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Roderick Elms: Festive Frolic - A Celebration of Christmas

Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570793
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Roderick Elms’ Christmas music ranges from charming and witty arrangements of well-loved traditional carols to new settings and festive orchestral pieces written for this very special season. The charm and immediate appeal of his music has been captivating audiences across the country for many years and this selection represents some of his most popular works, together with a few new ones such as the spectacular suite Wassail Down the Wind for organ and orchestra.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,November 2007

Having for twenty years taken the annual chore of selecting music for the Christmas Carol Concert in one of the UK’s largest concert halls, I soon discovered the lamentable lack of suitable ‘symphonic’ material. I would have welcomed these highly attractive original works and carol settings from the multi-talented British musician, Roderick Elms, his carols dressed in trendy orchestral colours. The short brassy Fanfare da Festa gives the disc its lift-off and from therein it is pure pleasure, the Joyful Company of Singers mixing sophistication with the vigour many of the carols require. I hope Bach and other composers not credited in the heading will not be offended, as Elms is the main ingredient, even turning Sleepers Awake into a jazzy little



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