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Precious: Christmas Music With Yoshikazu Mera

> Introduction - Introduction
> O Lord My God! - How Great Thou Art (arr. Hiro lida and Marlon Sanders) - O Lord My God! (How Great Thou Art) (arr. Hiro lida and Marlon Sanders)
> Beauty and the Beast (arr. J. Sharifi) - Beauty and the Beast (arr. Jamshied Sharifi)
> Stardust (arr. Gil Goldstein) - Stardust (arr. Gil Goldstein)
> Carousel (arr. G. Goldstein) - If I Loved You (arr. Gil Goldstein)
> Silent Night (Stille Nacht) (arr. Gil Goldstein) - Silent Night (Stille Nacht) (arr. Gil Goldstein)
> The Meaning of Wonder - The Meaning of Wonder
> Cinderella: Some Day My Prince Will Come (arr. Hiro Iida) - Some Day My Prince Will Come (arr. Hiro Iida)
> Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) (arr. J. Sharifi) - O Holy Night (Cantique de Noel) (arr. for counter-tenor and orchestra)
> Music of the Spheres - Music of the Spheres
> Holiday Inn: White Christmas (arr. H. Iida) - White Christmas (arr. Hiro Iida)
> Pinocchio: When You Wish upon a Star (arr. A. Erzin) - When You Wish Upon a Star (arr. Andy Erzin)

Album Summary

>Anonymous, Swedish : How Great Thou Art (Tune
>Menken, Alan : Beauty and the Beast
>Carmichael, Hoagy : Stardust
>Rodgers, Richard : If I Loved You, song (from "Carousel")
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Goldstein, Gil : The Meaning of Wonder
>Frank Churchill/ Leigh Ha : Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, film score
>Adam, Adolphe [Composer] : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Goldstein, Gil : Music of the Spheres
>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
>Harline, Leigh : Pinocchio
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Jiro Yoshida (guitar); Elena Barere (violin); Sue Pray, Crystal Garner, Carol Landon, Sarah Adams, Juliet Haffner, Richard Sortomme (viola); Jeremy Turner, Jerry Grossman , Caryl Paisner (cello); Diane Lesser (flute); Gil Goldstein (accordion, piano); Eijiro Nakagawa (trombone); Jamshied Sharifi (piano); Ben Wittman (snare drum, cymbals, percussion); Rosa Russ (background vocals).

Recording information: Avator Studio, NY (09/1998); Kampo Studio, NY (09/1998).

Precious: Christmas Music With Yoshikazu Mera finds the Japanese vocalist performing a number of Christmas favorites. There are several well-known songs here like "Silent Night" and "White Christmas," along with some surprises like "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "Beauty and the Beast," for example. ~ Jason Birchmeier



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Works Details

>Anonymous, Swedish : How Great Thou Art (Tune :: O store Gud)
  • Performers: Jiro Yoshida (Guitar); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor); Marlon Sanders (Voice); Rosa Russ (Voice); Arif St. Michel (Voice)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Menken, Alan : Beauty and the Beast :: Beauty and the Beast
  • Performers: Jiro Yoshida (Guitar); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jiro Yoshida
  • Ensemble: The Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Carmichael, Hoagy : Stardust
  • Performers: Ben Wittman (Percussion); Gil Goldstein (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jiro Yoshida
  • Ensemble: The Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rodgers, Richard : If I Loved You, song (from "Carousel")
  • Performers: Ben Wittman (Percussion); Gil Goldstein (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jiro Yoshida
  • Ensemble: The Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Jiro Yoshida (Guitar); Gil Goldstein (Piano); Gil Goldstein (Accordion); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Goldstein, Gil : The Meaning of Wonder
  • Performers: Gil Goldstein (Accordion); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jiro Yoshida
  • Ensemble: The Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Frank Churchill/ Leigh Ha : Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, film score
  • Performers: Eijiro Nakagawa (Trombone); Ben Wittman (Drums); Gil Goldstein (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor); Ben Wittman (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1937
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Adam, Adolphe [Composer] : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performers: Jamshied Sharifi (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jiro Yoshida
  • Ensemble: The Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Goldstein, Gil : Music of the Spheres
  • Performers: Eijiro Nakagawa (Trombone); Jiro Yoshida (Guitar); Ben Wittman (Cymbals); Gil Goldstein (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jiro Yoshida
  • Ensemble: The Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
  • Performers: Jiro Yoshida (Guitar); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Harline, Leigh : Pinocchio
  • Performers: Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor); Andy Ezrin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1940
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio