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Pops Christmas Party

  • 1. Christmas Festival, A
    2. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 1a, Act 1 - Miniature Overture
    3. Holiday Inn: White Christmas
    4. Sleigh Ride
    5. Winter Wonderland
    6. Parade der Zinnsoldaten, Op. 123
    7. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12a, Act 2 - Spanish Dance "Chocolate"
    8. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12b, Act 2 - Arabian Dance "Coffee"
    9. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12c, Act 2 - Chinese Dance "Tea"
    10. toy trumpet, The
    11. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12d, Act 2 - Russian Dance "Trepak"
    12. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12e, Act 2 - Dance of the Flutes "Toy Trumpets"
    13. Hnsel und Gretel: Dream pantomime
    14. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12f, Act 2 - Mother Gigogne and the Clowns
    15. German Dances (3), K 605: no 3 in C major "Sleigh ride"
    16. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 13, Act 2 - Waltz of the Flowers
    17. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14a, Act 2 - Pas de deux
    18. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14c, Act 2 - Variation II, Sugar-Plum Fairy and Coda
    19. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
    20. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 15, Act 2 - Final Waltz and Apotheosis
    21. Santa Claus is comin' to town
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 61685

  • Credits
    ProducerRichard Mohr; John Pfeiffer; John Pfeiffer (Reissue)
    EngineerLewis Layton; Thomas MacCluskey; John Crawford

    Personnel: Alfred Krips (violin); Al Hirt (trumpet).
    Audio Remasterer: Thomas MacCluskey.
    Liner Note Author: Robert A. Simon.
    Recording information: Symphony Hall, Boston, MA.
    Arrangers: Gould; Mason .
    When it originally appeared in 1959, this LP was regarded as one of the sonic gems in the RCA Victor "Living Stereo" library, a demonstration-quality stereo record that was also chock-full of supremely enjoyable music, from Leroy Anderson to Tchaikovsky. And original "Shaded Dog" label copies (referring to the early masterings/pressings, and the image of "Nipper" the dog on the label) in mint condition are still highly prized by audiophiles 50 years later. The repertory here, a mix of light orchestral holiday standards, arrangements of popular Christmas songs, and some excerpts from more ambitious classical works (especially The Nutcracker), was ideal for Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, and they ran with it -- Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" is the most famous recording here, a classic that is almost as ubiquitous during the Christmas season as Bing Crosby's recording of "White Christmas." But there's a lot else to love on this album, including "A Christmas Festival," Anderson's arrangement of familiar songs and carols ("Joy to the World" etc.) as an orchestral fantasia, plus "White Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland." Some of the material may seem to go far afield, but it's all winter-themed and holds together exceptionally well. The 1994 CD reissue was expanded to just over 72 minutes, and offers exceptionally bright, crisp sound. ~ Bruce Eder

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