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A Christmas Wish

by Lorraine Rousseau & Robert Carlton

A Christmas Wish is an instrumental collection of traditional Christmas Carols with a contemporary sound, featuring the soothing melodic sound of flute and guitar with an ensemble that includes, piano, saxophone, bass, drums and percussion.
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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1. Huron Carol
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2. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
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3. O Holy Night
3:16 $0.99
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4. Carol of the Bells
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5. O Come, All Ye Faithful
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6. The First Noel
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7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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8. What Child is This?
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9. Joy to the World
2:18 $0.99
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10. Angels we Have Heard on High
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11. Silent Night
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12. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
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Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A Christmas Wish has a very unique contemporary sound that features our own original arrangements. After hearing our first CD, It's a Mystery, many of our customers commented that it had such a "unique sound". They requested that they would love to have a Christmas CD with a similar style of instrumental music. So we have created a soothing collection of your favorite holiday classics that feature the melodic sound of flute and guitar with an acoustic ensemble.

For Lorraine Rousseau & Robert Carlton, music has always been a way of life. As husband and wife, they have devoted their lives to composing, performing and recording original instrumental music that is uniquely their own. From their classically trained backgrounds, Rousseau & Carlton create music that showcases the melodic artistry of Lorraine on flute and Robert on guitar accompanied by their world-class acoustic ensemble. Rousseau & Carlton blend classical, smooth jazz, new age, folk and pop influences to create a unique musical style.

Lorraine Rousseau & Robert Carlton have created four critically acclaimed instrumental CDs: It's a Mystery, A Christmas Wish, Acoustic Café and Visionary World.Receiving extensive radio airplay across North America and Europe, Rousseau & Carlton have struck a chord with listeners by creating timeless, lyrical melodies.

In the fall of 2003, Rousseau & Carlton and their artist-owned label, Arrow Records, signed a licensing deal with North Star Records, (Rhode Island, U.S.A) for their CDs - Acoustic Café and A Christmas Wish with Acoustic Café launching North Star Records new series - Melodic Moods.

Maintaining an active touring schedule, Rousseau & Carlton have built a large fan base that is continuing to grow across North America and beyond. Rousseau & Carlton are now poised for even greater recognition with their newest release, Visionary World..

Now living in the Ontario countryside, Lorraine and Robert have many other interests that include: organic gardening (vegetables and flowers), swimming, bicycling, hiking, meditating, skating, tobogganing, trail blazing, art, reading, photography, computers...

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RJ Lannan

These sweet, flowing Christmas melodies will make your holiday cheerful and brig
These sweet, flowing Christmas melodies will make your holiday cheerful and bright. A gentle acoustic ensemble featuring flute and guitar takes traditional tunes and turns them into memorable songs that will stay with you long after the holidays have passed. Lorraine’s dulcet flute dances delightfully with Robert’s acoustic guitar as the music swirls in the air like a Christmas Eve snow flurry.

The best instrumental version of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is on A Christmas Wish. Like a the whisper of a gentle winter wind Lorraine Rousseau’s flute beckons you to cozy up to a warm fire, wrap you hand around a hot drink and gather your beloved family near you.

Robert Carlton’s guitar leads softly on the cut The First Noel. It doesn’t matter if you first heard the song in grammar school or Radio City Music Hall. The rendition will live in your mind and heart throughout the year.

Rating: Excellent
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N. Glenn Perrett

Rousseau and Carlton’s instrumental CD will provide an enjoyable listening exper
A Christmas Wish consists of a collection of traditional Christmas carols performed by Lorraine Rousseau (flute) and Robert Carlton (guitar) along with various other musicians. Whether you’re enjoying a quiet get together with family or friends, a warm cup of cider by the fire or a good book, Rousseau and Carlton’s instrumental CD will provide an enjoyable listening experience.
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Richard Banks

these musicians imbue their work with force and vigor
After a measured introduction, The Huron Carol begins this upbeat musical experience with authority and alacrity, quickly hitting its stride and taking the listener on a lively holiday journey. Robert Carlton's able fretwork sets the pace, and Lorraine Rousseau's flute easily keeps up. I wouldn't have imagined the flute to play a starring role in such an energetic Christmas CD as this. But where Carlton's guitar focuses this vehicle's energy, Rousseau's flute smooths the ride.

I was pleased to see a record that stuck with the classics and played them for all they're worth. Some of the work could be called smooth jazz, but it is so smooth that I almost forgot to label it jazz at all. But for all their smoothness and elegance, these musicians imbue their work with force and vigor. At the same time, I felt that if I were to turn the volume down this music would relax me as much as any new age ambience. This one would play well during those last few days in the office, before the holidays begin, or on Christmas Eve's Eve, when you are wrapping up too many last minute packages. Use the vibrant energy of A Christmas Wish to get ready for the holidays
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Alexander Petrov

the best in the field of new age music
In A Christmas Wish their second album, Rousseau and Carlton decided to give their vision of traditional Christmas carols. This task was not so easy - many brilliant musicians have paid their tribute to beautiful Christmas music. Among them Richard Clayderman, Kenny G and George Winston. Still Rousseau and Carlton brilliantly succeeded in making a new form of presenting traditional Christmas songs. And - here we have another miracle and another mystery. All the compositions, even the most famous ones, such as O Holy Night, What Child is This and Silent Night have obtained a new, very calm, tender and meditational sound - first of all thanks to the magical flute of Lorraine Rousseau and masterly guitar of Robert Carlton. Of course the sound of A Christmas Wish was realized thanks to the perfect help of other musicians ( most of them helped to record Its a Mystery) - Vernon Dorge (alto and soprano saxophone), Scott Alexander (acoustic bass), Brian Leonard (drums, percussion), Howard Baer (orchestrator, midi sound design). In my view, this work can be compared with the best albums released by the famous Windham Hill musicians, and it can be considered one of the best in the field of new age music. Listen to the wonderful meditative music of A Christmas Wish all year round, and Christmas spirit, special feelings and waiting for miracles to come, will always be with you.
The Jazz Magazine, Minsk
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