Christmas Spirit Inside. Holiday album of Bel Canto Choir Vilnius

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.

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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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

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