style and mood they take nothing away from the more obvious Read more Christmas/holiday pieces. And while it's possible to imagine just a bit more personality and panache in the articulation in some places (à la Boston Pops), Leonard Slatkin is an unqualified expert in this repertoire, and he leads his British orchestra with consummately entertaining style, all of it most favorably recorded.

Four years ago Decca released A Leroy Anderson Christmas, which contains many of the same works featured on this program--performed both by the Boston Pops and Arthur Fiedler (Sleigh Ride) and by Anderson conducting his own orchestra. Although that one is worthy for its historical aspects, this one is superior for its consistently high-quality performances, much more satisfying ambience, and first-rate sound. Highly recommended.

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

1. Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2. Horse and Buggy by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3. Song of the Bells by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4. Suite of Carols by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Length: 21 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5. The Waltzing Cat by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6. A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 
7. Golden Years by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
8. China Doll by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
9. Bugler's Holiday by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
10. Suite of Carols for String Orchestra by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 12 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Sleigh Ride
Suite of Carols: (version for brass)

Sound Samples

Sleigh Ride
Horse and Buggy
Song of the Bells
Suite of Carols (version for brass)
The Waltzing Cat
A Christmas Festival
The Golden Years
Suite of Carols (version for woodwinds): I. Angels in our Fields
Suite of Carols (version for woodwinds): II. O Sanctissima
Suite of Carols (version for woodwinds): III. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Suite of Carols (version for woodwinds): IV. O Come, Little Children
Suite of Carols (version for woodwinds): V. Coventry Carol
Suite of Carols (version for woodwinds): VI. Patapan
China Doll
Bugler's Holiday
Suite of Carols (version for string orchestra): Suite of Carols (version for strings)

Customer Reviews

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 Always spectacular January 8, 2014 By R. Bennett Villard (Boyce, LA) See All My Reviews "Anything by Leroy Anderson is memorable, and I have several of his CDs. I never fail to enjoy the music, despite having heard it countless times." Report Abuse
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