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Christmas Carols With Auralis

by Auralis

A great orchestral collection of well known traditional Christmas Carols and Songs played by the Garritan Virtual Orchestra.
Genre: Classical: Orchestral
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1. Twelve Days of Christmas
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2. Away in a Manger
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3. Deck the Halls
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4. Once in Royal David's City
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5. Ding Dong Merrily On High
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6. First Nowel
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7. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
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8. While Shepherds Watched
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9. Silent Night
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10. We Three Kings of Orient Are
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11. O Come All Ye Faithful
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Album Notes
Any person listening to this album will be expecting the usual traditional choir arrangements of these old carols, but Auralis has done it differently. He has brilliantly combined the instruments of the orchestra to create a stunning album. When Auralis took on this project and looked at the piano sheet music, he immediately noticed that the melodies were simple, but there was a problem - how to write interesting varied arrangements on tunes that are so short, (some are only sixteen bars in length). The verses repeat the melody over and over again. In this album Auralis solved the problem by writing clever, inovative introductions, accompaniment figures and orchestral scoring techniques that bring out the beauty of these old tunes. He also took into account that the verses are usuallly sung. One example is: 'Silent Night' which is only sixteen bars in length, here Auralis uses a string quartet augmented with woodwinds to create an exquisite beautiful track. In the final track: 'O Come All Ye Faithful' Auralis ends the carol by including a farewell 'quote' from 'Jingle Bells'. I take my Christmas hat off to Auralis, for he is indeed a master arranger as can be heard in this beautifully crafted album. Notes by arranger Peter Jones


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Paul Roberts (USA)

Christmas Carols with Auralis
Just wonderful arrangements of these old carols. I wondered how Auralis could make these old carols, sound different, but he managed it. Well done Auralis you are great.

Peter Lorne

Christmas Carols with Auralis
I am a minister. I was looking for some new albums celebrating Christmas when I came across Auralis' album and was quite taken aback by the brilliance of the innovative orchestations. He lets you hear these old carols in a new way. I will be looking out for more albums from this great arranger/composer in the future. Peter Lorne (Englnd)