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A Christmas Carnival


It’s amazing how much difference a great arrangement can make to a familiar tune. As the principal horn of the Royal Opera, Richard Bissill knows exactly how to write music that orchestras love to play, and you can hear that flair in every bar of A Christmas Carnival. Less a medley of famous carols than a Richard Strauss-like festive tone-poem for full symphony orchestra, Bissill created it in 1986 for his then colleagues in the London Philharmonic—but it never sounds any less sumptuous. It’s one of those Christmas parcels where the wrapping is as fabulous as the gift.

from notes by Richard Bratby © 2016


A Christmas Celebration
Studio Master: CDHLL7545Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for CDHLL7545 track 13

Recording date
21 December 2014
Recording venue
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Steve Portnoi
Recording engineer
Steve Portnoi & Niall Gault
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  1. A Christmas Celebration (CDHLL7545)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: September 2016
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