Chuck Cape | In the Spirit of Christmas

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In the Spirit of Christmas

by Chuck Cape

An exquisite collection of Christmas carols (some old, some originals) all performed on solo piano. That said, these are not your typical piano arrangements. They are amazingly unique and will definitely get you into the Spirit of Christmas.
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1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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2. The First Noel
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3. Good King Wenceslas
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4. The Remembrance Carol
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5. For the Beauty of the Earth
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6. Ding Dong! Merrily On High
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7. Sing For Joy
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8. Away In A Manger
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9. A Christmas Homecoming
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10. Jingle Bells
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11. The Long Journey Home
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12. Joy To the World
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13. The Wedding Carol
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14. Carol of the Drum
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15. Angels We Have Heard On High
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16. O Come All Ye Faithful
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17. A Winter's Hymn
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Like the little tree on the cover that is similar to, but not exactly like all the other trees, so goes this collection of carols. One might even say that the little tree with the green lights is “In The Spirit Of A Tree”. That is, it has the same essence as a tree, but is different enough to stand apart from the rest of the forest.

That thought was the inspiration for this collection.

Each carol in this collection, while in the spirit of the tunes on which they are based, often deviate from the original form and go to some very unusual places. From memories of Christmas mornings with my girls (“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”), to my own ‘Christmas mornings’ growing up (“The First Noel”), from the view of a snowy mountain scene (“For The Beauty Of The Earth”) to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at their annual Christmas concert (“O Come All Ye Faithful”), all of these arrangements were inspired by scenes from my Christmas seasons past.

And of course, the originals were also inspired by real events in my life and are, somehow, related to Christmas. From the first Christmas after my Mom passed away (“The Remembrance Carol”) to trips home for the Holidays (“A Christmas Homecoming” and “The Long Journey Home”) to the numerous Candlelight services I’ve attended (“A Winter’s Hymn”), each of these songs represent a part of my heritage.

So, I hope that you enjoy this collection as much as I enjoyed working on it. And you will take it in the spirit in which it is given:
In the spirit of Faith
In the spirit of Hope
In the spirit of Love
In The Spirit Of Christmas…

Chuck


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Carol Swanson

Such Joy!
If you enjoy George Winston, this album is for you. Chuck Cape plays with a bit more muscle, and he throws in a generous dollop of joy. These piano instrumental are vibrant; they have definitely brightened my holidays this year. Thank you, Chuck!

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
It seems that the majority of solo piano Christmas CDs that have been released over the past decade or so have promised to be an antidote for the hustle and bustle of the holidays, but Chuck Cape completely embraces the joy and excitement of the season with his debut album of seventeen songs, six of which are originals. Not all of the pieces are joyous and up-tempo, but this album is definitely about the spiritual and personal delights of Christmas, expressed in a mostly classical (as opposed to pop or jazz) style. Don't get me wrong - these arrangements are very contemporary - it's just a classical style that emphasizes the melodies and is not afraid to pull out all of the stops from time to time.

"In The Spirit of Christmas" begins with an arrangement of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" that is both grand and graceful, letting us know right away that this is a pianist of no small ability or technique. I'm not sure I've ever heard such a spirited version of "The First Noel," but it works well as it dances all over the piano keyboard. "Good King Wenceslas" reminds me of Mannheim Steamroller's exuberant carols - big and fast with a sense of fun. "The Remembrance Carol" is the first of the originals. Surprisingly, it's very simple and spare, but it was composed in honor of the first Christmas after Cape's mother passed away. Heartfelt and sincere, it's lovely. "Sing For Joy" is also original, and I'm sure from its hymn-like style it must have lyrics. "Away In A Manger" scales back the excitement for a sweet and gentle lullaby. "Jingle Bells" has a rarely-heard softness about it that is more wistful than carefree. I really like "The Wedding Carol," a delicate yet passionate piece about a very special day. "Carol of the Drum" is the melody for "The Little Drummer Boy," one of the more popular contemporary carols. Keeping a steady rhythm on the piano (as a drummer boy would), Cape keeps the melody simple and uncluttered with a child's innocence. "Angels we Have Heard On High" picks up the tempo and merriment again. "O Come All Ye Faithful" is an enthusiastic invitation to share the joy of the good news with fellow believers. "A Winter's Hymn" closes the set quietly and gently like a prayer for peace.

"In the Spirit of Christmas" is sure to liven up an evening at home or a celebration with friends. The softer songs are intermixed with the jubilant ones, so there is a really nice balance. Check it out!