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Holiday Pops / Keith Lockhart, Boston Pops Orchestra

Audio Samples

>Bass, Randol Alan : Gloria, for chorus
>Morley, Angela : Christmas Waltzes, for orchestra
>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Christmas Carols
>Traditional, Christmas : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)
>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlesienne, suite for orchestra no 2
>     Fa
>Guaraldi, Vince : Christmastime is Here
>Nestico, Sammy Big Band : Good Swing Wenceslas
>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride
>Sebesky, Don : Frosty All the Way!
>Williams, John : Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas

Album Summary

>Bass, Randol Alan : Gloria, for chorus
>Morley, Angela : Christmas Waltzes, for orchestra
>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Christmas Carols
>Traditional, Christmas : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)
>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlesienne, suite for orchestra no 2
>Guaraldi, Vince : Christmastime is Here
>Nestico, Sammy Big Band : Good Swing Wenceslas
>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride
>Sebesky, Don : Frosty All the Way!
>Williams, John : Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: John Wilkins (guitar); Ann Hobson Pilot (harp); Bonnie Bewick, Bo-Youp Hwang, Nancy Bracken, Gottfried Wilfinger, Kelly Barr, Brynn Albanese, Sheila Fiekowsky, Joseph McGauley, Amnon Levy, Cynthia Cummings, Sarah Roth, Lucia Lin, Si Jing Huang, Ronald Knudsen, Jennifer Elowitch, Joseph Conte, Tatiana Dimitriades, Tamara Smirnova, Greg Vitale, Aza Raykhtsaum, Alfred Schneider, Ronan Lefkowitz, Valerie Kuchment, Elita Kang, Alexander Romanul, James Cooke (violin); Michael Zaretsky, Marc Jeanneret, Edward Gazouleas, Burton Fine, Kazuko Matsusaka, Rachel Fagerburg, Robert "Bootsie" Barnes (viola); Sato Knudsen, Luis Leguia, Joel Moerschel, Owen Young, Ronald Feldman, Martha Babcock, Ronald Lowry, Andrew Pearce , Jonathan Miller (cello); Marianne Gedigian, Elizabeth Ostling (flute); Geralyn Coticone (piccolo); Scott Andrews, Thomas Martin (clarinet); Keisuke Wakao (oboe); Robert Sheena (English horn); Roland Small, Richard Ranti (bassoon); Gregg Henegar (contrabassoon); Michael Leonard, Michael Monaghan (saxophone); Bruce Hall , Thomas Rolfs, Jr., Thomas Smith, Peter Chapman (trumpet); Norman Bolter, James Nova, Darren Acosta (trombone); Douglas Yeo (bass trombone); Chester Schmitz (tuba); Jay Wadenpfuhl, Daniel Katzen, Jonathan Menkis, Richard Mackey (horns); Bob Winter (piano, keyboards); James David Christie (organ); Mark Henry (bass guitar); Timothy Genis (timpani); Pat Hollenbeck, J. William Hudgins, Thomas Gauger, Fred Buda, Frank Epstein (percussion).

Recording information: Symphony Hall, Boston, MA (12/30/1997-12/31/1997).

Triumphant and joyous is the sound of Kieth Lockhart and his orchestra when listening to this very festive collection of shimmering holiday tunes. The music itself can really attract even the mild grinch-like listener and make one feel warm and welcome, such as walking in the heart of a crystaline wintry landscape. It is here that you will find intricately woven arrangements worthy of several playbacks near the home's cozy fireplace. Strike the matches and light the candles, prepare the marshmallows for a slow roast while enjoying the charming "Tomorrow Is My Dancing Day," a feast of Wassail tunes spanning five centuries. Be prepared to receive many blessings with the vibrant "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" arrangement, permeating the work of English composer Ralph Vaughn Williams, dating from 1912. "The Shepard's Chorus" is an uplifting masterpiece valiant in spirit, displaying the touch and grace of Hector Berlioz, who composed this medley just to pass the time at a dull party. The music solely reminded Berlioz of a "primitive, pastoral mysticism." Perhaps the most commercially appealing track of this collection is the heartwarming yet frigid aura of Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here," here sung by the Performing Artists at Lincoln School. A legendary jazz artist in his own right, Sammy Nestico puts together a wonderful arrangement, as Lockhart and the Pops play a swinging rendition of "Good Wenceslas." Such a youthful and exuberant chorus at heart prances along, merrily singing the candid "Sleigh Ride." Again, just to reiterate, these tunes are meant for all Christmas lovers, and should be listened to in light of the season, either actively or casually, at a dance party or sitting by the fire. ~ Shawn M. Haney



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Works Details

>Bass, Randol Alan : Gloria, for chorus
  • Performers: Keith Lockhart (Piano); Boston Pops; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Ensemble: Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Morley, Angela : Christmas Waltzes, for orchestra
  • Performers: Keith Lockhart (Piano); Boston Pops; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Ensemble: Boston Pops
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
  • Performers: Keith Lockhart (Piano); Boston Pops; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Ensemble: Boston Pops
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1910

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Christmas Carols
  • Performers: Mark Oswald (Voice); Keith Lockhart (Piano); Boston Pops; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Ensemble: Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 11 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1912

>Traditional, Christmas : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)
  • Performers: Keith Lockhart (Piano); Boston Pops; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Ensemble: Boston Pops
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1833

>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
  • Performers: Keith Lockhart (Piano); Boston Pops; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Ensemble: Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 10/1850-07/1854

>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra no 2 :: Fa
  • Performers: Keith Lockhart (Piano); Boston Pops; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Ensemble: Boston Pops
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Guaraldi, Vince : Christmastime is Here
  • Performers: Eiver Palsdottir; Keith Lockhart (Piano); Boston Pops; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Ensemble: Performing Artists at Lincoln School
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Nestico, Sammy Big Band : Good Swing Wenceslas
  • Performers: Keith Lockhart (Piano); Boston Pops
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Ensemble: Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hairston, Jester : Mary's boy child
  • Performers: Keith Lockhart (Piano); Boston Pops; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Ensemble: Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride
  • Performers: Keith Lockhart (Piano); Boston Pops; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Ensemble: Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Sebesky, Don : Frosty All the Way!
  • Performers: Keith Lockhart (Piano); Boston Pops; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Ensemble: Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Williams, John : Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
  • Performers: Keith Lockhart (Piano); Boston Pops; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Ensemble: Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas