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Another Night Before Christmas and Scrooge, narrated by Simon Callow

Audio Samples

>Fox, John : Carol Fantasia, for orchestra
>Kelly, Bryan : Scrooge, for narrator, violin & orchestra
>Lane, Philip : Old Christmas Music, for orchestra
>Lane, Philip : Another Night Before Christmas, for narrator & orchestra
>Curtis, Matthew : Christmas Rush, concert march for orchestra
>Rebikov, Vladimir I. : Waltz from "Yolka" ("The Christmas Tree"), for piano, Op. 21
>Liszt, Franz : The Christmas Tree Suite
>     Little Scherzo
>     Carillon
>     Old Times
>     Polish
>Saunders, Adam : Fairytale Sleighride, for orchestra
>Morley, Angela : Snow Ride, for orchestra
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons
>     November
>Jones, Thomas Hewitt : Christmas Cracker, for orchestra

Album Summary

>Fox, John : Carol Fantasia, for orchestra
>Kelly, Bryan : Scrooge, for narrator, violin & orchestra
>Lane, Philip : Old Christmas Music, for orchestra
>Lane, Philip : Another Night Before Christmas, for narrator & orchestra
>Curtis, Matthew : Christmas Rush, concert march for orchestra
>Rebikov, Vladimir I. : Waltz from "Yolka" ("The Christmas Tree"), for piano, Op. 21
>Liszt, Franz : The Christmas Tree Suite
>Saunders, Adam : Fairytale Sleighride, for orchestra
>Morley, Angela : Snow Ride, for orchestra
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons
>Jones, Thomas Hewitt : Christmas Cracker, for orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Christmas net is cast wide in this captivating collection of seasonal music. John Fox has crafted a delightful Carol Fantasia. Bryan Kelly's Scrooge is an action-packed Dickens compression, brought to visceral life by esteemed actor Simon Callow, who also narrates Philip Lane's Another Night Before Christmas, an update by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy of the classic poem. Lane's Old Christmas Music is expressively rich, and spans the centuries. Smaller pieces from Liszt, orchestrated by Gordon Jacob, Rebikov and more recent works, complete a delightful selection. Narrator Simon Callow's films include Amadeus, A Room with a View, Shakespeare in Love and Four Weddings and a Funeral. He has directed over thirty shows, including operas, written sixteen books and been closely involved in work with leading British orchestras. Conductor Gavin Sutherland's recording career includes over fifty CDs, mainly with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, and he has appeared with the orchestra extensively both on the concert platform and for Birmingham Royal Ballet.

"Bryan Kelly’s Dickens distillation Scrooge, exuberantly narrated by Simon Callow, is one of the main items here, alongside Philip Lane’s Old Christmas Music, Matthew Curtis’s Christmas Rush and other pieces with a Christmas backdrop." -The Telegraph

WFMT (Chicago)
The Christmas net is cast wide in this captivating collection. John Fox has crafted a delightful "Carol Fantasia." Bryan Kelly's "Scrooge" is brought to life by esteemed actor Simon Callow, who also narrates Philip Lane's "Another Night Before Christmas," an update by Carol Ann Duffy of the classic poem.

Daily Telegraph (UK)
The vocal ensemble Blossom Street has cast its net wide to find a broad spectrum of lullabies ranging from a 16th-century O Emanuel to a modern setting by Daniel Burges of the words of the Coventry Carol, together with other contemporary treatments of sacred or soothing texts, sensitively sung.

Minnesota Public Radio
This collection of charming orchestral arrangements of familiar carols and hymns and new jolly melodies by British composers is just plain fun. The music on this disc is big and celebratory, sure to bring plenty of holiday cheer.

MusicWeb International
The recording is very good, especially the RTÉ tracks. In sum, a good stocking-filler or cockle-warmer, and a lot more appealing than Christmas telly.

Yorkshire Post
Huddersfield University trained conductor, Gavin Sutherland, directs the most attractive Christmas disc I have heard for years. It features Brian Kelly's Scrooge, a new work for narrator and orchestra intended for the whole family. The familiar voice of TV actor Simon Callow continues with Philip Lane's Another Night Before Christmas. John Fox's Carol Fantasia is full of familiar melodies and Matthew Curtis's march, Christmas Rush, is among many pure delights. The Irish RTE Concert Orchestra make it a 'must have' for your Christmas stocking.



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Works Details

>Fox, John : Carol Fantasia, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: RTE Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre, Dublin, Ireland (01/25/2011/01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1980s

>Kelly, Bryan : Scrooge, for narrator, violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Mia Cooper (Violin)
  • Notes: Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre, Dublin, Ireland (01/25/2011/01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Lane, Philip : Old Christmas Music, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: RTE Concert Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2011

>Lane, Philip : Another Night Before Christmas, for narrator & orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre, Dublin, Ireland (01/25/2011/01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2009

>Curtis, Matthew : Christmas Rush, concert march for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: RTE Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre, Dublin, Ireland (01/25/2011/01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2009

>Rebikov, Vladimir I. : Waltz from "Yolka" ("The Christmas Tree"), for piano, Op. 21
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: RTE Concert Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Liszt, Franz : The Christmas Tree Suite :: Little Scherzo
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: RTE Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre, Dublin, Ireland (01/25/2011/01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1873-1876

>Liszt, Franz : The Christmas Tree Suite :: Carillon
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: RTE Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre, Dublin, Ireland (01/25/2011/01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1873-1876

>Liszt, Franz : The Christmas Tree Suite :: Old Times
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: RTE Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre, Dublin, Ireland (01/25/2011/01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1873-1876

>Liszt, Franz : The Christmas Tree Suite :: Polish
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: RTE Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre, Dublin, Ireland (01/25/2011/01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1873-1876

>Saunders, Adam : Fairytale Sleighride, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: RTE Concert Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Morley, Angela : Snow Ride, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: RTE Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre, Dublin, Ireland (01/25/2011/01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960s

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons :: November
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: RTE Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre, Dublin, Ireland (01/25/2011/01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Jones, Thomas Hewitt : Christmas Cracker, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: RTE Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre, Dublin, Ireland (01/25/2011/01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2010