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Reviews

Widely considered the best handbell group in the US.

-- Sarah Cahill
East Bay Express

Their music stunned us all. The four thousand audience members went wild, just as we knew they would.

-- Garrison Keillor
Host, A Prairie Home Companion

Olympians of handbell ringers.

-- Joyce Johnson Hamilton
Music Director, Diablo Symphony

The musicianship ... is solid, and the musical values regarding repertoire and its execution are invariably of the highest order. So is the sound.

-- David Vernier

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Best of Sonos

Best of Sonos (CD)

$15.70

Release Date: 12/01/04
Running Time: 50 min.
Media Type: CD

Quick Overview

Old favorites have been newly re-recorded.

Product Description

After 15 seasons of Sonos tours audiences have developed their favorites from our wide-ranging repertoire. Driving works like Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance" and Mozart's "Rondo alla Turca" always elicit enthusiastic responses, but quieter works such as Robert Lowry's deeply inspired "Shall We Gather at the River?" and Bach's sublime "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" have also brought much joy. Old favorites have been newly re-recorded. "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" with cello on the bass line and acqua bells providing just the right bending of sound really brings this classic Hart Morris arrangement alive. And who can resist the heart-rending beauty of "Shenandoah" or the seasonal sound of "Greensleeves" with clarinet, harp and flute adding their timbres to the bells? Also included are some of our favorite new works like Handel's "Water Music," De Falla's "Ritual Fire Dance" and Lecuona's "Malagueña." This is familiar music to sing, dance or just simply listen to. Let Sonos' musicality and virtuosity entrance you.

Track List

  1. Ritual Fire Dance (from El Amor Brujo) De Falla, arr. Meredith   play
  2. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (BWV 147) Bach, arr. Meredith   play
  3. Allegro Maestoso (from Water Music) Handel, arr. Meredith   play
  4. Rondo alla Turca (K. 331) Mozart, arr. Meredith   play
  5. Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, Spiritual, arr. Morris   play
  6. Shall We Gather At the River Lowry, arr. Wood   play
  7. Fantasy on Carol of the Bells, Ukranian Carol, arr. Kinzel   play
  8. Greensleeves, English Carol, arr. Meredith   play
  9. Sabre Dance (from Gayane Ballet) Khachaturian, arr. Thompson   play
  10. Shenandoah, American Folksong, arr. Hopson   play
  11. Bolero (Op. 12, No. 5) Moszkowski, arr. Meredith   play
  12. Malagueña Lecuona, arr. Thompson   play
  13. Córdoba (from Cantos de España, Op. 232) Albéniz, arr. Meredith   play
  14. Leyenda (from Cantos de España, Op. 232) Albéniz, arr. Meredith   play

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