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Winter, Snow & Strings

by The Morgan Sisters

A warm and uplifting Holiday presentation, "Winter, Snow & Strings" features violin & vocal performances by the Morgan Sisters in a dynamic reworking of sacred Holiday music.
Genre: Classical: New Age
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1. In the Bleak Midwinter
4:28 album only
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2. Ballulalow (Ceremony of Carols)
4:00 album only
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3. Deck the Halls/Winter mvt. I (Four Seasons)
5:07 album only
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4. Blessed Son of God
4:30 album only
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5. The Holly and the Ivy
4:02 album only
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6. Lullay
3:54 album only
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7. Linden Lea
4:11 album only
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8. There is No Rose (Ceremony of Carols)
4:27 album only
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9. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
3:32 album only
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10. Winter - mvt. II (Four Seasons)
4:37 album only
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11. Coventry Carol
2:52 album only
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12. Carol of the Bells
4:29 album only
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13. Silent Night
5:20 album only

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Album Notes
"Winter, Snow & Strings" is a warm, uplifting musical experience for the Holiday Season, featuring violin and vocal performances by the Morgan Sisters. They are accompanied on most tracks by piano and on the rest by guitar. The sweet, buttery tones of Michele's 1824 French violin stand out beautifully on the solo lines above the deep, rich sound of Melanie's 1684 Dutch instrument on the harmonies and countermelodies. Together in every aspect of their musical expression, the two sisters create the effect on the ear of one violin with eight strings and one heart with two voices. David Vito Gregoli's imaginative contemporary arrangements give a new, dynamic feel to the well known sacred melodies. This unconventional reworking of traditional Holiday fare appeals equally to the listener that is comforted by the familiar and the one that delights in new and exciting musical adventures. This CD ranges from meditative and inspiring to upbeat and energizing, and is always thoroughly delightful!

Artist Bio:
The Morgan Sisters received most of their musical training in Boston and began performing professionally as children, individually and along with an elder sister as the Morgan Sisters Trio. They have been members of various orchestral groups in the Greater Boston and Los Angeles areas. Their career has taken them from smaller venues, such as churches, synagogues & schools to much larger one's, such as UCLA's Royce Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Boston's Symphony Hall. Since relocating to Los Angeles, where Michele-the younger of the two-continued her training at USC, they have spent two decades working together in small ensembles, performing classical, traditional, and original music.

Artists' Statement:
"Working on 'Winter, Snow & Strings' has been a wonderful musical adventure for two Jewish girls! Every winter, when we were children, we lit the menorah and sang "Dreidle, Dreidle, Dreidle." Our only exposure to Christmas music was through television and films, and most of that was popular music written by Jewish songwriters! It was always a treat for us to hear some of the more familiar carols, but though our musical little ears thrilled to the beautiful melodies and transcendent harmonies, alas it was not a part of our own cultural experience. The vast world of sacred church music was one we would only begin to explore as teenage music history students. Now, many years later, it has been our great pleasure to perform and record some of this exquisite musical literature. For us, nothing is more inspiring than music written to celebrate the Divine Presence in our lives. Whatever the religious path may be, the feeling is the same: awe, gratitude and love. Happy Holidays!"
-Michele & Melanie Morgan

Produced by David Vito Gregoli

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DB in San Fernando V

An antidote to holiday season frenzy.
This CD is a wonderful antidote to the frenzied state that is so easily generated during the holidays.
The soothing strains of vocals and violins, the pleasurable interplay in the novel arrangements, and the varied, yet calming pace all combine to produce a unique listening experience.
While this collection would certainly provide welcome background for elegant gatherings, I like to listen to it during those private times when I can create my own mental scenery in which to savor the holiday season.
This music sets the stage for imprinting memories of reverie and quiet bliss. You will see what I mean.
Enjoy!
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Jolene

A different kind of holiday record, good any time of year.
Tired of the same old jingle-jangle? Want to feel wintry and wonderful, without listening to cliches? Then check out the sweetly arranged music of the Morgan Sisters. It will make you think of holly and snow-bound Dickensian evenings, instead of fake trees and crowded shopping malls.
Pretty arrangements from this talented duo!
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