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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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Christmas with Sonos

Christmas with Sonos (CD)

$15.70

Release Date: 09/01/95
Running Time: 60 min.
Media Type: CD or Cassette

Quick Overview

After the success of the first CD, Sonos went back into George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch Scoring Stage to record their second CD, Christmas with Sonos Handbell Ensemble.

Product Description

After the success of the first CD, Sonos went back into George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch Scoring Stage to record their second CD, Christmas with Sonos Handbell Ensemble. The disc features Christmas music from around the world, including traditional, sacred and contemporary selections. It was chosen by San Francisco's classical radio station, KDFC as their CD of the month for December the year it was released, as published in Gramophone Magazine. Along with some traditional bell arrangements, the CD also contains some more unique numbers, including Chris Kinzel's deliciously twisted arrangement, Fantasy on Carol of the Bells, James Meredith's mixing of Dixieland clarinet and bells on Christmas tidings, and a haunting mix of choir chimes and flute on Veni Emmanuel.

Track List

  1. Dance of the Reed Flutes (from Nutcracker Suite), Tchaikovsky/Griffin   play
  2. Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella, arr. Stephenson   play
  3. Sleigh Ride, Anderson/Ivey   play
  4. West Indies Carol, arr. Morris   play
  5. Christmas Tidings (Mary Had a Baby/Go Tell it on the Mountain, with clarinet, bells and hand chimes), arr. Meredith   play
  6. Shepherd's Air, Goff   play
  7. Fantasy on Carol of the Bells (Ukrainian Carol), arr. Kinzel   play
  8. Austrian Carol, arr. Stephenson   play
  9. Veni Emmanuel (O Come, O Come Emanuel/God Rest You Merry Gentlemen with flute, bells and hand chimes), arr. Meredith   play
  10. We Three Kings, Hopkins/Dobrinski   play
  11. Coventry Carol, arr. Dobrinski   play
  12. Troika, Op. 60 (from Lieutenant Kije Suite), Prokofiev/Wagner   play
  13. Christmas Song, Torme/Wells/Wagner   play
  14. Two French Carols: 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime/Whence Comes this Rush of Wings Afar?, arr. Groves   play
  15. Catalonian Carol (Lo Decembre Congelat), arr. Seemann   play
  16. Silent Night (Silent Night), Gruber/Garee   play
  17. Panis Angelicus (with flute), Franck/Meredith   play
  18. White Christmas, Berlin/Dobrinski   play
  19. Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine (Joseph Liebe, Joseph Mein), arr. Allured   play
  20. Christmas Postcard (A seasonal quodlibet), Ludtke   play

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