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Distinctive instrumental interpretations of traditional holiday songs from around the world. Includes God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Deck the Halls; We Three Kings; Good King Wenceslas; Stille Nacht; Coventry Carol , and more.
Depending on your point of view, Christmas is either a quaint sonic time capsule extracted from the mid-1980s or a timeless holiday classic. The first in what has become an ongoing series of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas recordings, this CD has sold millions, which seems to indicate that it is everything its advertising claims it to be: "America's favorite Christmas music." The powerfully successful Mannheim Steamroller formula, conceived by group mastermind Chip Davis, involves a blend of Renaissance-flavored moods and instrumentation (strings, harpsichord, flute, French horn) intertwined with polite pop instrumental music. At times, the analog synthesizers used in this 1984 recording sound dated and a little cheesy, particularly on "Deck the Halls" and "Good King Wenceslas." But it is a forgivable offense since live instruments and the earnest but ersatz medieval atmosphere they evoke dominate 8 of the 11 tracks. As pleasant and soothing as a Willard Scott birthday wish, Christmas does offer one selection that truly merits "classic" status: the reverent, prayerful, slow-motion interpretation of "Silent Night" ("Stille Nacht") for piano and strings that closes the album--a beautiful and heart-touching work. This selection alone makes this album worth owning. --Terry Wood
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2001 holiday album from Chip Davis and his mates in Mannheim Steamroller.
Chip Davis's Mannheim Steamroller hasn't lost any ground in the six years since their last Yuletide offering. Christmas Extraordinare is another innovative and heartfelt collection of seasonal treasures played on a combination of 18th-century instruments and modern-day synthesizers, drums, and electric guitars. While not the first to marry different ages of musical instruments, Davis and his cohorts use them with imagination and an intensity that gives new life and drama to this rather inert genre. For material, Mannheim Steamroller asked their fans to choose their favorite holiday selections and vote on their Web site. The results of the poll are a fine mix of old and new--with slightly more emphasis on the modern--ranging from the bracing "Fum, Fum, Fum," a traditional Catalan carol, to Tchaikovsky's "Faeries" from The Nutcracker. Mannheim Steamroller imbues this beloved song with an almost militaristic edge, grounding it with an ominous tuba that gives the usually fey "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies" an edgy tension. "Winter Wonderland" is a spectacular work, bordering on prog rock, as if Emerson, Lake & Palmer had re-formed to whip up a winter blizzard gone amok. While most of the Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas albums are largely instrumental, Davis has employed the considerable talents of University of Michigan's Glee Club to sing on "O Tannenbaum," respectfully fading their elegant, full vocals around the pristine voice of Johnny Mathis, elevating this German carol to a cinematic peak. Don't miss out on the clever liner notes, which give the reader a whimsical, anecdotal history of the 12 songs. --Jaan Uhelszki
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|The Most Relaxing Classical Music in the Universe
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The Most Relaxing Classical Music in The Universe, the 1st 2-CD set in the & Most Relaxing, series features some of the most well known classical pieces of all time, including Canon in D, Clair De Lune, Fur Elise, Ave Marie, Moonlight Sonata, Adagio for Strings, Greensleeves, and More! Perfect for the casual music listener, this collection features nearly 2 hours of music to study, read and relax at home with. Purchase a copy now and sooth your soul with the the Most Relaxing Classical Music in the Universe!
|And Winter Came
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Twenty years after her landmark
Watermark album, Enya's seventh
studio disc, 'And Winter Came' continues a phenomenally successful career that has included more than 70 million albums sold worldwide. 'And Winter Came' is an enchanting evocation of the changing landscape of winter as well as the festive cheer of the holidays. One of the most successful female artists of all-time, and second only to U2 as the biggest selling Irish artist in history, Enya brings her beguiling and ethereal music to bear on the darkest and yet most hopeful season with 'And Winter Came'.
