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Christmas Spirit is mostly created by music. Some melodies have mingled with this holiday season so closely that they have become inseparable from it.

This is a collection of the most beautiful Christmas songs, performed by the Bel Canto Choir Vilnius. Most of them have become symbols of our modern Christmas and New Year celebrations. These popular Christmas songs are joined into a string of great melodies and Gospel compositions – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by H. Martin and R. Blane; Christmas Pipes by B. Graham; spirituals Mary Had a Baby and Jesus, Oh, What a Wonderful Child and others.

This spectacular music firework casts a new light on the “old timers” of the collection – quieter classical sacral songs with profounder traditions – Christmas Peace Canon by J.A. Shafferman, and Shchedrik, a Ukrainian Christmas folk song, which gave birth to the worldwide popular Carol of the Bells.

This Bel Canto Choir Vilnius holiday season collection is embellished with jazz improvisations on Christmas themes, performed by Artūras Anusauskas, one of the best-known Lithuanian jazz pianists.

CD Track Listing

  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    Music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane; arrangement by Mark Hayes
  • Away in a Manger
    Music by William J. Kirkpatrick; arrangement by Bob Chilcott
  • Christmas Pipes
    Music and lyrics by Brendan Graham; arrangement by John Leavitt
  • Remember, O Thou Man
    Music by Bob Chilcott; lyrics by Thomas Ravenscroft
  • Pavane for a Silent Night
    Music by Maurice Ravel; lyrics by Jean Anne Shafferman; arrangement by Patrick M. Liebergen
  • Shchedrik (Carol of the Bells)
    Ukrainian Christmas folk song, arranged by Mykola Leontovych
  • White Christmas
    Piano improvisation by Artūras Anusauskas
    Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
  • Jingle Bells
    Piano improvisation by Artūras Anusauskas
    Music by James Lord Pierpont
  • What a Wonderful Child
    Spirituals, arranged by Larry Shackley
  • Santa Claus is Comin‘ to Town
    Music by J. Fred Coots; lyrics by Haven Gillespie; arrangement by Mac Huff
  • Christmas Peace Canon
    Arrangement by Jean Anne Shaferrman
  • Winter Wonderland of Snow
    Winter Wonderland (music by Felix Bernard; lyrics by Dick Smith) and Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (music by Jules Styne; lyrics by Sammy Cahn). Arrangements by Mark Hayes

 

Soloists and Musicians

Bel Canto Choir Vilnius; Artūras Anusauskas (piano and synthesizer); Jonas Lengvinas (percussion); Viktor Palej (oboe); Lina Dambrauskaitė (soprano vocalist).

Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Bel Canto Choir Vilnius: Artūras Dambrauskas; Choirmasters: Raminta Gocentienė and Simona Vitkauskienė.

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