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Christmas Sleigh Ride

by Mantovani

Return with us now to that magical musical holiday season where our memories and dreams never end.
Genre: Holiday: Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Medley: Sleigh Ride / Jingle Bells / Christmas Song / Winter Wonderland
5:05 $0.99
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
2:23 $0.99
3. The Holy and the Ivy
2:51 $0.99
4. Greensleeves
3:07 $0.99
5. Ding Dong Merrily on High
4:44 $0.99
6. Silent Night
2:00 $0.99
7. Good King Wenceslas
2:13 $0.99
8. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings
3:43 $0.99
9. Sleeping Beauty Waltz
4:51 $0.99
10. Medley: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring / O Tannenbaum / Hark! the Herald Angels Sing / Panis Angelicus
9:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
Imagine your Christmas sleigh ride through a beautiful Winter Wonderland … with sounds of pastoral woodwinds and inspirational cascading strings … combining traditional Christmas melodies and the richness of the full Mantovani Orchestra.

Return with us now to that magical musical holiday season where our memories and dreams never end.

Annunzio Paolo Mantovani was born in Venice, Italy, into a musical family. His father, Bismarck, served as the concertmaster of La Scala opera house's orchestra in Milan, under the baton of Arturo Toscanini. The family moved to England in 1912, where young Annunzio studied at Trinity College of Music in London. After graduation, he formed his own orchestra and played in and around Birmingham. He married Winifred Moss in 1934, and they had two children: Kenneth (born 12 July 1935) and Paula Irene (born 11 April 1939). By the time World War II broke out, his orchestra was one of the most popular British dance bands, both on BBC radio broadcasts and in live performances.

He was also musical director for a large number of musicals and other plays, including Noël Coward's Pacific 1860 (1946) and Vivian Ellis's musical setting of J. B. Fagan's And So to Bed (1951). After the war, he concentrated on recording, and eventually gave up live performance altogether. He worked with arranger and composer Ronald "Ronnie" Binge, who developed the "cascading strings" effect (also known as the "Mantovani sound"). His records were regularly used for demonstration purposes in stores selling stereo equipment since they were produced and arranged for a maximum stereo experience. He became the first person to sell a million stereophonic records. In 1952, Binge ceased to arrange for Mantovani but the distinctive sound of the orchestra remained.

Mantovani recorded for Decca until the mid 1950s, and then for London Records also owned by the Decca Company. He recorded in excess of 50 albums on that label, many of which were Top 40 hits. His single tracks included "The Song from Moulin Rouge", which reached Number One in the UK Singles Chart in 1953; "Cara Mia" (with him and his orchestra backing David Whitfield) in 1954; "Around the World" in 1957; and "Main Theme from Exodus (Ari's Theme)" in 1960.

The book British Hit Singles & Albums states that he was "Britain's most successful album act before the Beatles ... the first act to sell over one million stereo albums and six albums simultaneously in the US Top 30 in 1959".

Enjoy your musical sleigh ride with Mantovani.

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