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Exquisite collection of Christmas Music from Lyrichord Discs. Rave reviews!
“These are new digital recordings of a beautifully preserved 1929 Haines Brothers Ampico reproducing grand piano…
I have often heard pianists and organists improvise and chain together groups of songs and hymns. I am familiar with some of the greatest notated songs arrangements, like the Gershwin Songbook. I am also somewhat in awe of those who can do this with all the panache and fresh originality required to keep things interesting. The selections here are mostly inventive medleys of Christmas songs (and some standards of the period). There are also a number of single pieces, like Pietro Yon's 'Gesu Bambino' played by the composer as a piano solo. Pieces like Fritz Kreisler's 'Toy Soldier's March' seem to capture the essence of what Christmas music was all about back in the 1920s. If you are familiar with and enjoy that era and style, then this is a must for your holiday listening pleasure.”
American Record Guide
"Fortunately this arrived for review as the Seasonal festivities began and I was able to enjoy an hour's worth of 1920s Ampico pleasure, snuggling by the fireside...I enjoyed the well-researched notes. The transfers are digital using a 1929 Haines Brothers Ampico reproducing piano owned by collector Thomas Venturella....[an] enjoyable and unabashed collection."