Chuck Cape | In The Spirit Of Christmas II

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In The Spirit Of Christmas II

by Chuck Cape

Holiday songs, performed on solo piano (ala George Winston, Jim Brickman and Liz Story), that fully embrace the Joys and Spirit of the Christmas season.
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1. Deck the Halls
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2. Swirls
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3. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
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4. O Holy Night
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5. Simple Gifts
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6. Hymn for the Appalachians
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7. Sussex Carol
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8. In the Bleak Midwinter
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9. Sharon's Gift
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10. Gesu Bambino
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11. Home for Christmas
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12. Once in Royal David's City
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13. Silent Night
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
From an anonymous author, circa 1949:

“Christmas does something quite miraculous to most of us. We may go to bed the night before weary of crowds and rush and dozens of last-minute chores, and fed up with the whole business. And then we arise on the day itself to find ourselves transformed almost as remarkably as Scrooge was, and without any ghostly assistance.

If we have small children we find that we love them, even though they wakened us at dawn. The sense of family unity becomes something to be newly cherished. We greet our friends with uncritical affection. Our hearts go out to all our fellow men, and we wish them well.

We do not do these things because we are compelled to or because tradition says we ought to. We do them simply because the spirit of Christmas is upon us. Peace and good will, familiar words of the Christmas story, suddenly become positive and meaningful.

The good will recedes, the peace is disturbed, and we go back to the strivings and the differences of everyday life. But the spirit of Christmas does not disappear. It is forever part of us.”

With that said, I leave this offering to you… In The Spirit Of Christmas.

- Chuck
From his new CD, "In The Spirit Of Christmas II"


And here's what the critics are saying about Chuck:

"His piano sounds like a one-man symphony in celebration of this most joyous time. His music, which shines like a light in a forest of Christmas trees, is powerful as is his message...Highly recommended.” - RJ Lannan - ZoneMusicReporter.com

"..reminds me of George Winston, but with a bit more muscle and a dollop of unbridled joy. I doubt that I have ever heard a musician play with more passion–thank you for this lovely gift!" - Carol Swanson - ChristmasReviews.com

"...this is a pianist of no small ability or technique...sure to liven up an evening at home or a celebration with friends.!" - Kathy Parson - MainlyPiano.com

" George Winston’s December has been my all-time favorite piano CD. In the Spirit of Christmas belongs right next to it and if I keep listening to it, it may even surpass George on my Christmas instrumental favorites list. Cape has painted musical decorations and a snowfall of notes that fill any room with the joy and wonder of Christmas" - Jonathan Gilbert - "The Biggerness"



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"In the Spirit of Christmas II" is the solo piano follow-up to Chuck Cape’s 2010 debut, "In the Spirit of Christmas." In the same vein as his first album, this is a collection of thirteen traditional and original songs of the season, updated and given a variety of treatments from soft and gentle to exuberant and joyful. Cape is a very accomplished pianist who seems to be comfortable with many different musical styles and genres, giving the album plenty of variety. Conversely, if you are looking for a full album of quiet piano music, this one probably won’t work. Most of the songs are on the peaceful, reflective side, but a few are very “big” and showy. I like the variety and Cape did a great job of selecting the playing order of the songs, giving the album a really good flow.

"In the Spirit of Christmas II" begins with a rousing arrangement of “Deck the Halls.” Big, bold, and full of fun, this is an exciting opening! “Swirls” is the first of the originals. Gentle, smooth, and very graceful, it reminds me of watching effortless ice skaters gliding across a rink or frozen lake. I’ve heard and played some funky arrangements of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” but Cape’s version tops them all! Crank up the volume and let it rattle the windows! Over the past several years, it seems like “O Holy Night” has been getting quieter and quieter, in large contrast to the passionate, dramatic versions I grew up with. Cape’s arrangement has a bit of both, becoming more powerful as it evolves. “Simple Gifts” isn’t very simple in this spirited and effervescent version - a great arrangement! “Hymn For the Appalachians” is a favorite. Slow and soulful, it has the feel of a folk song fleshed out just enough to make it a full and elegant piano solo. “Sussex Carol” is lively and very joyful - almost dancelike. “In the Bleak Midwinter” seems to have become a favorite of many instrumental artists, and Cape’s version is delicate in some parts and bold in others - a very enjoyable interpretation. “Home For Christmas” is a beautiful ballad overflowing with sincere emotions and sentimental memories - another favorite. “Once In Royal David’s City” cranks it up again with a lively rhythm and a “joyful noise” that spins and dances with delight. “Silent Night” becomes very still, gentle, and delicate, telling its story with reverence and a spirit of peace. Beautiful!

"In the Spirit of Christmas II" is a really nice addition to anyone’s Christmas music collection. Check it out!