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Have yourself a merry little Christmas

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In 1944 Hollywood produced one of its most memorable musicals: Meet me in St Louis, starring Judy Garland. With the world embroiled in global conflict this affectionately told tale of a large and idealised family living in St Louis at the time of the city’s hosting of the 1904 World Fair provided a pleasing cinematic escape from current woes and concerns. Not least in the film’s repertoire of nostalgic moments was a paean to the snow scattered Christmases of yore, via the warmly sentimental Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

from notes by David Wishart © 2003

En 1944, Hollywood produisit l’une de ses comédies musicales les plus mémorables, Le Chant du Missouri, avec Judy Garland dans le rôle principal. Alors que le monde était plongé dans un conflit généralisé, ce film racontait avec tendresse l’histoire d’une grande famille idéalisée vivant à St Louis vers 1904, année où cette ville abrita une exposition universelle; c’était pour les spectateurs l’occasion d’échapper, grâce au cinéma, aux calamités et aux soucis d’alors. L’un des moments les plus nostalgiques du répertoire de ce film était un hommage aux Noëls blancs d’autrefois avec la chanson chaleureuse et sentimentale Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

extrait des notes rédigées par David Wishart © 2003
Français: David Ylla-Somers

Im Jahre 1944 brachte Hollywood einen seiner unvergesslichsten Musicalfilme hervor, nämlich Meet Me In St Louis mit Judy Garland in der Hauptrolle. Während die Welt in einen globalen Krieg verwickelt war, brachte diese liebevoll erzählte Geschichte einer großen, idealisierten Familie, die 1904, zur Zeit der dortigen Weltausstellung, in St. Louis lebte, im Kino eine angenehme Ablenkung von aktuellen Sorgen und Leiden. Keineswegs der geringste im Repertoire nostalgischer Momente dieses Films war eine Lobeshymne auf die mit Schnee bepuderten Weihnachtstage der Vergangenheit mittels des herzlich sentimentalen Liedes Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

aus dem Begleittext von David Wishart © 2003
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

Recordings

Christmas Classics
CDHLL7504Download only
On Christmas night
SIGCD386Download only
Rutter: A Christmas Festival
COLCD133Download only
The King's Singers Christmas Songbook
Studio Master: SIGCD459Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Twelve days of Christmas
Studio Master: KGS0017Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Yulefest!
Studio Master: CDA68087Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 9 on CDA68087 [3'08]
Track 13 on CDHLL7504 [3'56] Download only
Track 20 on COLCD133 [3'01] Download only
Track 13 on KGS0017 [2'24] Download only
Track 12 on SIGCD386 [2'55] Download only
Track 15 on SIGCD459 [2'48] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDHLL7504 track 13

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ISRC
GB-XSY-08-00119
Duration
3'56
Recording date
10 June 2003
Recording venue
BBC New Broadcasting House, Manchester, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Christmas Classics (CDHLL7504)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: September 2003
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