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More Christmas Surprises

More Christmas Surprises

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Foreword by Howard Arman

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to a further collection of “Christmas Surprises”, with melodies both familiar and unfamiliar, young and old. Our choice of songs reflects the richness and diversity of the Christmas repertoire, ranging from traditional carols from all over Europe, to music of the American swing era.

Once again I have had a lot of fun arranging these tunes for choir and orchestra; if, in so doing, I have deliberately avoided some cliches, whilst making affectionate references to others, then all this has been done in the tradition of high spirits which has surrounded so many of our Christmas customs for centuries.

My special thanks go to the wonderful Bavarian Radio Chorus and Munich Radio Orchestra – all of whom shared in the joy of making music. I am also indebted to our special guests Pavol Breslik, Andriy Dragan, Max Hanft (keyboard instruments), Norbert Gabla (bandoneon) and John Arman (jazz guitar).

content of the CD

01 I’m the Happiest Christmas Tree
02 I saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus*
03 Noche anunciada
04 Nu har vi altså jul igen
05 Winter Wonderland*
06 Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle
07 Lieb’ Nachtigall, wach auf
08 Das Kalenderlied
09 Saint Joseph, Meek and Mild
10 Canzona on a Traditional English Carol
11 Rodolfo / Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer**
12 The Twelve Days of Christmas
13 Žežulka z lesa vylítla
14 Lasst uns froh und munter sein
15 Fröhlich klingt es durch den Winterwald
16 Lulajze Jezuniu (Lullaby)
17 Stile Nacht
18 Happy Lisztmas. große Konzertparaphrase über Jingle Bells***
19 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas*

* withPavol Breslik, tenor
** with Norbert Gabla, bandoneon
*** with Andriy Dragan, piano

performers

Pavol Breslik, tenor
Andriy Dragan, piano
Max Hanft, keyboard instruments
Norbert Gabla, bandoneon
John Arman, jazz guitar

Bavarian Radio Chorus
Munich Radio Orchestra
Howard Arman, director

CD, SONY Classical 19075847422
Total time: 67:53

 

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