Canadian Brass

Christmas Time Is Here

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A salute to animated holiday specials, Christmas Time Is Here features the Canadian Brass in fun and festive arrangements of music used in the classic TV programs from the 1960s: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman. Prominent are the instrumental pieces by Vince Guaraldi, whose jazzy music for the Peanuts specials quickly became holiday standards. Also included is the song by Dr. Seuss, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," as well as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman," both of which had been big hits for Gene Autry in the 1950s before inspiring their eponymous shows. Other selections include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "The Christmas Song," along with the traditional favorites, "I Saw Three Ships" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." Additionally, there are some clever arrangements of classical pieces, such as Bach's Bells (based on the Sinfonia from Cantata No. 29), and Beethoven's Für Elise, in a set of flashy variations. True to form, the Canadian Brass infuses the performances with verve and humor and keep the music lively with extraordinary virtuosity. The reproduction by Steinway & Sons is full and vibrant.

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