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Christmas With Handbells

  • Adolphe-Charles Adam: Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night"
  • Franz Xaver Gruber: Silent Night
  • George Frideric Handel: Suite for Harpsichord in G minor, HWV 432 #6, Passacaglia
  • Gustav Holst: In the bleak mid-winter
  • John Jacob Niles: I wonder as I wander
  • Lowell Mason: Joy to the World
  • Mykola Leontovich: Carol of the Bells
  • Traditional:
  • We wish you a merry Christmas
  • Angels we have heard on high
  • March of the Kings
  • Masters in this hall
  • Of the Father's love begotten
  • What child is this?
Columba Ringers/Br. Raymond F. Reinsant
Guild GMCD7234 46m DDD
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I still retain a nostalgic Christmas LP in my collection titled "Organ and Chimes" and this wonderful disc replaces that well worn record with some delightful arrangements. There are the usual favourites such as "Joy to the World", "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night" but one can also revel in such rare pieces as Leontovich"s "Ukranian Bell Carol" or Bizet"s "March of the Kings".

My only qualms with this otherwise splendidly produced record is the short playing time which clocks in at only just over three quarters of an hour. However such is the intensity of the Columba Ringers under their trusty Bro Reinsant that the music almost goes by at too much speed! A delightful alternative to the usual choral pieces that are dished out at leisure for this time of the year.

Copyright © 2003, Gerald Fenech