A Leroy Anderson Christmas

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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

Reviewed by: Paul Cherry

Reviewed: November 2006
CD No: Decca 986 3813
Duration: 50 minutes

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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