Paul Bisaccia | Classic Christmas - Jazz Christmas

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Classic Christmas - Jazz Christmas

by Paul Bisaccia

Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker," Mel Torme's Christmas Song, jazz versions of JIngle Bells, Sleigh Ride, rare recording of seldom performed Liszt Christmas Tree Suite. A unique and bountiful collection with something for everyone from piano classics to jazz.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. March, from the Nutcracker Suite Op. 71A
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2. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, from The Nutcracker Suite Op. 71A
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3. Russian Dance, from the Nutcracker Suite Op. 71A
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4. Dance of the Reed Flutes, from The Nutcracker Suite Op. 71A
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5. Waltz of the Flowers, from The Nutcracker Suite Op. 71A
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6. Joy To the World
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7. O Come All Ye Faithful
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8. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
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9. Silent Night
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10. Jingle Bells, (in Homage to Ella)
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11. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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12. Deck the Halls
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13. Up on the Housetop
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14. Sleigh Ride
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15. Jingle Bells
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16. Winter Wonderland
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17. The Christmas Song, (Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire)
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18. Silent Night, (in the snow)
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19. Away in a Manger
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20. Carrol
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21. Carol of the Bells
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22. O Holy Night
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23. Sleigh Ride, from The Seasons
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24. Christmas Waltz, from The Seasons
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25. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
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26. Old Christmas Song, from Christmas Tree Suite, (Weihnachtsbaum)
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27. In dulci jubilo, from Christmas Tree Suite, (Weihnachtsbaum)
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28. Adeste Fidelis, from Christmas Tree Suite, (Weihnachtsbaum)
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29. Scherzoso - Lighting the Tree, from Christmas Tree Suite, (Weihnachtsbaum)
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30. Old Provencal Christmas Song, from Christmas Tree Suite, (Weihnachtsbaum)
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31. Slumber Song, from Christmas Tree Suite, (Weihnachtsbaum)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I’ve always wanted to record a Christmas album, but wondered what repertoire to choose. As you can see, I chose to play both jazz and classical styles in a collection of both the familiar and the seldom heard. We have classics, pop standards, jazz and even boogie-woogie. Many of the classics here are seldom played on the piano, such as the Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite. Liszt’s Christmas Tree Suite, written as a Christmas gift to his granddaughter Daniela, is almost never played. It’s a masterpiece well worth rediscovering. Liszt was a man of deep spiritual convictions and in the slower pieces (such as In dulci jubilo and Slumber Song) the composer achieves a luminous quality unique in piano music.
We have two versions of Sleigh Ride. The famous one by Leroy Anderson is a jazzy uptempo New England sleigh ride. The other (seldom performed) by Tchaikovsky is a magical romantic version of a sleigh ride in a Russian wonderland of snow and ice. Both Leroy Anderson and Tchaikovsky imitate the clip-clop of horses, but in the Tchaikovsky version the snow also begins to fall ever so delicately.
There are two versions of Silent Night – one as the snow falls, and the other filled with evocative jazz chords. There are also two versions of Jingle Bells – one a short homage to Ella Fitzgerald and the other played as a pop standard. Of course everyone loves Mel Torme’s Christmas Song. I can’t help but recall his velvety smooth voice and the lovely sophisticated jazz harmonies he chose for this Christmas standard.
Finally, I included a new Carrol for piano by my good friend Christopher Haynes. He writes that the music is to be played “as if on a journey”. I like to think of it as a reminiscence of a Christmas journey that we all have taken.

Paul Bisaccia
Provincetown, Massachusetts


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