Christmas CD (2010)

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Product Overview


Label Linus Entertainment/ka
SKU 217499426
UPC 803057012626
UPC 14 00803057012626
Format CD
Release Date 11/9/2010
Author Quartetto Gelato
Technical Info
Producer Peter de Sotto; Gary Gray; Rebecca Pellett
CatalogID 270126
Lable Name Linus
Released 11/09/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 51m : 38s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00803057012626
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixer: Gary Gray .
Recording information: Humbercrest United Church.
Canada's Quartetto Gelato is not a string quartet but a flexible ensemble that can include anything from tenor vocals to a musical saw. An accordion frequently plays an important role in the sound and lends the music a Romani tinge. As the name indicates, there's something fundamentally whimsical about the group's music, and Christmas songs are an odd choice for them. The Magic of Christmas can't quite decide whether it wants to be cheeky or old-world lyrical, and the result is misfires such as the pointlessly bouncy versions of White Christmas (track 1) and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (track 6). But Quartetto Gelato is never even close to dull, and the successes are equally numerous: the unique and sweet version of The Christmas Song, taking it back to the confines of an Eastern European cafe, ca. 1920, or the selections from the Nutcracker, cleverly boiled down to quartet size. Corelli's Christmas Concerto brings the balance between traditional classical repertory and popular song that has been present on the other Quartetto Gelato albums; it, too, is inventively transferred to this format. Probably fans of the group and its attitude will find The Magic of Christmas delightful, but those in search of general Christmas music, or those who want to get to know Quartetto Gelato for the first time, might sample before buying.~James Manheim
Disc 1
1 White Christmas
2 Christmas Medley: Angels We Have Heard on High / Hark the Herald Angels Sing / Carol of the Bells /
3 The Christmas Song
4 The Nutcracker: Dance of a Sugar Plum Fairy
5 Gesu Bambino
6 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
7 The Nutcracker: Trepak
8 Ave Maria
9 The Nutcracker: March
10 I'll Be Home for Christmas
11 Christmas Concerto: Vivace - Grave
12 Christmas Concerto: Allegro
13 Christmas Concerto: Adagio - Allegro - Adagio
14 Christmas Concerto: Vivace
15 Christmas Concerto: Allegro
16 Christmas Concerto: Largo
17 O Holy Night
Product Attributes
Artist Quartetto Gelato
Music Format Compact Disc
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