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This disc has the new sound of the Pops under Lockhart's direction. There are new arrangements that are fresh and lively, and bound to become future "classic" Pops favorites. There is a mix of the traditional (the arrangement of "Joy to the World" "O Holy Night" and the famous chorus from Handel's MESSIAH "Hallelujah." The original "Kije Takes a Sleigh Ride" based on the "Troika" Prokofiev's LT. KIJE. There are three medleys: one of winter weather songs, a second of general holiday songs, and a third called JOY which is an addictive arrangement of Christmas carols. Any time I listen to this disc I find myself listening to this track again and again.
I'm giving these recording five stars due to the quality of the musical performances. It is a flawless set, but for me it would be a supplementary Boston Pops Christmas disc.Read more ›
The overall result is that SLEIGH RIDE has much great music on it, but I do wish that it contained a few more traditional Christmas songs performed close to how they were written. I somewhat prefer the earlier Christmas CD from The Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart, entitled Holiday Pops, though the two discs are very similar in style. (Incidentally, it's a treat that on the CD SLEIGH RIDE the Boston Pops performs "Sleigh Ride" instrumentally, while on HOLIDAY POPS they perform it vocally.) So, what I did was to combine my favorite pieces from each CD on my computer, and the result is an AWESOME Christmas album!!
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I searched for years to find the Story of The Night Before Christmas put to music and who could be better than The Boston Pops?
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This CD was shipped very quickly from the USA and contains a varied collection of Christmas music. My favourite tenor Alfie Boe is featured. Not just hymns but songs too.Published on December 31, 2011 by mkem1325
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