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The Piano Stylings of Earl Wentz: Traditional Christmas Favorites

by Earl Wentz

Acclaimed pianist Earl Wentz brings his inimitable touch to over 50 of your favorite Christmas songs in this two-volume CD.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. I Wonder As I Wander
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2. Long Ago and Far Away
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3. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
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4:15 album only
4. Silent Night
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5. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
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6. Coventry Carol
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7. Baloo, Lammy
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8. Go Tell It On the Mountain
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9. Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
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10. As With Gladness Men of Old
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11. We Three Kings
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12. March of the 3 Kings
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13. Star of the East
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14. O Sanctissima
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15. Cherry Tree Carol
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16. The Holly and the Ivy
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17. Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly
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18. O Christmas Tree!
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19. What Child Is This?
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20. O Little Town of Bethlehem
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21. The First Noel
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22. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
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23. Good Christian Men, Rejoice!
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24. When Christ Was Born of Mary Free
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25. Here We Come A-Wassailing
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26. Jingle Bells
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27. I Saw Three Ships
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28. Once in David's Royal City
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29. Joy to the World
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30. O Come Little Children
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31. O Come All Ye Faithful
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32. Mary Had a Baby
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33. Ave Maria (Schubert)
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34. Ava Maria (Bach-Gounod)
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35. Westminster Carol
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36. Angels From the Realms of Glory
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37. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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38. O Holy Night
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39. He is Born
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40. There's a Song in the Air
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41. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
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42. Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella
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43. Good King Wenceslas
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44. Away in a Manager
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45. He is Sleeping
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46. The Sleep of the Child Jesus
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47. Sleep, Holy Babe
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48. Sing We Now of Christmas
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49. My Sheep Were Grazing
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50. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (Handel)
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51. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (Winchester)
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52. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
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53. Up on the Housetop
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54. Over the River and Through the Wood
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55. Twelve Days of Christmas
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Acclaimed pianist Earl Wentz brings his inimitable touch to over 50 of your favorite Christmas songs in this two-volume CD. You'll hum along and smile as you listen to this accomplished artist as he makes the keyboard come alive on such traditional songs as Silent Night, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Jingle Bells, We Three Kings, Deck the Halls, Joy to the World, and such classics as Ave Maria and O Holy Night.

Over 50 Christmas songs from England, America, Germany, Sweden, Poland, France, and other countries, representing the joyous musical heritage that is Christmas, are included in this special edition CD from Sixpence, Inc. Over two hours of music that will fill you with the spirit of Christmas!

Earl Wentz began his professional career at the age of 12 and his performances—in every medium—have taken him to 48 states. He has worked as pianist, organist, actor, singer, director, conductor, arranger, composer, and teacher. Earl’s credits include guest appearances with the Nashville, Charleston, Glenn Miller, and Jan Garber Orchestras and at such varied venues as the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami, the Greenbrier, and the United Nations.

Currently, in addition to composing and performing, he coaches and teaches vocal technique privately. He is also music and artistic director for the ongoing American Composer Series, which he created in 2000.





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"My absolute favorite new Christmas recording. Unexpectedly delightful. Elegant, sophisticated and wonderfully entertaining. Could be used as background music at a fabulous Chrismas soiree, but what a waste that would be -- Sit and really listen, and you will have a great time."

---James E. Morgan
Producing Artistic Director
The York Theatre Company
New York, NY


"Great playing." "[Earl Wentz's] virtuosic approach...has merit. I especially like the arpeggiated opening figures [in O Holy Night] and the way [Wentz] articulate[s] the melody over those....The arrangement builds well...the dynamic contrasts...are well done..."
---TAXI


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Arlene Boehm


Earl Wentz's Christmas piano music is so refreshing! Definitely NOT the usual sweet and cloying stuff that causes one to turn off the radio around the holidays. His arrangements are unusual and varied--ranging from the hauntingly beautiful to brightly energetic. His Jingle Bells makes me laugh out loud every time I hear it! This CD is a great gift for friends and family--packed with something for everyone, holding the listeners interest 'til the very last tune on the 2nd CD!

Jo-Ann Salata

Not to be "put away" until the holiday season!
It might seem strange to write a review of a Christmas album in the middle of the Summer but, believe me, this CD should not be "put away" until the holiday season! It's tuneful, uplifting, entertaining and just fun to listen to anytime. Wentz is a gifted musician and interpreter. A most worthwhile investment for your music library.

Anna Ewing Bull

I gave this CD to 15 people for XMAS. Because it is MAGICAL.

Jean

Lovely, cheerful music
At family Christmas celebrations it's nice to have music playing in the background, but that doesn't draw so much attention to itself that it interferes wiht conversations. Wentz' beautiful playing doesn't impose itself, yet fills the air with lovely Christmas songs. They're all warmly familiar, but his individual interpretations and easy going approach give them a wonderful freshness

Carol Forbes Scheig,aka,Song of Joy

music should tell stories from your heart, soul and memories
The stories of Christmases past,present and future hold a magic unlike any other season of the year,for they allow for and expect the feeling of hope and love. Traditional Christmas Favorites already IS my choice for that special season of listening joy.

Letitia Scordino

I've finally found good Christmas music and I've been looking for years.
It's very hard to find a Christmas CD that encompasses all that's great about Christmas music and I've finally found it with Earl Wentz's CD.

Sheryl H. Fields

I love Christmas and the holiday spirit
If you love Christmas, this is the CD to have. It is filled with songs that will take you back to your childhood and have you singing, humming along, and dancing with joy. Silent Night, Westminster Carol, Ave Maria and Mary Had a Baby along with others will comfort you and take away stress-filled moments with soothing melodies of calming peace. This CD is not just for Christmas, but for anytime you want to feel the spirit of Christmas in your heart.

Sam Williams

It was just so relaxing
The cd was very relaxing. It was so easy to get carried away by the music. I listen to it on many occasions(non-christmas). Would highly recommend!

Lori Bohn

This is a lovely Christmas CD.
This is a lovely Christmas CD for the holiday season. I especially liked the arrangements of the standard Christmas songs - the introductions caught my attention and I wanted to listen to the rest of the songs!

chris pinney

This CD has everything you're looking for!
Honestly, every carol that you've ever loved is on this CD, and Mr. Wentz is so accomplished. His arrangements run the gamet from incredibly beautiful and soulful to downright hilarious. I thought I would never want to hear The 12 Days of Christmas again, but this redition is so fresh and funny that it became one of my favorites on this CD. It's the kind of CD you can put on for a party, while trimming the tree, baking cookies, or just lying by the fire, and it will get everyone in the holiday spirit. If you want to buy a Christmas CD this year, this should be it. It's all you'll need!
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