Noel Lester | A Christmas Fantasy

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A Christmas Fantasy

by Noel Lester

Traditional carols arranged for the concert pianist by Jeanine Yeager. A sort of cross between New Age and Classical.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. Joy to the World
3:32 album only
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2. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
4:24 album only
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3. Deck the Halls
2:00 album only
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4. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
2:37 album only
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5. Pat-a-Pan
1:43 album only
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6. In a Manger
1:21 album only
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7. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
1:46 album only
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8. O Come, All Ye Faithful
2:39 album only
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9. Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella
1:56 album only
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10. The First Noel
3:59 album only
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11. Angels We Have Heard On High
4:28 album only
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12. Silent Night
1:27 album only
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13. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
2:32 album only
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14. The Boar's Head Carol
2:48 album only
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15. I Wonder As I Wander
4:21 album only
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16. The Holly and the Ivy
3:33 album only
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17. Away in a Manger
2:08 album only
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18. Carol of the Bells
2:39 album only
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19. Coventry Carol
3:03 album only
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20. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
3:07 album only
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21. O Little Town of Bethlehem
3:52 album only
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22. Lullaby, My Little Son
1:21 album only
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23. In Dulci Jubilo
3:59 album only
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24. We Three Kings
3:29 album only
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25. Good King Wenceslas
3:36 album only
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26. What Child Is This?
3:01 album only
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27. Jingle Bells
2:46 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Noel Lester is a concert pianist based in Frederick, Maryland. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, to critical acclaim. A prolific recording artist, he has specialized in American music, including ragtime, and he has two Christmas CDs. The other CD, "A Classical Christmas," may also be purchased at CDBaby. Visit his website at www.hood.edu/academic/music/noel

"Noel Lester is a superb concert pianist whose fine musical sensitivity shines through his performances of these concert carol arrangements. The listener will be thrilled by his marvelous performance, the effect of which will remain in your heart for a long time." Jeanine Yeager, arranger/composer

"Noel Lester's A Christmas Fantasy is a richly textured and comprehensive treatment of sacred carols and traditional Christmas melodies. Playing Jeanine Yeager's challenging and forthright arrangements, his treaments run the gamut from reverent to merry, from pensive to jolly, from cold, starlit Christmas Eve night to bright, shiny Christmas morning. Lester, a distinguished concert pianist, has put his talent and his soul into these songs. The evidence is in his emotionally nuanced rendering of each song, as well as his obviously adroit play. Heard in foreground or background, Christmas music lovers will enjoy listening to his offering." Richard Banks, www.christmasreviews.com

"Lester...has developed a reputation for exploring unusual corners of the pianist's repertory and mining them for gold. This time he has unearthed a collection that richly deserves a hearing. These arrangements...are uncomplicated in language and rich in substance, with pungent harmonies and luxurious textures. Lester performs them with the finesse and meticulous attention to expressive detail that would be expected from a virtuoso of the first rank." Jan Holly, The Gazette (MD)

"This is the stuff I most want to hear while sitting transfixed by our sparkling Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve. Noel Lester...fills his 78-minute A Christmas Fantasy with truly wonderful arrangements of 27 carols." Gerry Grzyb, The Post-Crescent (Appleton, WI).

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