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Frankincense & Myrrh

by Julie Larson

Everyone hunts that special Christmas CD. But can an album truly sound like what we FEEL in Fall and Winter? Yes it can. Come hear some of the world's most familiar music. Ah, but fresh. Reborn. In stunning, lilting, thundering orchestral splendor...
Genre: Classical: Orchestral
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1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (prelude)
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2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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3. Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming
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4. Joy to the World
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5. Away in a Manger
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6. We Three Kings
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7. Hark the Herald Angels Sing / Angels We Have Heard On High
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8. What Child is This?
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9. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
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10. The First Noel
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11. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
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12. Silent Night
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
So, the dog gallups in! He grabs and chomps his squeaky toy, shakes it side-to-side like the silly yellow thing was fighting back. Whip! Grrrrr! He slings it against the wall. By accident? To get attention? Maybe. But when you do look at the toy... it's become a fine watch.

OK. That's way strange. But there is something going on in this music that's hard to put in words. How does a little tune that no one worries about, like "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," become a full-on, soaring ANTHEM that makes you put down what you're reading and look at your speakers? Suddenly, here's a soundtrack for Mel Gibson playing the lead.

Like some kind of magic, Julie has the abililty to tease the grandeur and emotion out of any melody, even pieces you never cared a whit about. And when the music already *has* elegance and drama, like so many Christmas tunes, look out!

Julie would tell you it's the Spirit of God. And she's right. Here's a Christmas CD that God has wrought. This is music that's just perfect played quietly with a fire crackling in the fireplace. But when you turn it up, doesn't matter how good your system is, there's almost no keeping up. Resounding joy at the coming of Messiah is just HUGE in this music.

In her trademark cinematic style, Julie has taken your favorite Christmas tunes and cranked the emotion knob to 10. Could well become your favorite Christmas album, the perfect background support to any glad holiday party (except that guests will stop and ask "what IS this?"). But at some point, do turn it up! With instrumentation about a mile deep, louder play will let you hear what's happening all over the concert stage.

If you would like to hear God glorified in a new way, but with ancient favorite music, sign up right now. Mystic bag pipes. Thundering timpani. Lilting strings. Haunting woods. Soaring power. It's not like Christmas is boring, but WOW, will this music add to your joy!

If you prefer instant electronic delivery, all of Julie's CDs are available at Apple's iTunes Music Store.

About the Artist

Julie Larson is a composer and orchestrator. She studied piano at the University of Texas at Austin and received her degree in music composition from the Thorton School of Music, University of Southern California at Los Angeles.

She was composer-in-residence for the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra for six years and has received grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Texas Composers' Forum, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ms. Larson has composed three symphonies and pieces for a variety of chamber ensembles. For eight years, she produced, directed and scored numerous award-winning videos, including an award winner at the prestigious New York Film Festival.

At present, Julie is writing music based on the melodies of traditional hymns. Her new music is cinematic in style -- movie music -- and the unsung words to the hymns are the dramatic inspiration.

"My goals are simple. This music is written about the glory of God, and my desire is to glorify God with it."


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Keith and Lisa Abke

Close your eyes and open your heart and listen to a wonderful CD
One of the most wonderful CD's we have heard in many years. My husband and I listen to the CD over and over. I close my eyes and just listen to the most gracious music ever recorded. You can almost see every instrument as it is being played.It touches the heart and warms the soul. It feels like we are sitting in the front row.

Thank you so very much Mrs. Larson,

Wendy

The best Christmas CD I have ever purchased.
I first heard this cd when Julie's husband was conducting a seminar on the Bethleham Star. It was playing in the background. I had to have it. This is by far the best Christmas CD I have ever purchased. Some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard!! This year all my friends are getting it for a Christmas Gift.

Darnly Motter

Absolutely awe inspiring!!
This has quickly become my favorite Christmas CD. The music takes me to worship so easily. Everyone who has been here and hears it playing asks what music it is. Thanks for using your gift to bring glory to our Creator.

Jannie Ernst

Ageless Music!
I heard this CD on one of Rick's Bethlehem Star presentations. I had to have it. I will never regret buying it. The orchestration is excellent, the arrangements out of this world! Thank you, Julie! GREAT JOB!

M E Campbell

Perfect!
Absolutely wonderful. I am so pleased than I have this in my collection. It's a Christmas CD that makes the music fresh and stirring, emotionally and intellectually.

Dave C.

At the top of our Christmas CD favorites
Great listening, powerful arrangements, a must for the serious collector of the Season's best musical offerings. Thank you Julie for such a great compilation showcasing your talents.

Melinda Hambrick

This CD absolutely mesmerized and enchanted my children!
We bought your Christmas CD and this morning I put it on for my kids to hear. They are little - my daughter is almost 4 years old and my son is 18 months. I wanted to tell you that immediately after the CD began to play, they were overcome with joy. They began to dance together around the room with their little arms outstretched. I wish you could have seen the delight on their faces. It seemed to me to epitomize the spirit of the music, and the joy inherent in it's message. It was one of those moments in time I wanted to freeze into my memory forever. Thank you so much for allowing the Spirit to guide you in the arrangement of these wonderful old hymns. They are refreshingly beautiful and worshipful.

Julie

Great Instrumental Christmas Music
I'm not usually a big Christmas music fan, but I had no problems making an exception for this wonderful CD...
Pick up a copy and Enjoy!