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Sleigh Ride

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SLEIGH RIDE features conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra in their 9th album together. Chock full of glittering holiday favorites, SLEIGH RIDE includes "Joy to the World", the Hallelujah Chorus (from The Messiah), "Twas the Night Before Christmas", "O Holy Night," and many others, performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra and featuring the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor.

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Dear Friends: There is no time of the year like the holidays, and no other celebration is so centered around and dependent on the ongoing gift of music. Just imagine the holiday season without holiday music! Impossible…and very sad to contemplate. My own Christmas memories, forged in childhood, all have a soundtrack-singing hymns at midnight service on Christmas eve, listening to Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole while decorating the tree, ‘singing along with Mitch’ and, more recently, sharing the great glories of this musical tradition with you. I’ve left a couple of my favorite holiday treats tunder the tree for you, all wrapped up, and with your name on the tag. Happy holidays from all of us at the Boston Pops!—Conductor Keith Lockhart.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Joy to the World
  2. Sleigh Ride, for orchestra (or string orchestra)
  3. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
  4. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus
  5. The Adoration of the Magi
  6. Songs from the Hill Folk, medley
  7. Do You Hear What I Hear?
  8. Kijé Takes a Ride (after Prokofiev)
  9. Winter Weather Medley
  10. Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ('Minuit, Chrétiens,' 'O Holy Night')
  11. Joy!
  12. Happy Holidays


Product Details

  • Performer: Alfred Boe, Jesse Goldberg, Renese King
  • Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Composer: Lowell Mason, Leroy Anderson, Ken Darby, George Frederick Handel, Ottorino Respighi, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Artemis Classics
  • ASIN: B000B2WK78
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,748 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Timothy Kearney VINE VOICE on December 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When it comes to Christmas and the Boston Pops, it's easy to wonder if this ensemble really needs another Christmas recording. We have multiple discs with the great Fiedler renditions of holiday music, and there are two fine discs under the direction of Conductor Laureate John Williams. Keith Lockhart has also released a holiday music disc. Why another? Well, when it comes to the Pops, creativity and reinvention are two of their trademarks, so this ensemble can always be counted on for something unique and enjoyable, and this newest Christmas CD SLEIGH RIDE will become a beloved part opf the Pops Christmas music library.

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.
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SLEIGH RIDE is overall a very good Christmas CD, although in some ways it's also a mixed Santa's bag. Some of it I love, especially the classical pieces such as Respighi's "Adoration of the Magi" and Handel's "Halleujah Chorus." Also, "Twas the Night Before Christmas" was a great find for me, since I had never heard that poem set to music before, and the result is enchanting. Among the popular songs on here, "O Holy Night" and "Sleigh Ride" are performed very well and largely unaltered. However, it seems to me that the new arrangements and stylistic changes made to some pieces on here don't work very well. For instance, Prokofiev's "Lieutenant Kije" should have been left as it was originally rather than turning it into a jazz rendition that doesn't work as well, and the songs of the "Winter Weather Medley" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" have been so altered that they don't much sound like the originals at all. I mean, I like hearing creative new versions of music, but I don't understand the current tendency to change Christmas music, especially popular songs, to that extent. If everybody is so sick of hearing traditional Christmas tunes, why play them at all? I for one am NOT sick of them.

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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A VERY WELL-DONE ORCHESTRAL CD OF CHRISTMAS CLASSICS,AND HARD TO FIND IN MY LOCAL STORES. SO HAPPY TO PURCHASE IT.
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Sleigh Ride is one of my Most loved Christmas song. It is preformed by the Boston Pops, so what could be better than to listen to the song to put a person in the Christmas mood.
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