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Chip Davis Presents: Renaissance Holiday

Mannheim SteamrollerAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Volte - Praetorius 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ding Dong! Merrily On High - Branle By Thoinot Arbeau/Roth 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Cos Colo Odo Sa - Anon 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen24. Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming - Praetorius 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Grammy Award winning composer/ musician Chip Davis is one of the most successful innovators and
entrepreneurs in music today. He is the creator of Mannheim Steamroller, the #1 Christmas music artist in history and one of the top 50 best-selling artists of all times with over 40 million records sold, 27 million in the Christmas genre alone.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: October 6, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: American Gramaphone
  • ASIN: B00000AFTH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

1998 release from Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller) who collaborates with members of MS and other artists. Renaissance Holiday is a cool variation on the traditional "Fresh Aire" sound. Mannheim Steamroller tackles olde Renaissance music in their familiar style, and while that occasionally can sound a little strange -- this was not music made to be played by synthesizers -- it is very, very intriguing and a very refreshing spin on their signature sound.

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really Mannheim, but good anyway December 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Okay, there's been some debate in these reviews about whether or not this is a Mannheim CD. It is a collection of works performed by various artists (some of whom have worked with Mannheim Steamroller.) Chip Davis, who is the creator of Mannheim Steamroller, assembled this collection and put it all on this one CD. Contrary to what some people are saying here, I wouldn't consider Chip Davis to BE Mannheim Steamroller. He's the creator, and the composer of their works, but he is merely one of several performers. For this to really be a Mannheim Steamroller album, you would need to have Chip, Jackson Berkey, Arnie Roth, Ron Cooley, Roxanne Layton, etc, etc all performing together. And the arrangements would all have to be done by Chip.

Okay, technicalities aside... There is some good music here, and none of it is duplicated from previous Mannheim CDs as one reviewer said. They all have a Renaissance flair, so some of the arrangements may sound like ones that were done before, but these are definitely different enough to be called new. If you enjoyed the Renaissance bits from the Mannheim albums, you will enjoy this album. On the other hand, if you prefer the electronic, synthesizer stuff from the Mannheim albums, you may be disappointed. Overall, I'd say this is a worthy edition to the Steamroller albums, even if it isn't technically a Steamroller album itself.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medieval Magnificence! August 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Beautiful. This is wonderful, creative, medieval Christmas music - you name it, this CD has it. It's by Chip Davis, not Mannheim Steamroller, as some people assume. But don't be put off by that. Only Mannheim's 2nd CD can outdo this one by Chip Davis, who IS Mannheim Steamroller, by the way. I find that most folks - even those of fairly mainstream taste - find this type of stuff compelling and worthy of buying.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday masterwork by Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller. December 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Chip Davis, the arranger-conductor of Renaissance Holiday, IS Mannheim Steamroller. This particular album brings together Davis, his New Age synthesizers and various instrumental and percussive groups, with the great London Symphony Orchestra. With Renaissance Holiday, Davis surpasses the Mannheim Steamroller. This is Davis' most ambitious work in the area of seasonal music and a magnificent, glorious work of Christmas beauty.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six H. and M. Praetorius Pieces Make the CD March 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Six Praetorius pieces, Hieronymus and Michael, make this CD worth much more than the price: they bring beauy to the ears and heart, especially M. Praetorius's opening track "Volte" by the Pittsburg Symphony Brass. Others are equally beautiful and played by such artists and organizations as the London Symphony Strings, Asbury Brass Quintet, Chicago Chamber Musicians Brass Quintet, and the Musica Anima Renaissance Consort. Here is a CD presented by Chip Davis that proves its value in its ability to be heard far beyond the December holiday season. Buy it now and enjoy it all year!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD and I'll clear up some misconceptions December 14, 2012
By ITguy
Format:Audio CD
I came to this CD not as a Mannheim Steamroller fan, but as someone who routinely listens to and performs music from that period - the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries.

Basically, I enjoyed the CD. It's got straight-up performances of pieces from that era. If you're a stickler about period instruments, note that some of the pieces are played on more recent instruments, like modern-day strings instead of Renaissance-era strings.

The CD has a Christmas/New Year focus in many of the selections, and the CD is called Renaissance Holiday, but almost half of the pieces are unrelated to the holiday season. Some were the dance music of the day, not tied to a holiday. They're good pieces, but I guess I'm a little disappointed that it's coming across as if anything that sounds old-ish like that must be Christmas music. It's like a menu that says the vegetable of the day is carrots, when it's actually a mix of green beans and carrots.

If you're looking for the Mannheim Steamroller synth/new-agey sound, it's not here. I was surprised so many people are calling it a Mannheim Steamroller CD when MS is mentioned nowhere on the CD - not the cover, not the liner notes, not printed on the CD (or at least not on my copy). Yep, three of the 40 or so performers are members of MS and Arnie Roth did some arrangements (no major departures from the originals), but MS isn't mentioned anywhere.

Some reviewers called the music medieval, which is off by a century or two. These are Renaissance and early Baroque works. The time between medieval music and some of these works is bigger than the time between Beethoven and the Beatles.

Some reviewers called the music English. Less than half the music is English. The rest is French, German, Dutch, Italian, or other origins.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance Holiday January 31, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love my Renaissance Holiday CD. I have several CDs by Chip Davis. This is a good addition. Don't know how I missed it years ago. Thank you for the reasonably priced and speedy service.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Renaissance Collection December 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Boy, are there reviewers of this who don't know what they're talking about. The compositions here are not Davis', but the likes of Praetorius, Franck, et al.
This is good stuff if you like the sounds of this period of music, which I do. I can't take a steady diet of it, but every now and then, and especially at the holidays, this is good CD's to spin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music that really puts one in the holiday mood.
Published 17 days ago by Donovan M. Proft
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Holiday music
A different kind of Christmas music. Sometimes classical others spiritual and sometimes even playful but all of it wonderful. You can play it all year long if you wish!
Published 1 month ago by LuisP
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun album
Not my favorite from them but there's a good number of songs on the CD that are fun to listen to.
Published 5 months ago by CarolB
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
There is nothing special in this music. The CD of the Disney hits is a lot better. Even the London Symphony Orchestra sounded mediocre.
Published 7 months ago by S. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for period music lovers and Mannheim Steamroller fans
I added this to my Christmas collection of Mannheim Steamroller albums and have not been disappointed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by lonestarmike
5.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance Holiday
This is an interesting album, using instruments of the 17th and 18th century. A different sound, for sure, but an interesting album. Not for everybody, but I find enjoyable.
Published 8 months ago by The Old Man "Steve", Nampa, Id.
4.0 out of 5 stars Old English style CD
Good CD, great music, ths goes hand in hand with other great CD from Chip Davis, received this as a gift
Published 8 months ago by ATF
5.0 out of 5 stars Good renaissance music
As noted in reviews not MS but filler a Chip Davis used under the electronic stuff on many albums. Solidly good performances. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Postman
1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't listen to it
This is a christmas gift so of course I haven't listened to it.I'll know on the 25th December or the next day
Published 9 months ago by Moreen Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance CD
A winner with this one. There is different music on the CD. Some of the songs (?) are short and don't have much of a melodic line, but over all I wanted new music and I got it with... Read more
Published 9 months ago by linda palmer
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