Perfect for a quiet evening alone, driving in traffic, or accompaniying an elegant Christmas dinner.
In addition to the 12 Original Concert Improvisations on the Sacred Themes of Christmas, other tracks include the Bach-Gounod "Ave Maria" , Brahms' "Intermezzo in Eb Major", and the Bach-Busoni "Awake the Voice Commands".
> "I received this album as a gift this Christmas. I hadn't heard of the artist or the album before, and my reaction was to mentally roll my eyes and be polite. I let it sit on the shelf now for the last several weeks only to take it out yesterday. Usually when you get Christmas albums as gifts they tend to be a train wreck and you don't even get through the first few tracks before regretting listening to it in the first place. Also, one annoying thing about everyone and their brother arranging and rearranging Christmas music just to bring in revenue is always disheartening to me.
This was a rare occasion where that did not happen. Christmas and Advent are my favorite time of the year and I just revel in the joy that great Christmas music brings.
I am always looking out for that next great album that I might not have heard of. Well, this year it is most certainly this one. There is much on this album to offer those who are most familiar with the standard repertoire of the classical music world and Christmas tunes.
The artist is clearly comfortable choosing his own language to interpret these famous works and record them. I think that is unique and I think he has done a fine job. He is a talented pianist and performer. There is a good dynamic diversity and flow from start to finish which is always appreciated. There is nothing worse than buying one album simply because you like two tracks...The artist also catches my intrigue because he doesn't stray far from the original sounds of the tunes he is using.
I do recommend this album. Give it a try... I give the music and the arrangements five [out of five] stars. I give the audiophile sound quality of the recording about three and a half. If I were to suggest anything it would be to record in a recital hall with great acoustics. In this recording there is a lot of sound being used from very near the instrument. I would like to hear more of the room as well. Just my opinion... Peace" - N. Arden
> "This is a soul-soothing present to the listener. I have never had a CD simultaneously calm, delight, inspire, and comfort me as much as this one has. What an awesome, awesome artist Christopher Finkelmeyer is! And what a great gift this Christmas CD is." - I. Angel
> "If you wish to forget the concerns of the day, aid your meditation efforts, soothe or stir your soul, just listen to pianist Christopher Finkelmeyer's latest Christmas concert improvisations. He takes you on an improvisational classical piano journey that transforms the familiar melodies into new musical images." - Peggy Pugh
> "I received Christopher Finkelmeyer's "Unforgotten Christmas" only a few days before Christmas, after most of the titles on it had long since become part of the background noise of the annual shopping frenzy. But being familiar with Mr. Finkelmeyer's previous two albums, "Passionately Unstuffed" and "Unspoken", I knew this would be one album of Christmas music that would not only be played, but actually listened to.
The familiar themes of the season are evident, but Mr. Finkelmeyer's improvisations make them so fresh that it is like hearing them for the first time. Even more significant, they evoke feelings that might well have been experienced by Christians of old, when a holy day was not merely a holiday.
J. S. Bach, a religious man and no mean improviser himself, would surely approve of what Mr. Finkelmeyer has done with his "Ave Maria" and "Awake the Voice Commands." Finkelmeyer even manages to create something significant from "Away In a Manger" and "Ding Dong Merrily on High" while still capturing the fun.
Like the first two of the projected series of eight "Un-" CDs, this one should inspire a love of real music in a new generation, and it will reawaken an appreciation of these familiar works in even the most jaded listener." - Charles Harris