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Christmas With Sonos Handbell Ensemble

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This best-selling title recreates all of your fondest memories of Christmas with the glorious sound of handbells. This seasonal favorite includes "Silent Night," "Sleigh Ride" and more - twenty selections of carols and Christmas favorites.

1. Dance Of The Red Flutes
2. Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
3. Sleigh Ride
4. West Indies Carol
5. Christmas Tidings
6. Shepherd's Air
7. Fantasy On Carol Of The Bells
8. Austrian Carol
9. Veni Emmanuel
10. We Three Kings
11. Coventry Carol
12. Troika, Op. 60
13. Christmas Song
14. Two French Carols: 'Twas In The Moon Of Wintertime/Whence Comes This R ush Of Wings Afar!
15. Catalonian Carol
16. Silent Night
17. Panis Angelicus
18. White Christmas
19. Joseph Dear, Joseph Mine
20. Christmas Postcard

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Well-Tempered Produc
  • ASIN: B000003Y2Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jason Tiller on January 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Christmas with Sonos Handbell Ensemble" continues the tradition of excellent playing and fine engineering pioneered on Sonos' first disc. The repertoire runs the gamut, but leans toward the quiet, mellow carols and tunes, and the other instruments featured (flute & clarinet) are perfectly balanced and blended with the overall sound. The acoustic is marvelous, greatly benefitting from the superb room at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch and audiophile-quality production.
Of special interest is the bluesy/gospel "Christmas Tidings" (Mary Had a Baby Boy/Go Tell It On the Mountain) with clarinet, the lovely "Panis Angelicus" with flute, and a quirky arrangement of "Carol of the Bells," which does not do what you expect! There's the ever-popular nutcracker, along with the Leroy Anderson's hit "Sleigh Ride." A moody "Veni Emmanuel" is paired with a mediaeval-sounding "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen." There's even a little Prokofiev: the "Troika" (another kind of sleigh ride), from Lt. Kije.
This CD is great for parties and background music but can also be brought up and appreciated for its detail and finer qualities. A rare combination.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Bell Music Lover on June 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I am so glad I have this wonderful CD of Christmas songs with bells. The bells are truly played as one instrument and you can really get into the Christmas spirit. It's so hard to record bells well, but they did it! I always tell my friends to BUY this CD to add to their Christmas music collection. In fact, I give the CDs away as gifts! A GREAT RECORDING!
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While we all associate bells with Christmas, we think more of bells ringing wildly in their towers. And when we think of Christmas music, we think schmaltz. This album features a different kind of bells -- handbells -- and music that is anything but schmaltzy. As I listen to this beautiful, seamless music, I am in awe of the skills required to make it sound that way: a dozen people handling dozens of bells, sounding as one instrument. The musical selections are varied, the performance top-notch, and the experience of listening is marvelous. I do not hesitate to recommend this CD to any listener.
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"Dance of the Reed Flutes" was aired on the radio and thereby introduced me to Sonos. Here are many favorites rendered by bells. "Sleigh Ride" [Anderson] is musical irony: a piece written to sound like sleigh bells, played by handbells. This will be a wonderful addition to your Christmas music collection.
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The other two reviews stressed that this was a quiet, unexciting CD, which appealed to me. I was surprised that the first part of the CD, at least, was anything but sedate and calm. I enjoyed the music, however, and the handbell group is very talented. Just don't expect this to be all peaceful background music.
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By Robert S. Lewis on January 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I like handbell music anyway, so I was already set to like this. Good Christmas CD to get away from the typical stuff. Great for background. Very cheerful. Very full sound. Get it if you like something besides guitar and piano for a change.
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By Katy B on March 27, 2010
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Beautiful Christmas music played on handbells. It was the background for our family opening our presents this Christmas. I couldn't have asked for a better reminder of previous Christmases when we played the music ourselves.
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