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A Christmas Festival

September 1, 1987

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 25, 1987
  • Release Date: August 25, 1987
  • Label: RCA Classics Christmas
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 1:02:41
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  • ASIN: B0014LRNPE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,420 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Great classic Christmas music!
angels63
My mom had this album & since CD's have replaced most vinyl, I was happy to be able to enjoy the music that my Mom played for the family at Christmas time.
Amazon Customer
It is an excellent addition to our holiday collection of Christmas carols and music.
Thomas Brewster

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Kearney VINE VOICE on September 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
In Boston, Christmas music is synonymous with The Boston Pops, and for many people, Christmas music is synonymous with its legendary conductor, Arthur Fielder. The album contains many Pops favorites including Leroy Anderson's arrangement of Christmas carols and his well known Sleigh Ride. We actually hear the authentic rendition of Sleigh Ride on this recording since the Pops made Anderson's music famous. The recording includes classical favorites such as music from the opera Hansel and Gretel, Mozart's Sleigh Ride, a highlight from The Nutcracker, and Fantasia on Greensleves. Newer works include Al Hirt's Toy Trumpet. The recording concludes with the Pops timeless rendition of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.
As soon as the music of this recording begins, the listener is transported to Boston's Symphony Hall. So take a break from the hectic holiday season and enjoy the sound of the Boston Pops!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Pops fame of Fiedler and Boston Pops is well illustrated in this Christmas collection.
Well done recording balanced with religious and secular offerings. Especially enjoy the versions of "Carol of the Bells" and "What Child Is This?"
Worthwhile addition to play to provide variety of sung and instrumental holiday cheer.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R. Shaw on December 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Arthur Fiedler has created a timeless classic album with the Boston Pops. All the Christmas standards are here, all in instrumental form (which is hard to find these days). Even if you aren't a classical music fan you will find these renditions exciting and fitting for any Christmas occasion. The songs will draw pleasant memories of your youth at Christmas time. Especially unique is the whimsical "sleigh ride" with the clip clop sounds of horses hooves, a whip snapping, sleigh bells ringing, and for the finale, the neighing of a horse (portrayed by a trumpet of course).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on December 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Arthur Fieldler takes you to "A Christmas Festival" where he will lead you on a "Sleigh Ride" to a "Winter Wonderland" to celebrate an absolutely beautiful "White Christmas" with the Boston Pops Orchestra and Chorus.

Make it a "Silent Night" and listen to some of the classic Christmas carols of all-time - "The Nutcracker: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy," "What Child Is This?" and a host of heavenly chorus singing a "Christmas Medley" of "Here We Come A-Caroling," "O Christmas Tree" and "I Saw Three Ships."

This is one my favorite Christmas music of all-time. The music of Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra has been a part of our very musical household when I was growing up. Likewise, this recording takes me back to my cherished memories of Christmases in the past. This is Christmas music at its best. The arrangements are perfectly done, the orchestration is superb, the choice of material is truly impeccable, and the chorus is outstanding.

Merrily recommended for your Holiday listen and let your ears capture its magic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cerius Balance on September 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album was released on compact disc in October of 1990 but it was released on vinyl records sometime between 1969 to 1972. I grew up listening to it most years until I started on my own path. Of course in my younger days the appreciation for Christmas orchestra music was not there. Only rediscovered it on amazon.com in 1994. It's great to play low as background music on Christmas day while opening gifts or while friends and relatives are talking about. The music has a whimsical flare which really brings out the Christmas spirit. Highly recommended for initiating cheer and maintaining calm in the household.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Classic on August 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As far as I'm concerned this is a "must have" for any Christmas music collection. I also own two other Boston Pops Christmas CD's conducted by John Williams and Keith Lockart which are newer and also great but this one from Artur Fiedler is the "Master". Over an hour of pure classic holiday pleasure. Christmas music like fine wine only improves with age.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gardngoyle on November 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I love this disc. When I was a kid my parents owned this one on a cassette tape and we played it until it wore out. From the first amazing notes of 'Joy To the World' ("Christams Fetival" is a fantastic medley of favorite carols) - straight through to 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' this is a perfect instrumental offering of Holiday music. Excellent background music for the dinner hour or opening the presents on Christmas morning. If your folks had this one on vinyl or cassette it will take you right back home for the holidays. Assuming you want to go there.....I know I'm starting to sound like an infomercial (But wait - There's More!) but no kidding it is also a perfect gift for those folks that seem to have everything.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PATRICK J.POWERS on October 16, 2005
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Next to the selections by Mannheim Steamroller, The Boston Pops and Arthur Fiedler put together some of the wonderful instrumental melodies of the Christmas season.Every one is first rate to listen to. I don't know which one I like. Anyway.. you will like this!!!
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