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Holiday Pops

Boston Pops Orchestra Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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listen  1. GloriaThe Boston Pops Orchestra 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Christmas WaltzesKeith Lockhart 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Carol of the BellsThe Boston Pops Orchestra 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Fantasia on Christmas Carols (1912)The Boston Pops Orchestra11:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Tomorrow is My Dancing DayThe Boston Pops Orchestra 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Shepherd's Chorus (from L'Enfance du Christ)The Boston Pops Orchestra 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2/FarandoleKeith Lockhart 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Christmas Time Is Here (from the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas)The Boston Pops Orchestra;Keith Lockhart 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Good Swing WenceslasThe Boston Pops Orchestra 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mary's Little Boy ChildThe Boston Pops Orchestra 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Sleigh RideKeith Lockhart 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Frosty All the Way!Keith Lockhart 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas (from the movie Home Alone 2)The Boston Pops Orchestra 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 29, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000007QGW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best Christmas album I've ever owned!! November 22, 1998
Format:Audio CD
I'm not going to say anything silly and oozing with propoganda; i.e. "I never know it's really Christmas until I hear the Boston Pops." That would be a shameless lie. I'm one of those people who *always* knows when the holidays are near; I start counting down the days till Christmas the first week of September. My only point in writing this is to recommend to all of you a fantastic collection of holiday music. If you have a special place in your heart for beautiful music, Christmas, and/or Keith Lockhart, this album is for you! From sacred classics to swing and jazz songs, the Pops definitely knows how to reach listeners and spread the holiday spirit. The opening number, "Gloria," which actually premiered in 1990 with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, is a beautiful piece -- perfectly blending soaring choral lines with the majesty of the musical score. (The contribution of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, conducted by John Oliver, is wonderful in this recording!) Also enjoyable is the traditional "Carol of the Bells," with the Tanglewood Chorus; a medley of wassailing songs, "Tomorrow is My Dancing Day"; and the beautiful excerpts from operatic works by Berlioz and Bizet. A rousing jazz version of "Good King Wenceslas" that showcases a brilliant rhythm section puts a swing on an old favorite, and the album concludes with the John Williams/Leslie Bricusse modern classic "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas" from -- who would have thought? -- the movie "Home Alone 2." The latest addition to a string of successful classical recordings, Holiday Pops is the Boston Pops' way of wishing all of its listeners a happy holiday. It certainly lifted *my* spirits; I couldn't wait to hear it again. Merry Christmas to all, and a special thank-you to Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for a job very, very well done!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Boston Pops Lovers December 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Poor Keith Lockhart did not have the easiest time when he first came to Boston. He made a few major mistakes. First, he shortened the 1812 Overture at the July 4th Concert at the Esplanade, which may have been a decision of the television stations carrying the broadcast, but it, went over with a thud. His first few Christmas concerts were not critically acclaimed, though crowds still attended. By the time his album HOLIDAY POPS was released, things got a bit better for poor Keith, and now he is as much of a Boston institution as anyone.
The collections greatest strength is the lush sound of the orchestra and Lockhart's excellent handling of the ensemble. No matter what he selected as music for this album, it probably would have worked rather well. The track has a "Gloria" that was commissioned by the Boston Symphony. There are also familiar arrangements in the style associated with the Boston Pops of Christmas waltzes, a track called "Frosty All the Way," "Good Swing Wenceslas," and perhaps the best track on the disc "Tomorrow Is My Dancing Day." The chorus adds to numbers such as "The shepherd's Chorus," "Sleigh Ride," and John William's "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas" from HOME ALONE 2.
Lockhart's style differs greatly from the legendary Arthur Fiedler and his successor John Williams, but for those who love the Boston Pops, especially at Christmastime, will not have a complete collection without this disc.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Keith Lockhart December 4, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
In an age of Christmas artists like Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Who came up with these names anyway?), it's a blessing that we still have artists who have become as timeless as the Christmas music that they play. For many years, the Boston Pops Orchestra has had an annual tradition of performing Holiday Pops concerts in December, with the audiences enjoying champagne and refreshments on the floor. And Keith Lockhart has certainly done an excellent job of carrying on the tradition long maintained by Arthur Fiedler and John Williams.
This CD is an excellent compilation of the Boston Pops at its finest. From the opening "Gloria" to "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas," each selection has its own unique touch applied to it. My favorites are "Gloria," "Christmas Waltzes," "Carol of the Bells," "The Shepherds' Chorus," "Christmas Time Is Here," and the swinging compilation "Frosty All The Way!"
He also presents a different version of the tune "Sleigh Ride," long a Pops Holiday staple, but I still think it sounds better without the lyrics. Fortunately, I have other recordings by Fiedler and Williams of this work. But other than this, it's a great CD overall. Thank you, Keith Lockhart, for keeping the tradition of great holiday music going. Your orchestra certainly has the timelessness that Mannheim Steamroller will never have.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Keith Lockhart, you've done it again February 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I have to start out by saying, I am a HUGE Keith Lockhart and Boston Pops fan, as any of my friends will tell you. Naturally, I loved this CD. Mr. Keith Lockhart did a fabulous job of putting this CD together. Most (if not all) of the music was taken from the 1997 Holiday Pops Concert (if I remember correctly) and it is just good music. Christmas music is happy music and also having a CD cover with Keith in a Santa suit, is just the best. Holiday Pops gathers together "popular" christmas music like "Sleigh Ride" complete with chorus singing and more carol type pieces like "Carol of the Bells" (which in my experence, is hard to find).
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 15 days ago by Douger
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christmas collection
This was recommended to me specifically for the Alan Randal Bass "Gloria", and I can say it's a great collection of Boston Pops music to add to your Christmas collection.
Published 9 months ago by Charlotte Medley
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music
This is a beautiful Christmas CD if you enjoy the symphony orchestra. I have listened to it frequently and it is one of my personal favorites. A must have!!!
Published 9 months ago by Kayla Spurgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Christmas album
The Gloria on this album is perhaps my single favorite piece of Christmas music ever, but I love this who CD. I gave it to all my siblings for Christmas this year.
Published 20 months ago by Peter H. Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Pops
Just what I was looking for. The CD has a piece by an American composer that I will be performing during the Christmas season and listening to this recording helps my preparation.
Published 23 months ago by JA
5.0 out of 5 stars "Just hear those sleigh bells ring -a-ling, ring-ting-ting-a-ling...
My wife and I took our son and her parents to see a matinee performance of "Holiday Pops", the Christmas concert of the Boston Pops Orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston on Friday... Read more
Published on December 14, 2010 by Classic film buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Pops
The CD "Holiday Pops" is outstanding. I play it all the time when I am driving. This CD puts me in a Holiday mood, especially "The Gloria" by Bass because our church choir is... Read more
Published on December 7, 2009 by K. Guenther
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Pops
I ordered this CD because I had received one for the music library at the public radio station where I was music director before my retirement. Read more
Published on January 21, 2007 by Mary Lee Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Best for Christmas Cheer !!
This is one of the cleanest orchestral recordings of the 90s and shows the Boston Pops to great advantage. Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by John C. Whitney
5.0 out of 5 stars Can listen all year
This is a great cd and Farandole has been a favorite of our son for over a year (he's 2 1/2). I highly recommend it!
Published on October 19, 2004 by lfranciosi
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