Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Leroy Anderson
Sleigh Ride
A Christmas Festival
Suite of Carols for Brass Choir
Suite of Carols for String Orchestra
Suite of Carols for Woodwind Ensemble
Leroy Anderson and His Orchestra

Boston Pops
Arthur Fiedler

Recording dates not advised
CD No: Decca 986 3813
Duration: 50 minutes
Reviewed: November 2006
A short-measure compilation, but having Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) conducting his four Christmas confections adds considerable value: all the old favourites are present, somewhere, and in very skilled arrangements. Arthur Fiedler leads a brilliant Boston account of Sleigh Ride: a light-music gem. He gets stereo sound, but Anderson’s mono is just fine. A very pleasing release – to bring comfort and joy!

 

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