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A Song of Christmas / Pittsburgh Symphony Brass

Audio Samples

>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>     March
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Regney, Noel : Do You Hear What I Hear?
>Traditional, Christmas : Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian)
>Styne, Jule : Let It Snow!
>Traditional, Christmas : The Gloucester Wassail Song ("Wassail! wassail all over the town!"), carol
>Rutter, John : What sweeter music
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel
>     Prelude
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     He Shall Feed His Flock
>Vosburgh, George : County Cathedrals, for brass ensemble
>Biebl, Franz : Ave Maria
>Brahms, Johannes : Gesänge (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91
>Lauridsen, Morten : O magnum mysterium
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Vosburgh, George : A Spike Jones Jingle Bells
>Traditional, Scottish : Auld Lang Syne

Album Summary

>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Regney, Noel : Do You Hear What I Hear?
>Traditional, Christmas : Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian)
>Styne, Jule : Let It Snow!
>Traditional, Christmas : The Gloucester Wassail Song ("Wassail! wassail all over the town!"), carol
>Rutter, John : What sweeter music
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Vosburgh, George : County Cathedrals, for brass ensemble
>Biebl, Franz : Ave Maria
>Brahms, Johannes : Gesänge (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91
>Lauridsen, Morten : O magnum mysterium
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
>Vosburgh, George : A Spike Jones Jingle Bells
>Traditional, Scottish : Auld Lang Syne
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Notes & Reviews:

Four Winds Entertainment is proud to present the long awaited recording, A Song of Christmas, by America's premiere brass ensemble Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, led by Grammy winner George Vosburgh. The album is filled with joyful Holiday favorites, as well as glorious Christmas works of old, played only as PSB can. The set was recorded on September 8th and 9th, 2008 in the East Liberty Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, which provides one of the finest natural acoustic settings available anywhere. Once again, Four Winds was most pleased to have the renowned producer Arnie Roth at the helm to record this celebrated group.

Like the successful first two Holiday recordings A Christmas Concertand The Spirit of Christmas, the new album delivers all the joy of the season with virtuoso flair and spectacular sound. We are pleased to once again have as our special guest the exciting mezzo-soprano Tami Fire, singing two classics O Holy Night (Cantique de Noel) and He Shall Feed His Flock (from Handel's Messiah).

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Tami Fire (mezzo soprano).

Recording information: East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA.



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Works Details

>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
  • Performer: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1958

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: March
  • Performer: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performers: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba); Tami Fire (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Regney, Noel : Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • Performer: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1962

>Traditional, Christmas : Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian)
  • Performer: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1819

>Styne, Jule : Let It Snow!
  • Performer: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Traditional, Christmas : The Gloucester Wassail Song ("Wassail! wassail all over the town!"), carol
  • Performer: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Rutter, John : What sweeter music
  • Performer: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel :: Prelude
  • Performer: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: He Shall Feed His Flock
  • Performers: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba); Tami Fire (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Vosburgh, George : County Cathedrals, for brass ensemble
  • Performer: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Biebl, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Brahms, Johannes : Gesänge (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91
  • Performer: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1864-84.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864-1884

>Lauridsen, Morten : O magnum mysterium
  • Performer: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  • Performer: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1710

>Vosburgh, George : A Spike Jones Jingle Bells
  • Performer: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Scottish : Auld Lang Syne
  • Performer: Tom Lukowicz (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1797