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Rejoice: A String Quartet Christmas [Import]

Arturo Delmoni & Friends Audio CD
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1. Joy To The World
2. The First Noel
3. Adeste Fideles
4. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
5. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
6. Silent Night
7. Angels From Realms Of Glory
8. Away In A Manger
9. Gaudeamus
10. Deck The Halls
11. Es is ein Ros' entsprungen
12. Angels We Have Heard On HIgh
13. Good King Wenceslas
14. The Goldne Carol
15. Here We Go A-Wassailing
16. Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella
17. The Holly And The Ivy
18. What Child Is This?
19. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
20. Coventry Carol
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There are, unfortunately, only a handful of truly great holiday CDs for lovers of instrumental classical music. Here's one of them. Violinists Arturo Delmoni and Alexander Romanul join violist Katherine Murdock and cellist Nathaniel Rosen on a blissfully sublime disc of holiday favorites. In addition to the usual suspects ("Joy to the World," "It Came upon a Midnight Clear," "Silent Night"), the string quartet throws some lesser-heard gems into the mix: "The Holly and the Ivy," a hauntingly gorgeous interpretation of "Veni, veni, Emmanuel," and the contemporary chorale piece "Gaudeamus," arranged here for string quartet by composer Antony Hopkins. Throughout, the playing is near perfect, with none of the marketing gloss or sentimental gimmicks found in many holiday CDs. Recorded under audiophile standards, the sound is impeccable and warm. A treat. --Jason Verlinde

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classical Christmas Classic Dec 10 2003
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When the first String Quartet Christmas CD was released a few years ago, it did not immediately catch my attention, until I was stuck in a major traffic jam a few days before Christmas. WCRB, a classical music station in Boston, often plays what they call "classic clusters" of short relaxing classical pieces and one was a holiday cluster with music from this disk. This particular cluster had selections from this CD. Though horns were honking from impatient drivers behind me, I felt relaxed while listening to this soothing music. I later purchased the recording knowing that it would become a favorite part of my Christmas collection.
The concept of this collection is not all that complex. Christmas carols are arranged for string quartet. Most of the arrangements sound like Christmas music of the great classical composers. It makes for wonderful background music for more sophisticated Christmas get together, or a relaxing collection to listen to at the end of a busy day preparing for the holidays. Ideally I imagine a person putting a few logs on the fire, turning down the lights, putting the disc in the player, and simply enjoying the melodious music of the holiday season.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CLOSE INTIMATE SOUND, POOR PHRASING Jan. 2 2001
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I listen to music very intently, like it is rarely in the background... just to be there. I find that this CD (REJOICE! A STRING QUARTET CHRISTMAS) may be suitable as low and soft background music, but it lacks in overall interest, especially the phrasing. The recorded sound is very good and close. The idea is a new one, and quite refreshing as a concept. But when you listen to the continuous music, you get a sense of boredom that sets in. There seems to be some element lacking, maybe a distant bell here and there or a choir in the distance. The program is quite varied, with melodies ranging from JOY TO THE WORLD (opening number) to O SANCTISSIMA (next to last). And speaking of the opening number, I found it to be too quickly or randomly played. This is music that I have heard many times before and it requires a high degree of perfection. For this collection, 4 stars. I have heard better, though not necessarily from a small ensemble.
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I am an audiophile (with over 3,000 CD's in my collection) who has seen Christmas CD's come and Christmas CD's go. This CD is without a doubt absolutely the best small ensemble (string quartet in this case) Christmas CD (or record or tape) I've ever heard. I take that back. It's one of the best Christmas CD's I've ever heard. Period. Combine a workmanlike performance with just the right amount of feeling and the result is, to use the old but so appropriate cliche, absolutely delightful. The sound quality is state-of-the-art. The ultimate compliments are I have ordered this as a stocking stuffer for my daughter and I will order volumes 2 and 3 as soon as I finish this review!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Christmas Jan. 13 2001
Format:Audio CD
I heard selections from this CD played on WCRB, Boston's classical music station. Unlike alot of Christmas music out there which is loud, flashy, and overly ornamented, the selections on this album are simple, quiet, classic. This is certainly an instance where "less is more." This is the kind of album where you will start off just listening, and find yourself singing with it before it is through. It is contemplative and quietly joyful, and the perfect antidote for holiday stress. This is the musical equivalent of sitting before the glowing embers of a fireplace and finding for yourself a blissful moment of peace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hark!!!!! Sept. 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
Tired of the same old Xmas caroles sung by the same singers I decided to try something a little different. Being a chamber music fan and finding this CD at a book store I purchased it having recognized the name John Marks.This was the best thing I did all year.I listen to this CD all year long. Summer, Spring, Winter and Fall.The artistry of the players is extraordinary as is the sound.5 Stars for each.I did not buy this CD,I invested in it.The dow falls and the music soars.
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