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The Spirit of Christmas / Pittsburgh Symphony Brass

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : Work(s)
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
>Hamlisch, Marvin : Take Me to Christmas Past
>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
>Traditional, Christmas : Can wassel (Wassail Song) ("Nadelek yu gyllys h'an bledhen") (Cornish)
>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Traditional, Christmas : Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella ("Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle")
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol ("Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child") (English)
>Britten, Benjamin : Corpus Christi Carol, for voice or unison chorus & organ
>Murray, James R. : Away in a Manger
>Willis, Richard Storrs : It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
>Traditional, Christmas : O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
>Traditional, Christmas : Les anges dans nos campagnes (French), carol (AKA Angels We Have Heard On High)
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
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Notes & Reviews:

This splendid new release features wonderful Christmas favorites arranged in magnificent settings that capture the joy and good cheer of the holidays, played as only Pittsburgh Symphony Brass can. Like their successful first holiday recording, 'A Christma. Four WInds.2004

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Tami Fire (mezzo soprano); Neal Bernstein, George Vosburgh (trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn); Asdrubal "Billy" Caballero (French horn); Peter Sullivan (tenor trombone, euphonium); Murray Crewe (bass trombone); Eric Bubacz (tuba); Richard Webster (organ); Timothy Adams (timpani, bells).

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



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Works Details

>Traditional, Christmas : Work(s) :: Golden Bells
  • Performer: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
  • Performer: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823

>Traditional, Christmas : What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
  • Performer: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1600

>Hamlisch, Marvin : Take Me to Christmas Past
  • Performers: Tami Fire (Mezzo Soprano); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
  • Performers: Timothy Adams (Bells); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 12th Century

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing"
  • Performers: Timothy Adams (Timpani); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass; Richard Webster (Organ)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1840

>Traditional, Christmas : Can wassel (Wassail Song) ("Nadelek yu gyllys h'an bledhen") (Cornish)
  • Performers: Timothy Adams (Bells); Timothy Adams (Timpani); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Performer: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1868

>Traditional, Christmas : Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella ("Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle")
  • Performer: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 18th Century

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: Jauchzet, Frohlocket
  • Performers: Timothy Adams (Timpani); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass; Richard Webster (Organ)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol ("Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child") (English)
  • Performers: Tami Fire (Mezzo Soprano); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1498

>Britten, Benjamin : Corpus Christi Carol, for voice or unison chorus & organ
  • Performer: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1961

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: Finale
  • Performers: Timothy Adams (Timpani); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass; Richard Webster (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Murray, James R. : Away in a Manger
  • Performer: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1877

>Willis, Richard Storrs : It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Performer: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1850

>Traditional, Christmas : O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (German)
  • Performer: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1820

>Traditional, Christmas : Les anges dans nos campagnes (French), carol (AKA Angels We Have Heard On High)
  • Performer: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1840

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performers: Timothy Adams (Timpani); Pittsburgh Symphony Brass; Richard Webster (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1751

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Chocolate
  • Performer: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1892

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah
  • Performers: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass; Richard Webster (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1741

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Performers: Pittsburgh Symphony Brass; George Vosburgh (Flugelhorn)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hugh Martin (1914 - 2011).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1944