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Noel Lester, with RoseAnn Lester, Marie Lester, David Lester | A Family Christmas

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A Family Christmas

by Noel Lester, with RoseAnn Lester, Marie Lester, David Lester

Classical and traditional.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. Prelude in C/Ave Maria--Bach/Gounod
Noel Lester and guests
4:48 album only
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2. Sheep May Safely Graze--Bach, arr. Howe
Noel Lester and guests
4:37 album only
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3. The Virgin's Slumber Song--Reger
Noel Lester and guests
2:16 album only
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4. Adagio from Winter Concerto--Vivaldi
Noel Lester and guests
2:14 album only
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5. Gesu Bambino--Yon
Noel Lester and guests
4:56 album only
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6. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen as a Rondo--S. Wesley
Noel Lester and guests
6:21 album only
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7. Silent Night--traditional
Noel Lester and guests
4:18 album only
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8. By the Hearth--Tchaikovsky
Noel Lester and guests
3:12 album only
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9. I Wonder As I Wander--arr. Wayne L. Wold
Noel Lester and guests
4:34 album only
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10. Christmas Tree Waltz--Rebikoff
Noel Lester and guests
2:26 album only
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11. Two Christmas Carols--Homer Carhart
Noel Lester and guests
1:56 album only
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12. Greensleeves/What Child Is This?--traditional
Noel Lester and guests
2:53 album only
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13. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--narration
Noel Lester and guests
0:26 album only
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14. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--Christmas Eve--Reneicke
Noel Lester and guests
2:27 album only
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15. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--narration
Noel Lester and guests
0:28 album only
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16. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--Godfather Drosselmeyer's Autom
Noel Lester and guests
1:15 album only
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17. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--narration
Noel Lester and guests
0:16 album only
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18. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--Godfather Drosselmeyer's Clock
Noel Lester and guests
1:06 album only
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19. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--narration
Noel Lester and guests
0:16 album only
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20. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--Beat the March, Trusty Squire
Noel Lester and guests
0:51 album only
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21. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--narration
Noel Lester and guests
0:38 album only
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22. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--Battle Piece
Noel Lester and guests
4:17 album only
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23. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--narration
Noel Lester and guests
0:19 album only
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24. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--Shepherd Ballet
Noel Lester and guests
5:14 album only
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25. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--narration
Noel Lester and guests
0:24 album only
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26. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--Barcarole
Noel Lester and guests
1:27 album only
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27. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--narration
Noel Lester and guests
0:14 album only
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28. The Nutcracker and the Mouseking--Wedding March
Noel Lester and guests
3:28 album only
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29. Go Tell It On the Mountain--arr. Wayne L. Wold
Noel Lester and guests
3:12 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This Christmas CD is a celebration of family in that nearly all of the musicians are from one family! Concert pianist Noel Lester is joined by his wife, violinist and violist RoseAnn Markow Lester, his 21-year-old daughter, soprano, Marie Lester, and his son, 17-year-old guitarist and drummer David Lester, to perform a number of holday favorites. Several are arranged especially for the Lesters for this CD. They are even joined by Lester's father, as the Grandfather reading a story to young children on Christmas Eve. The art was designed by Lester's brother, Charlie, a graphic artist based in Los Angeles. In addition, his colleague Mary Beth Pearce, a pianist who teaches with him at Hood College, joins him on the piano duets. It is a joyous and uplifting celebration of family and Christmas.

Visit Noel Lester's website at www.hood.edu/academic/music/noel

"Armed only with his piano, Dr. Lester can whip out a lot of holiday sound. But this year he brought his whole family! The Lesters concoct a family treat richer than eggnog and more beautiful than the perfect poinsettias. This is an extremely ambitious holiday offering. It features a number of excellent, yet seldom heard works, while at the same time being among the most accessible CDs I have heard in many years. I recommend this CD for all listeners." Richard Banks, www.christmasreviews.com

(to read the entire review, go to christmasreviews.com)

"Virtuoso pianist Noel Lester and clan constitute Frederick's First Family of classical music. This musical power group recently came together...as consummate musical professionals to create Lester's third compact disc for the Christmas season, "A Family Christmas with the Lesters," on RWYA Recordings. Lester, who is a master at creating unusual and diverting programs, collected repertoire for this album that would recreate the experience of a nineteenth-century family concert on Christmas Eve. The selections are not meant for studious listening as much as to present an echo of Christmas past, in which families gathered around the parlor piano for some devotional music making." Jan Holly, The Gazette (MD)

"beautiful classical music presented by a truly talented family. This generous album...covers considerable ground and everything is played with passion, elegance and style. Favorite tracks...include the exotic, introspective "I Wonder As I Wander" with its intensely lovely violin/piano dialogue periodically yielding to Marie Lester's sweet soprano. 'A Family Christmas With the Lesters'is a first-rate family experience." Carol Swanson, www.christmasreviews.com (to read the entire review, go to the website)

"Noel Lester's third holiday CD favors classical music. Family members really do sing and play on this disc, reminding me of those 19th century music rooms in historic mansions where you can easily imagine family gathered around the piano to make music rather than just hear it." Gerry Grzyb, The Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent.

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Claire Hewett

A wonderful addition to any Christmas collection
This CD is perfect to listen to while gathered around the fire with family and friends. Favorites include "Silent Night" on the guitar and the festive "Go Tell it on the Mountain" with an exciting drum line enthusiastically executed by David Lester and an extaordinary high note from soprano Marie Lester to end it with a "bang". Violin and piano come together beautifully on "Ave Maria". The narraration between the Nutcracker duets adds a special holiday touch with a very grandfatherly-sounding voice telling the story as if speaking to a group of children gathered around him. This is a holiday must for anyone who enjoys classical music or just good Christmas music in general!
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Sweetie Edwards

Just a Housewife
This beautiful CD of such a talented family takes me back to days of yore when I was a youngster and my family would gather around the piano to sing hymns and carols. I enjoyed every minute of this CD!
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wit79


If you want to hear an angel sing to you this Christmas, listen to Marie Lester.
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Margaret Callis

The Best
My land, this is a wonderful album. My husband and I even listen to in in the summer as we work around the house. This is one talented family!
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Eileen Watts

One of the sweetest Christmas CDs I've ever heard!
I have greatly enjoyed Noel Lester's first two Christmas CDs, so I was delighted when I heard there was another. "A Lester Family Christmas" is as excellent as the other two, but has the added treat of family members joining with him. The music -- an eclectic selection with something for everyone -- is wonderfully, tenderly performed. This is a must-have for anyone who loves beautiful Christmas music!
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kewldood

Groovy dude
an entire family of hotties...especially the daddy...woo woo
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Off The Record.org

What we've all been yearning for!
Finally, a Christmas CD that's not either inundated with sleigh bells or so stuffy as to make the tree wilt. The Lesters have achieved a nice balance here, and the "unknown" selections (e.g. Waltz from "The Christmas Tree") are a great bonus. Highly recommend!
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