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Comfort and Joy

by Kerstin Allvin & Jeffery Zook

Comfort and Joy evokes sounds of the Holiday and winter season with these special arrangements for flute and harp. Here is a representation of pieces the performers feel best capture the sounds, emotions and feelings of the winter holiday season.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Holly and the Ivy
2:46 $0.99
2. Comfort and Joy
3:53 $0.99
3. L'arlesienne Suite No. 2, Op. 23: I. Pastorale (Winter Walk)
2:07 $0.99
4. Christmas Concerto in C Minor, Op. 6, No. 8: II. Allegro
2:51 $0.99
5. Christmas Concerto in C Minor, Op. 6, No. 8: III. Adagio
1:29 $0.99
6. Christmas Concerto in C Minor, Op. 6, No. 8: IV. Vivace
1:01 $0.99
7. Christmas Concerto in C Minor, Op. 6, No. 8: V. Allegro
2:28 $0.99
8. Spanish Carol: a La Nanita Nana
2:08 $0.99
9. We Three Kings/deck the Halls
3:50 $0.99
10. L'enfance Du Christ, Op. 25: Scene Ii. Trio Des Ismaelites
6:05 $0.99
11. Christmas Oratorio, Bwv 248: Pastorale
5:45 $0.99
12. Short Fantasy On a Catalan Carol
1:17 $0.99
13. Short Fantasy On a Basque Carol
1:38 $0.99
14. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
2:31 $0.99
15. I Wonder As I Wander
2:53 $0.99
16. Impressions of Childhood
3:44 $0.99
17. Variations Pastorales On An Old Carol
8:06 $0.99
18. Joseph Went A'walking
1:53 $0.99
19. Christmas Images
5:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
COMFORT & JOY conjures the hope, spirit and magic of the winter season with holiday favorites such as "Holly and the Ivy," "What Child is This?" as well as music by Bizet, Berlioz, Corelli and others that evokes feelings of the winter months. Detroit musicians Kerstin Allvin and Jeff Zook arranged many of the selections and these innovative tracks are brought to life with the help of their friends in the Michigan classical and jazz music community.

From the press:

Zook's resonant flute tone and suave phrasing melt lovingly
inside Allvin's clearly articulated harp. David Taylor's percussion adds color and oomph, and several of Zook's colleagues from the Detroit Symphony join in on Arcangelo Corelli's gentle Christmas Concerto. The overall mood is relaxed and peaceful, and it's to the duo's credit that the music reduces holiday stress without inducing a somnolent stupor.
Mark Strkyer - Free Press

For the spirit of the season couched in first-class musicianship, look no further than this animated, yet elegant, program of duets. Allvin, harpist with the Flint Symphony, and Zook, who plays in the Detroit Symphony, offer 19 carols and classical selections in tasteful arrangements warmly recorded.
Lawrence Johnson - Detroit News

Kerstin Allvin has won numerous awards and competitions and has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall and at the historic Carmel Mission in California. She toured Japan as a soloist, giving concerts at the prestigious Suntory
Hall in Tokyo and was invited to play the inaugural concerts at Nogi City's new concert hall, and for Toyota City's Sister City Association. She has been featured soloist with the Toyota, Ohmiya City, Pontiac-Oakland,
Flint,Warren, Adrian Symphonies and the Lyric Chamber Ensemble of Detroit. She released a compact disc of original material entitled "Origins" on JBX
Records which received national airplay, securing a position at number five in the Jazz/New Age category in "JAZZIZ" magazine. She has also released a
classical solo compact disc with music of Rota, Bach, Debussy, Tournier and Hartway. Miss Allvin was guest Principal Harpist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on their European tour in October 2001 and also at the Detroit
Symphony's summer home, Meadow Brook Music Festival in 2000. Her latest CD "An Affair with the Harp" is being released in January, 2004.

Jeffery Zook has been a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra flute section since 1992 and has served on the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music and Oakland University. Mr. Zook has been a prizewinner in many competitions, including the National Concerto Competition sponsored by General Motors, the William Byrd National Concerto Competition, the National Flute Association Young Artists Competition and the National Endowment for the Advancement of the Arts' Recognition and Talent Search. He was guest piccoloist with the
Boston Symphony on a tour of Japan under conductor Seigi Ozawa. He made his solo debut with the Detroit Symphony in 1982, and once again soloed with DSO in June, 2003 in a concert featuring Vivaldi's Piccolo Concerto in C. Mr. Zook, along with DSO flutist Sharon Sparrow have founded the Detroit Flute Connection, a monthly flute class in the Detroit area.



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Mike Seiler

We really enjoyed this CD. It is a true work of art!

Ruth Brosig

Creative & fresh approach to Christmas music
Creative arrangements of standard Christmas carols and a few carols & classical pieces that are seldom played. Comfort & Joy (#2) is especially inventive, combining the standard carol with Le Tambourin. My favorite is #18, Joseph Went A'Walking, which I had never heard before. Zook's flute performance is especially fine. If you're looking for a fresh & beautiful approach to Christmas music, this is it!

Karen Anderson

Comfort and Joy
I really enjoy listening to this CD. My first love is classical music but holiday music is also special to me. The flute and harp combination creates just beautiful music. It was both interesting and relaxing. A number one CD.

Dawne Wilson

Very refreshing and masterful . . .
This CD is refreshingly creative and masterfully done. The arrangements are lovely, and the artist's playing and musicianship are inspiring. A wonderful addition to my Christmas music collection!!