Friday, December 18, 2015

Stephen Fry and Classical Christmas music on Spotify

Here is a very fine collection of Classical Christmas lollipops…
I discovered this CD when listening to this 78 RPM record of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Catchy Christmas overture from the mid ’20's. Could not fin a modern version on Youtube, but, with some trouble, did find it could be heard on the CD below. How nice this collection is! 
Stephen Fry is the narrator in Clement Clarke Moore’s (1779-1863) “The Night before Christmas”. Hope you will enjoy it too! :-)

Liner notes -> Here 

Leopold Mozart (1719-1787) arr. Lane, Philip (b 1950)
-Divertimento in F Major, "Die musikalische Schlittenfahrt" (The Musical Sleigh-ride)
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), arr Sydney Baynes (1879-1938)
-The Forest of Wild Thyme, Op. 74: Christmas Overture 
Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
-La vierge: The Last Sleep of the Virgin (cello solo Matthew Lee)
Philip Lane (b. 1950)
-Overture on French Carols
-The Night before Christmas (narrated by Stephen Fry)
Otto Nicolai (1810-49)
-Weihnachts-Ouverture uber Vom Himmel hoch
John Carmichael (b 1930) arr Philip Lane
-Sleighride to Thredbo (arr. for orchestra)
Franz Liszt (1811-86) arr Anthony Collins (1893-1963)
 Weihnachtsbaum, S613/R307 (excerpts) (arr. for orchestra)
-Scherzoso: Man zundet die Kerzen des Baumes an (Lighting the Tree) 
-Ehemals (Old Times, violin solo by Rebecca Turner)
Doreen Carwithen (1922-2002) (reconstructed by Philip Lane)
-On the 12th Day

BBC concert orchestra
BBC singers 
Barry Wordsworth, conductor

Stephen Fry, narration on “The Night before Christmas”

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