Memories of Christmas, Volume 2 — 2015

CD Cover Christmas 2015 750x750This year, my Christmas music-project is my selection of your and my favorite songs and carols from previous Christmas projects, 2007-2014. I have included all recordings made by Roberta Silva and me since the first volume of “Memories of Christmas” (2006).

Each of these songs has a rich history. Some of these I will later share. The only new performance for this year had been intended to be a medley that included “Silent Night” and “Adeste Fidelis.” However, 2007’s “Christmas Fantasia” project also includes both of these songs. David Lowe’s included organ arrangement, “Prelude, Fugue, and Toccata on Adeste Fidelis” features the piece again. It seemed that a third arrangement of “Adeste Fidelis” in this year’s project would have been excessive. This recording will wait its turn in an upcoming year’s project.

The included arrangement of the “Hallelujah Chorus” for brass and strings is by me. It is also from 2007. I was never pleased with certain aspects of the 2007 version. So, the 2015 Christmas season, I placed the work back onto the potter’s wheel and gave it a re-spin. Now, in 2017, I’m thinking about throwing it back onto the wheel and giving it another spin… Please stay tuned.

Without hesitation I will say that my favorite piece in this group is the last one, Roberta’s 2008 recording of “Some Children See Him.” I transcribed Dave Grusin’s arrangement of this and “In The Bleak Midwinter” from the “James Taylor At Christmas” CD. I hope that you find the piece and Roberta’s beautiful performance as emotionally moving as I do.

Merry Christmas & Season’s Greetings from Stan Owen, Jr. and Creative Minds’ Music.

Click on the mp3 player to play
Title mp3 Audio Composer
In The Bleak Midwinter mp3 Harold Edwin Darke, arr. Dave Grusin
Christmas Fantasia mp3 Various, arr. Carl F. Mueller
O, Little Town Of Bethlehem mp3 Lewis Henry Redner, arr. Harold DeCou
Do You Hear What I Hear mp3 Gloria Shayne Baker, arr. S. Owen, Jr.
Carol Of The Drum mp3 Katherine Kennicott Davis, arr. Harold DeCou
Go Tell It On The Mountain mp3 Traditional, arr. Harold DeCou
I Wonder As I Wander mp3 John Jacob Niles, arr. S. Owen, Jr.
Sleigh Ride mp3 Leroy Anderson
Willy Evergreen mp3 John Von Spreckelsen, arr. S. Owen, Jr.
Hallelujah mp3 George Frideric Handel, arr. S. Owen, Jr.
Prelude, Fugue, and Toccata on Adeste Fidelis mp3 John Francis Wade, arr. David Lowe
Some Children See Him mp3 Alfred Burt, arr. Dave Grusin

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>