Janine De Lorenzo | A Classical Christmas Courtship

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A Classical Christmas Courtship

by Janine De Lorenzo

This new album from Janine De Lorenzo features 12 unique solo piano arrangements which are Janine's interpretations of Classical pieces intertwined with traditional Christmas songs and also includes an original composition titled December Snow.
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1. Pachelbel's Canon / Hallelujah
3:57 $0.99
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2. Mozart Sonata / Good King Wenceslas
3:03 $0.99
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3. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring / Joy to the World
3:12 $0.99
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4. Clair De Lune / The First Noel
3:24 $0.99
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5. Air on a G String / Angels We Have Heard on High
3:36 $0.99
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6. Sonatina / Hark the Herald Angels Sing
3:36 $0.99
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7. Nearer My God to Thee / Carol of the Bells
4:11 $0.99
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8. Gymnopedie No. 1 / Deck the Halls
5:09 $0.99
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9. Albinoni's Adagio / We Wish You a Merry Christmas
4:34 $0.99
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10. Prelude in C / When a Child Is Born
3:50 $0.99
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11. Symphony No. 40 / What Child Is This?
3:34 $0.99
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12. December Snow
4:18 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Celebrate the courtship of Classical and Christmas with this new album from Janine De Lorenzo. Featuring 12 unique solo piano arrangements, Janine's interpretations of Classical pieces intertwined with traditional Christmas songs creates two sets of footprints in the snow as they weave together. An original composition titled December Snow is included on the album. Let the peace and tranquility of Janine's solo piano warm you and the ones you love.

Album Notes: With a gathering of friends on a cold Christmas eve in Colorado, the fireplace crackling, the snow gently falling, the lights on the Christmas tree twinkling, this collection of intertwined Classical and Christmas music was born.
I wanted to create and play something unique and special for my audience and the idea of combining a Classical piece along with a Christmas song seemed like the perfect gift for them.
I revisited some of my favorite Classical pieces, and introduced each of them to a Christmas song to see where this courtship would lead them.
Each Classical and Christmas song weaves in and out of the other, as if walking hand in hand leaving two sets of footprints in the snow.
Enjoy the Courtship of Classical and Christmas!

REVIEW:
A Classical Christmas Courtship
Janine De Lorenzo
2018 / Janine De Lorenzo Music
47 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
A Classical Christmas Courtship is the second solo piano release from pianist/composer Janine De Lorenzo following her 2018 debut, I’ll Start in A Minor. A native of Australia, Janine is no newcomer to the music world! Classically-trained from a young age, she has taught music and piano both privately and in classrooms. After accompanying an all-female cabaret-performing group, Janine started composing soundtracks for live theater, films and television. In 2003, she was offered a position with Cirque De Soleil as keyboard player for “KA” at the Las Vegas MGM Grand, a position she held for eight years. Just after being offered the position of Musical Director for a traveling show for Cirque, a devastating fall on ice required Janine to take a year off to heal and to rebuild the strength in her fingers and wrists so she could play again. Janine returned to Cirque and toured with “Amaluna” before deciding to channel her creative passions into her own music. Lucky us!Janine explains the origins of A Classical Christmas Courtship: “I wanted to create and play something unique and special for my audience and the idea of combining a Classical piece along with a Christmas song seemed like the perfect gift for them. I revisited some of my favorite Classical pieces, and introduced each of them to a Christmas song to see where this courtship would lead them. Each Classical and Christmas song weaves in and out of the other, as if walking hand in hand, leaving two sets of footprints in the snow.” The collection includes eleven medleys and one original composition, all played in a peaceful style that will add a calming touch to your holidays. Some of the pairings seemed almost impossible when I saw the list of songs, but they are all beautifully thought out and each is perfect in its own way!The album begins with Pachelbel’s “Canon” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Really? It’s a wonderful combination and Janine plays it in a warm, flowing style that is poignant and heartfelt. Mozart’s “Sonata in C” weaves in and out of “Good King Wenceslas” - light, sweet and totally charming! Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” pairs perfectly with “Joy To the World” - lighthearted and joyful. Another combination that had me scratching my head was Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” and “The First Noel,” but it’s a track that makes me think of a peaceful night with the moon shining on fresh snow - love it! “Nearer My God to Thee” and “Carol of the Bells”??? Both are played very gently and smoothly - absolutely gorgeous! The biggest surprise for me was the combination of Erik Satie’s “Gymnopedie #1” and “Deck the Halls.” “Deck the Halls” is very slow and graceful (like its partner), so you have to listen for it, but the piece is stunning! The album closes with Janine’s own “December Snow,” inspired by watching snow gather and build up in the branches of a tree outside her window. Slow, very open and haunting with a surprise at the end, it’s the perfect closing to a perfect album!A Classical Christmas Courtship will be released on November 29, 2018 and will be available from www.JanineDeLorenzo.com, Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby. This one will be on my Favorites list for the year!
November 18, 2018



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Kathy Parsons

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"A Classical Christmas Courtship" is the second solo piano release from pianist/composer Janine De Lorenzo following her 2018 debut, I’ll Start in A Minor. A native of Australia, Janine is no newcomer to the music world! Classically-trained from a young age, she has taught music and piano both privately and in classrooms. After accompanying an all-female cabaret-performing group, Janine started composing soundtracks for live theater, films and television. In 2003, she was offered a position with Cirque De Soleil as keyboard player for “KA” at the Las Vegas MGM Grand, a position she held for eight years. Just after being offered the position of Musical Director for a traveling show for Cirque, a devastating fall on ice required Janine to take a year off to heal and to rebuild the strength in her fingers and wrists so she could play again. Janine returned to Cirque and toured with “Amaluna” before deciding to channel her creative passions into her own music. Lucky us!

Janine explains the origins of "A Classical Christmas Courtship": “I wanted to create and play something unique and special for my audience and the idea of combining a Classical piece along with a Christmas song seemed like the perfect gift for them. I revisited some of my favorite Classical pieces, and introduced each of them to a Christmas song to see where this courtship would lead them. Each Classical and Christmas song weaves in and out of the other, as if walking hand in hand, leaving two sets of footprints in the snow.” The collection includes eleven medleys and one original composition, all played in a peaceful style that will add a calming touch to your holidays. Some of the pairings seemed almost impossible when I saw the list of songs, but they are all beautifully thought out and each is perfect in its own way!

The album begins with Pachelbel’s “Canon” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Really? It’s a wonderful combination and Janine plays it in a warm, flowing style that is poignant and heartfelt. Mozart’s “Sonata in C” weaves in and out of “Good King Wenceslas” - light, sweet and totally charming! Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” pairs perfectly with “Joy To the World” - lighthearted and joyful. Another combination that had me scratching my head was Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” and “The First Noel,” but it’s a track that makes me think of a peaceful night with the moon shining on fresh snow - love it! “Nearer My God to Thee” and “Carol of the Bells”??? Both are played very gently and smoothly - absolutely gorgeous! The biggest surprise for me was the combination of Erik Satie’s “Gymnopedie #1” and “Deck the Halls.” “Deck the Halls” is very slow and graceful (like its partner), so you have to listen for it, but the piece is stunning! The album closes with Janine’s own “December Snow,” inspired by watching snow gather and build up in the branches of a tree outside her window. Slow, very open and haunting with a surprise at the end, it’s the perfect closing to a perfect album!

This one will be on my Favorites list for the year!
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