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|A Windham Hill Christmas
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The songs are familiar carols, but A Windham Hill Christmas retains the Windham Hill Winter Solstice series tradition of unusual arrangements and performances that evoke the mood of the season, especially if your take on that mood is a Northeast, snow-covered landscape, like that depicted on the Hallmark card-like cover. The usual bevy of Windham Hill sampler artists are all here, but it's some of the secondary cast that give the most innovative performances. Tracy Silverman & Thea Suits reinvent "Silent Night." With his pizzicato-delay violin, Silverman lays down a 6/8 rhythm while abstracting the familiar hymn across his bowed violin and Suits's flute, turning it into an ethereal instrumental chorale. Barbara Higbie re-ignites "In Dulci Jubilo" as a Celtic reel, overdubbing herself on piano, violin, Celtic harp and synthesizer. And W.G. Snuffy Walden lays some rustic acoustic guitar across a chamber reading of "The First Noel." There's a few clunkers, notably George Winston inflicting his Vince Guaraldi infatuation on us again; Jim Brickman with a rote reading of "O Holy Night"; and an uncharacteristically saccharine arrangement of "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" by the usually sublime Tim Story. But Mom and Dad will like them, and they serve to highlight the inventiveness of the rest of A Windham Hill Christmas, which is nostalgic and atmospheric at the same time. --John Diliberto
|CHRISTMAS 25TH ANNIVERSARY
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2009 two CD holiday collection celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the very first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album: the one that started the phenomenon! This double CD set features 25 tracks hand-picked by Chip Davis from the previous Christmas albums: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (1984), A Fresh Aire Christmas (1988), Christmas In The Aire (1995), Christmas Extraordinaire (2001), Christmas Song (2007) and Christmasville (2008).
|A Fresh Aire Christmas
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Brand: Mannheim Steamroller
1988 holiday release from Chip Davis and his Mannheim Steamroller mates.
|Quietly, A Piano Album – Instrumental album From the creators of Scripture Lullabies
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HOLIDAY SPECIAL! For a limited time, Save when you buy more than one CD! Mix and match any of the CDs from Scripture Lullabies. The more you buy, the more you save!
• 10% off when you purchase 2 or more CDs
• 15% when you purchase 5 or more CDs
• 20% when you purchase 10 or more CDs
Discount automatically applied at checkout! Complete your own collection or get your Christmas shopping done early!
Volume III explores new depths in God's Word with a journey through the life of Jesus Christ. A profound
From Jay Stocker, the best selling composer who brought you the "Hidden In My Heart" series; comes a new instrumental series of beautiful, cinematic arrangements to whisk you away on a journey of soothing peace and tranquility.
"Quietly" is a gentle call to break away from the daily noise. It's a call to slow down and give peace its due… A call to steal away to a place where God speaks to us - and we hear Him. It's in this place that we find peace beyond measure, and strength that endures… as we take time to listen, wait and wonder - quietly."
Giving You The Gift Of Peace… After a busy day or a stressful time, "Quietly" sets the stage for perfect peace; peace we all long for and so desparately need. There's no better way to unwind and relax than to fill your home with this beautiful, incredibly peaceful music. If you loved the peace and tranquility of the "Hidden In My Heart," series from Scripture Lullabies, you’ll enjoy Quietly every bit as much for:
- Quiet time or prayer
- Stress and Anxiety reduction
- Beautiful background music for your home
… This is the stillness and quiet your soul longs for. Order Now.
- From the creators of Scripture Lullabies
- The most peaceful Piano music on the planet
- Hidden In My Heart: A Lullaby Journey Through Scripture
- Hidden in My Heart, Volume III, A Lullaby Journey Through The Life Of Jesus
- Hidden In My Heart, Volume II, A Lullaby Journey Through Scripture
- Tranquil Guitar CD - Soothing Music For Relaxation, Meditation and Sleep -
- Solo Journey - The most relaxing piano CD in the world
- Timeless: The Most Relaxing Classical Piano Music Ever - Perfect Gifts for Mom, Dad, Grandma, Kids
- Love's River: Calming Music, Soothing Music, Background Music, Dinner Music, New Age Music, Spa Music, Yoga Music, Relaxing Piano Music, Meditation Music
- Love Divine: inspirational sacred album by pianist Mulder & London Symphony Orchestra (As the deer, Abide with me, It is well, Amazing Grace, Sanctus, and others).
- Relaxing Piano Music by Rahn - Peaceful, Soothing, & Passionate - Find Your Inner Peace
- Beyond Dreams - Pathways to Deep Relaxation
|The Very Best Of Enya
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Enya's elusive combination of classical inspiration, Celtic atmosphere and pop sensibility is evident throughout 'The Very Best Of' as it revisits some of the most exemplary moments from an astonishing career. From her world-conquering international breakthrough 'Orinoco Flow' to the sad serenity of 'Only Time' that was adopted as a comforting anthem of hope in the face of 9/11, 'The Very Best Of' captures Enya's most beautiful work to date.
- The Very Best Of Enya encapsulates highlights from Enya's entire career
- New Age ambiance from Irish musician, who has sold millions of albums
- Features her favorite songs including Orinoco Flow and more
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