Holiday Pops

Holiday Pops

by Keith Lockhart



Triumphant and joyous is the sound of Kieth Lockhart and his orchestra when listening to this very festive collection of shimmering holiday tunes. The music itself can really attract even the mild grinch-like listener and make one feel warm and welcome, such as walking in the heart of a crystaline wintry landscape. It is here that you will find intricately woven arrangements worthy of several playbacks near the home's cozy fireplace. Strike the matches and light the candles, prepare the marshmallows for a slow roast while enjoying the charming "Tomorrow Is My Dancing Day," a feast of Wassail tunes spanning five centuries. Be prepared to receive many blessings with the vibrant "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" arrangement, permeating the work of English composer Ralph Vaughn Williams, dating from 1912. "The Shepard's Chorus" is an uplifting masterpiece valiant in spirit, displaying the touch and grace of Hector Berlioz, who composed this medley just to pass the time at a dull party. The music solely reminded Berlioz of a "primitive, pastoral mysticism." Perhaps the most commercially appealing track of this collection is the heartwarming yet frigid aura of Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here," here sung by the Performing Artists at Lincoln School. A legendary jazz artist in his own right, Sammy Nestico puts together a wonderful arrangement, as Lockhart and the Pops play a swinging rendition of "Good Wenceslas." Such a youthful and exuberant chorus at heart prances along, merrily singing the candid "Sleigh Ride." Again, just to reiterate, these tunes are meant for all Christmas lovers, and should be listened to in light of the season, either actively or casually, at a dance party or sitting by the fire.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/1998
Label: Rca
UPC: 0090266325221
catalogNumber: 63252

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Lockhart   Primary Artist,Conductor
Robert "Bootsie" Barnes   Viola
Boston Pops Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
James Cooke   Violin
Pat Hollenbeck   Percussion
Michael Leonard   Saxophone
Jonathan Menkis   Horn
Valerie Kuchment   Violin
Sarah Roth   Violin
Cynthia Cummings   Violin
Elita Kang   Violin
Lucia Lin   Violin
Norman Bolter   Trombone
Frank Epstein   Percussion
Jonathan Miller   Cello
Fred Buda   Percussion
Timothy Genis   Timpani
Si Jing Huang   Violin
Ronald Knudsen   Violin
Ronan Lefkowitz   Violin
Joel Moerschel   Cello
Elizabeth Ostling   Flute
Alexander Romanul   Violin
Jay Wadenpfuhl   Horn
Chester Schmitz   Tuba
Thomas Smith   Trumpet
James Orleans   Bass
Richard Ranti   Bassoon
Bob Winter   Piano,Keyboards
Lawrence Wolfe   Bass
Andrew Pearce   Cello
Darren Acosta   Trombone
Amnon Levy   Violin
Alfred Schneider   Violin
Ann Hobson Pilot   Harp
Aza Raykhtsaum   Violin
Douglas Yeo   Bass Trombone
Tanglewood Festival Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Bo-Youp Hwang   Violin
Owen Young   Cello
Michael Zaretsky   Viola
Greg Vitale   Violin
John Wilkins   Guitar
Brynn Albanese   Violin
Mark Henry   Bass,Bass Guitar
Tamara Smirnova   Violin,Concert Master
Rachel Fagerburg   Viola
Edward Gazouleas   Viola
Gregg Henegar   Contrabassoon
Marc Jeanneret   Viola
Luis Leguia   Cello
Kazuko Matsusaka   Viola
John Salkowski   Bass
Robert Sheena   English Horn
Michael Monaghan   Saxophone
Martha Babcock   Cello
Gottfried Wilfinger   Violin
Keisuke Wakao   Oboe
Kelly Barr   Violin
Bonnie Bewick   Violin
Nancy Bracken   Violin
James David Christie   Organ
Joseph Conte   Violin
Geralyn Coticone   Piccolo
Tatiana Dimitriades   Violin
Jennifer Elowitch   Violin
Ronald Feldman   Cello
Sheila Fiekowsky   Violin
Burton Fine   Viola
Thomas Gauger   Percussion
Marianne Gedigian   Flute
Roland Small   Bassoon
Bruce Hall   Trumpet
Joseph Holt   Bass
J. William Hudgins   Percussion
Daniel Katzen   Horn
Sato Knudsen   Cello
Thomas Martin   Clarinet
Joseph McGauley   Violin
Ronald Lowry   Cello
James Nova   Trombone
Peter Chapman   Trumpet
John Oliver   Conductor,Choir Master
Thomas Rolfs   Trumpet
Mark Oswald   Baritone (Vocal)
Performing Artists at Lincoln School   Ensemble
Richard Mackey   Horn
Scott Andrews   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Leslie Bricusse   Text
Alexander Courage   Arranger
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Oscar Hammerstein   Text
Pat Hollenbeck   Arranger
Jay Livingston   Composer
Shawn Murphy   Producer,Engineer
Sammy Nestico   Arranger
Mitchell Parish   Text
Michael Starobin   Arranger
Jule Styne   Text
George Wyle   Composer
Angela Morley   Arranger
Bruce Creditor   Personnel Manager
Lee Mendelson   Text
Keith Lockhart   Liner Notes
Jack Rollins   Text
Jester Hairston   Composer
Lawrence Goldberg   Choir Arrangement
Traditional   Composer
Edward Pola   Composer,Text
Johanna Hill Simpson   Artistic Director
John Oliver   Director
Steve Nelson   Composer
Ray Evens   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer

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Holiday Pops 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best collection of holiday music out there. It has pieces that are commonly heard and ones that are not so common. If you are only going to have one CD that has Holiday music on it this should be the one because it covers such a broad spectrum of music.