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Artist(s) Sutherland, Gavin, Conductor • Prague City Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557099
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Michael Anthony,StarTribune,December 2003

"The always-surprising Naxos label offers familiar Christmas music in big-orchestra garb, taking the CD's title from "A Carol Symphony," by South African composer Victor Hely-Hutchinson. The 1927 piece is said to be the first substantial orchestral work based on Christmas carols. Later works, Bryan Kelly's "Improvisations on Christmas Carols" and Patric Standford's "A Christmas Carol Symphony," are also included, as is the touching "Bethlehem Down," an arrangement for orchestra by Philip Lane of a choral piece by Peter Warlock. The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra led by Gavin Sutherland plays nobly."

Review By Geoffrey Norris,The Daily Telegraph (Australia),December 2002

"Brian Kelly's Improvisations on Christmas Carols, Warlock's Bethlehem Down for string orchestra, Philip Lane's Malcolm Arnold-like Wassail Dances and Patrick Stanford's A Christmas Carol Symphony all manage to steer a course away from the obvious. If you want to be really different this Christmas, this is the disc to choose."


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