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Christmas Adagios: Holiday Classics to Touch Your Heart and Soul

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10/8/2002

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The rather lengthily named Christmas Adagios: Holiday Classics to Touch Your Heart and Soul features a diverse array of Christmas instrumentals, spanning Richard Stoltzman's contemporary readings of "O Holy Night," "He Shall Feed His Flock," and "O Come Immanuel" to the Boston Pops' lush, traditional-sounding interpretations of "White Christmas" and "Children's Prayer." The Canadian Brass bring a stately grace to "We Three Kings," "Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming," and "Away in a Manger," while Steve Erquiaga's solo acoustic guitar rendition of "The Christmas Song" and Nightnoise's flute and fiddle-driven "Sussex Carol" have a more intimate, contemporary feel. Performances from James Galway and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra round out this collection, which unites classical, new age, Celtic, and jazz elements into a sophisticated, gently festive album.
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night" 6:1
  3. 2 Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22) Canadian Brass 2:54
  4. 3 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) Steve Erquiaga 3:4
  5. 4 O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, emmanuel), carol 4:4
  6. 5 Amazing Grace 2:26
  7. 6 Serenade of Carols~Coventry Carol / The Holly and the Ivy [From Serenade of Carols] New Philharmonia Orchestra 3:35
  8. 7 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night) RCA Symphony Orchestra 3:27
  9. 8 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear RCA Symphony Orchestra 2:3
  10. 9 Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love") Morton Gould 5:23
  11. 10 Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night") Nightnoise 3:57
  12. 11 We Three Kings of Orient Are Canadian Brass 2:27
  13. 12 Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming), instrumental arrangements Canadian Brass 2:30
  14. 13 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56~He Shall Feed His Flock 4:9
  15. 14 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174)~Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus 3:37
  16. 15 Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7)~Sinfonia [From Christmas Oratorio] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2:52
  17. 16 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56~Pastoral Symphony [From Messiah] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 4:38
  18. 17 Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8~Pastorale ad libitum: Largo [From Christmas Concerto] Guildhall String Ensemble 4:4
  19. 18 Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement) James Galway 2:51
  20. 19 Hänsel und Gretel, opera~Children's Prayer [From Hansel and Gretel] Boston Pops Orchestra 3:7
  21. 20 White Christmas, song (from "Holiday Inn") Boston Pops Orchestra 2:28

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