Michael Barry and Friends | A Classic Christmas

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A Classic Christmas

by Michael Barry and Friends

Classic Christmas favorites tastefully arranged for guitar, cello, flute and violin
Genre: Holiday: Moods
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  Song Share Time Download
1. O Christmas Tree
1:52 FREE
2. The First Noel
3:14 FREE
3. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
3:23 FREE
4. Angels We Have Heard On High
1:46 $0.99
5. O Holy Night
4:53 $0.99
6. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
3:05 $0.99
7. Deck The Hall
2:46 $0.99
8. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
2:55 $0.99
9. Greensleeves
2:52 $0.99
10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4:39 $0.99
11. Christmas Time Is Here
3:57 $0.99
12. Linus And Lucy
3:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
A Classic Christmas is a special collection of music inspired by memories of Christmas' past.

The selections I chose to arrange for this recording represent the music that most readily comes to mind when I think about Christmas.

I found myself drawn to the pieces that had both some classical elements and some emotional content that related to my own feelings about Christmas.

Although not exactly a Christmas carol, I just had to include Linus and Lucy, from "A Charlie Brown Christmas", since nothing better captures the childhood exuberance of Christmas than the scene of the Peanuts gang dancing around the piano in the middle of rehearsing their Christmas play.

For the most part, I have tried to make the arrangements peaceful and elegant, never opting for complexity when simplicity seemed to convey the proper mood.

I hope you will enjoy these pieces as a part of your Christmas celebration for many years to come.

Thanks for listening.



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WOW! Another home run from Michael Barry and Friends.
While buying Night Wheel from Michael Barry and Friends, I was checking out other releases from Laughing Buddha and, since it is December, had to play a song or two from A Classic Christmas. WOW! Another home run from Michael Barry and Friends. This music is beautiful. I was going to say that the arrangements perfectly capture the spirit of Christmas but realized that what happens is that the music invokes and releases that precious spirit. Which, especially in these troubled times, is a really good thing. Salud Michael Barry and Friends!

Rex Niswander

Shopping for a CD of beautiful Christmas music? This is it.
Since Mike Barry released his Christmas CD in 2000, it has become my default choice when I need to buy a Christmas present that is useful, tasteful and under $20.

It's a great gift because it's a great CD. A good selection of pieces -- old and new, serious and playful -- an interesting variety of instrumention, sophisticated arrangements, superb musicianship. In short, it's good music.

Put it on your player, put a log on the fire -- Christmas time is here.


Favorite Holiday CD
A perfect holiday music collection! So many overplayed holiday albums quickly lose appeal, but not this one! Excellent selection of pieces. Beautiful instrumentation and arrangements. Perfectly envelops you in the spirit of the season! Gentle, yet joyful and warm. This one will never lose appeal. An instant favorite holiday CD!

Patricia L. Souza

A Classic Christmas
For holiday music lovers, a must!

Captures the spirit and magic of Christmas.
While browsing CDBaby one day, I came upon Michael's album and absently gave a listen to his version of Linus and Lucy; my favorite Vince Guaraldi song. I instantly had to smile ... that warm, funny, feel-good anticipation we used to have as children each year watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was back. The beloved characters came to life in this song, and I was instantly a kid again - happy and joyous; amazing ...with the flick of a mouse, all the years slipped away. A musician myself, this is now my favorite Christmas CD. Give it "a listen" as I did. Your Christmas will be merrier, and your heart will be lighter.