The Piranesi String Quartet | A Truly Classic Christmas

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A Truly Classic Christmas

by The Piranesi String Quartet

Authentically-rendered Classical- and Baroque-style arrangements of the most celebrated and beloved Christmas favorites.
Genre: Classical: String Quartet
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1. Deck the Halls
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2. O Come All Ye Faithful
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3. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
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4. The Twelve Days of Christmas
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5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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6. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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7. O Little Town of Bethlehem
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8. We Three Kings
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9. Angels We Have Heard on High
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10. O Tannenbaum
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11. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
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12. Joy to the World
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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A published author, composer and music theorist, David Fick (b. 1970) is a native of Tacoma, Washington. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, where he completed both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music composition. His teachers at USC included James Hopkins, Frank Ticheli and Stephen Hartke. While a doctoral student at UCLA, he mentored under David Lefkowitz. His other notable teachers there were Ian Krouse, Roger Bourland and Paul Chihara. At 26, he joined the faculty of USC's Thornton School of Music, where he taught music theory and composition for twelve years. During the mid-1990s, he worked for the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a program annotator.

As a composer, David Fick has had his music performed by the Tacoma Youth Symphony ("Abstractions of Waltz," 1995), the American Youth Symphony ("Dance Prelude," 1996) and the Armadillo String Quartet (". . . the wiry concord that mine ear confounds. . . ." 1998). From 1998 through 2001 he was the composer-in-residence with the Wild Ginger Philharmonic, for whom he composed "allusions/elusions/illusions" (1999), and "Diferencias" (2001).


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Tim Archer

An Outstanding Musical Outing!
A superb musical outing, as sophisticated and authentically rendered as it is fun and lively . And for those of you who have steered clear of "classical" music for fear that it is too high brow, too complicated, or perhaps too boring, then this is the album for you. A Truly Classic Christmas is at once warm and inviting, featuring strong performances from each member of the string quartet. From the opening "Deck the Halls" all the way to the wonderful finale, "Joy To The World," it is apparent that the players and the arranger, David Fick, are at their best. Contrary Motion! Melodies interwoven throughout! Voice Leading! These techniques are rarely used to greater effect than here. It is a pleasure to hear arrangements such as these in today's modern era, and it is a rare experience to hear them written and performed so beautifully.
"Halls" is a breezy jaunt through many contrapuntal variations that never fail to delight. The integrity of the four voices is superb. The arrangement is light and crisp throughout. My only complaint was that there was not more to listen to! "We Three Kings" is another outstanding selection. Descending counter melodies answer the main melody in a somber way that makes the entire piece feel as if it is weeping. The ends of phrases are elongated ever so slightly to accentuate the forlorn aspects of the piece. And then, a slight modulation and we are now listening to a much happier, if still subdued, harmonization of the tune. A wonderful hybrid of the two moods. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" has to be my favorite selection. The group is at its best, executing soaring lines and dynamics with exceptional skill. This arrangement really lets the strings interact throughout. "Gentlemen" has a feeling of perpetual motion, as if its propelling the listener forward to its inevitable conclusion. This, like "We Three Kings," is a fairly dark song (and I tend to like those better :)). This arrangement does a great job of accentuating the darkness and drawing inspiration from its minor tonality, but is never overt. Subtlety is the name of the game. I could go on about each and every track, but I'll let you, the listener, discover them yourself.
David Fick is exceptionally skilled, and while the four voice harmonies are "classically" written, it never feels old or outdated. There is a modern flair to his writing that could keep even the most classically-saturated ears happy. No track should be missed.
Too many Christmas albums come across as trite, or as pieces of over produced fluff. "A Truly Classic Christmas" never does. The result is an album of weight and meaning, an album that anyone would be proud to have in their Christmas music rotation.