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Christmas Symphony

Christmas Symphony

by Mannheim Steamroller Mannheim Steamroller


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It just wouldn't feel like a proper Christmas without something new from Mannheim Steamroller to ring in the yuletide cheer. American Gramaphone's Christmas Symphony collects familiar Steamroller holiday classics and expands them with the help of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Listeners looking for something new from the popular new age-pop/classical crossover/electro-prog outfit may come away from the project a tad disappointed, as the 16 featured tracks are essentially just orchestral versions (with electronic and percussive flourishes) of previous Christmas offerings like "Deck the Halls," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Stille Nacht," and "Carol of the Birds," but the increased presence of more organic textures does manage to liven up some of the more dated-sounding keyboard patches and unnecessary drum fills, resulting in a solid, if still a bit corny, collection of seasonal splendor that's been updated for the 21st century.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2011
Label: American Gramaphone
UPC: 0012805301220
catalogNumber: 30122
Rank: 25775


  1. Deck the Halls
  2. Greensleeves
  3. Little Drummer Boy
  4. The Holly and the Ivy
  5. Cantique de Noël
  6. Hark! the Herald Trumpets Sing Fanfare
  7. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
  8. Gagliarda
  9. In Dulci Jubilo
  10. Wassail, Wassail
  11. Carol of the Birds
  12. I Saw Three Ships
  13. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  14. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  15. Angels We Have Heard On High
  16. Stille Nacht

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mannheim Steamroller   Primary Artist
Jackson Berkey   Piano,Harpsichord
Ron Cooley   Acoustic Guitar,Lute
Chip Davis   Recorder
Arnie Roth   Violin
David Kappy   French Horn
Russ Knutson   Percussion
Ed Kocher   Trombone
Norman Schweikert   French Horn
Judy Stone   Cello
Charles Vernon   Trombone
George Vosburgh   Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet
Doug Waddell   Percussion
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Barbara Butler   Piccolo Trumpet
Rex Martin   Tuba
Jeff Handley   Percussion,Timpani
Jonathan Boen   French Horn
Evan Rea   Piano

Technical Credits

Chip Davis   Arranger,Executive Producer,Cover Design,Creation
Arnie Roth   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Eric Roth   Arranger,Programming,Orchestration
Cenda Kotzmann   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Chris Szuberla   Programming
James Taylor   Cover Design
Mathew Prock   Engineer
Stepen Baum   Engineer
Jeanne Johnson   Layout

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