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Steinway Christmas Album

Audio Samples

>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride
>Grainger, Percy : The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol, folk song for piano (BFMS 2)
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Isaacs, Gregory Sullivan : Quiet Night, for piano
>Torme, Mel : The Christmas Song
>Lyapunov, Sergey : Chanteurs de noels (Christmas Carolers), for piano, Op. 41/3
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker, Op. 71
>     Miniature Overture
>     Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
>     Russian Dance (Trepak)
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Aus der Jugendzeit, Op. 17
>     9. Weihnachtstraum
>Rebikov, Vladimir I. : Waltz from "Yolka" ("The Christmas Tree"), for piano, Op. 21
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons, Op. 37b
>     December
>Traditional, Christmas : In the Bleak Midwinter (Welsh)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Luther, Frank [Country] : Christmas is A-Comin'
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Liszt, Franz : Weihnachtsbaum
>     The Shepherds at the Manger (In dulce jubilo)
>Traditional, Christmas : Work(s)
>     Bring a Torch / I Saw Three Ships
>Callaway, Ann Hampton : Christmas Lullaby
>David Foster / Linda Fost : My Grown-Up Christmas List
>Traditional, Scottish : Auld Lang Syne

Album Summary

>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride
>Grainger, Percy : The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol, folk song for piano (BFMS 2)
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Isaacs, Gregory Sullivan : Quiet Night, for piano
>Torme, Mel : The Christmas Song
>Lyapunov, Sergey : Chanteurs de noels (Christmas Carolers), for piano, Op. 41/3
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker, Op. 71
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Aus der Jugendzeit, Op. 17
>Rebikov, Vladimir I. : Waltz from "Yolka" ("The Christmas Tree"), for piano, Op. 21
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons, Op. 37b
>Traditional, Christmas : In the Bleak Midwinter (Welsh)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Luther, Frank [Country] : Christmas is A-Comin'
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Liszt, Franz : Weihnachtsbaum
>Traditional, Christmas : Work(s)
>Callaway, Ann Hampton : Christmas Lullaby
>David Foster / Linda Fost : My Grown-Up Christmas List
>Traditional, Scottish : Auld Lang Syne
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A Steinway Christmas Album - Piano Music for the Season with pianist Jeffrey Biegel might just make the ultimate coffee table, music gift for the holiday season. A newly recorded collection of truly wonderful arrangements of carols and classics will soon be a holiday favorite. Produced by multi-Grammy winner Steven Epstein, it is sure to be this season's audiophile pick for holiday listening. The fold out packaging includes a Christmas Tree Ornament!

"It comes packaged with an ornament, a miniature version of the Steinway lyre emblem that is gilded on each of the company's pianos. However, the music is something that should appeal to fans of Steinways who also enjoy Christmas music. Jeffrey Biegel is an ideal pianist for this project and represents Steinway and its instruments well. He is primarily a classical artist, but here proves he can play with equal musicality and charm in many different styles... Fans who like only particular styles of piano playing may prefer to pick and choose their tracks, but fans of Steinway shouldn't be disappointed to get the entire package." -All Music Guide

"The expertly engineered recording shows off the instrument's rich tones, ringing out with Steinway's signature full-bodied, mellifluous sonority. This quality, along with Jeffrey Biegel's lively playing, makes the opening Sleigh Ride sound particularly robust--so much so that you get the initial impression of two artists at two pianos... it's a marvelous album that will appeal especially to those who prefer to enjoy the music of the season without the glib commercialism that often gets attached to it. Indeed, the intelligence and artistry are such that you can savor it any time of year. Highly recommended." -Classics Today (10/10)

"This is a smartly programmed album that features Christmas favorites and some marvelous arrangements of Christmas tunes. You have to love an album that has music by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, J.S. Bach and Mel Tormé! The arrangements are also outstanding and include some terrific ones by Biegel, particularly his tender take on Ann Hampton Callaway’s gorgeous 'Christmas Lullaby'." -Ariama

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of The Performing Arts Center, Purchase Co (05/03/2011-05/04/2011).

This modest disc of Christmas music from Steinway is meant to be purchased physically, although it is also available digitally. It comes packaged with an ornament, a miniature version of the Steinway lyre emblem that is gilded on each of the company's pianos. However, the music is something that should appeal to fans of Steinways who also enjoy Christmas music. Jeffrey Biegel is an ideal pianist for this project and represents Steinway and its instruments well. He is primarily a classical artist, but here proves he can play with equal musicality and charm in many different styles. On the opening track, arranger Andrew Gentile gives Sleighride ragtime and Gershwin-esque embellishments, a welcomed, refreshing refit of a work that's become something of a cliché. The arrangements of Silent Night, Christmas Lullaby, Grown-Up Christmas List, and Auld Lang Syne represent a smooth, piano jazz-style of performance. Christmas Is A-Comin' also begins that way, but halfway through turns into an animated stride version. For the more classically oriented, there are straight up works by Franz Liszt, Max Reger, Vladimir Rebikov, and Sergey Lyapunov, plus excerpts from the Nutcracker that lose none of their appeal in the piano transcription under Biegel's hands. There are also pieces that mix it up a little. The arrangements by Carolyne M. Taylor (whom Biegel has recorded previously) combine well-loved Christmas melodies with classical pieces. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing is a brief set of variations in the style of Beethoven. Fans who like only particular styles of piano playing may prefer to pick and choose their tracks, but fans of Steinway shouldn't be disappointed to get the entire package. ~Patsy Morita



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Works Details

>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1948

>Grainger, Percy : The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol, folk song for piano (BFMS 2)
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1905-1915

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Isaacs, Gregory Sullivan : Quiet Night, for piano
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mel Tormé (1925 - 1999) : The Christmas Song
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1944

>Lyapunov, Sergey : Chanteurs de noëls (Christmas Carolers), for piano, Op. 41/3
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker, Op. 71 :: Miniature Overture
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker, Op. 71 :: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker, Op. 71 :: Russian Dance (Trepak)
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Aus der Jugendzeit, Op. 17 :: 9. Weihnachtstraum
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Rebikov, Vladimir I. : Waltz from "Yolka" ("The Christmas Tree"), for piano, Op. 21
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons, Op. 37b :: December
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Traditional, Christmas : In the Bleak Midwinter (Welsh)
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Luther, Frank [Country] : Christmas is A-Comin'
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Liszt, Franz : Weihnachtsbaum :: The Shepherds at the Manger (In dulce jubilo)
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1873-76.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1876

>Traditional, Christmas : Work(s) :: Bring a Torch / I Saw Three Ships
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.

>Callaway, Ann Hampton : Christmas Lullaby
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>David Foster / Linda Fost : My Grown-Up Christmas List
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Scottish : Auld Lang Syne
  • Performer: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1797