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The Spirit of Christmas

by Pittsburgh Symphony Brass

Whether it's "Mahler 5th" or "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," these players are white hot, the best on compact disc. - Jim Cunningham, WQED Pittsburgh
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Golden Bells
1:19 album only
2. The First Noel - (Traditional)
1:59 album only
3. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
1:47 album only
4. Take Me To Christmas Past (Marvin Hamlisch, Craig Carnelia))
3:30 album only
5. O Come, O Come, Emanuel
5:56 album only
6. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
2:40 album only
7. Wassail Song (Traditional)
1:00 album only
8. O Little Town of Bethlehem (Traditional)
1:52 album only
9. Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella
1:26 album only
10. J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Jauchzet, Frohlocket
8:01 album only
11. Coventry Carol, Lully - Lullay (Traditional)
1:14 album only
12. Corpus Christi Carol (Benjamin Britten)
2:54 album only
13. J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Finale
3:21 album only
14. Away In A Manger (Traditional)
1:30 album only
15. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Traditional)
1:26 album only
16. O Tannenbaum (Traditional)
1:14 album only
17. Angels We Have Heard On High (Traditional)
1:53 album only
18. O Come All Ye Faithful
3:02 album only
19. Chocolate - Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
1:20 album only
20. Hallelujah Chorus - Handel: Messiah
3:36 album only
21. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane
2:30 album only


Album Notes
Pittsburgh Symphony Brass

Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
The Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, led by Grammy Award winner George Vosburgh, was organized in 1994 with an emphasis on featuring some of the world's finest orchestral brass musicians playing in chamber ensemble. The result has been a unique blend of virtuosity with brilliant sonority usually associated with orchestral brass. The ensemble endeavors to stretch the limitations of performance and explore a wide range of musical expression rarely achieved in brass music. The Pittsburgh Symphony Brass are George Vosburgh (trumpet), Neal Berntsen (trumpet), William Caballero (french horn), Peter Sullivan (tenor trombone), Murray Crewe (bass trombone), and Eric Bubacz (tuba).

George Vosburgh - trumpet
The Pittsburgh Symphony Brass is led by celebrated soloist and lecturer George Vosburgh.
In 1987 George won the Grammy Award for Best New Classical Artist. He is internationally acclaimed for his virtuosity on the trumpet in recordings, concerts, and recitals. After his tenure as the youngest member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's world famous brass section under the late Sir George Solti, Vosburgh joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 1992.

With renowned Chicago producer Arnie Roth at the helm, A Christmas Concert (FW 3017) was recorded by the group in the East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh in July, 2000. In December of that year, "it took over the town" to quote one of the members of the sales staff at the Symphony gift store Curtain Call, which sold over 1,800 units at its one location. The album became the top selling Christmas album in the Pittsburgh market, crossing over from "classical" to out sell all other seasonal CDs, including rock, pop, urban, and country. The group's follow up 2003 Holiday album The Spirit of Christmas (FW 3022) has become the group's top selling release to date.

With concert performances, TV appearances, press coverage, in-store appearances, and saturated airplay from legendary radio station WQED, this ensemble of world class musicians has gained a very large following that is spreading throughout the Midwest, and the rest of the country.

"Bach: The Art of Fugue" by the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (FW 3008)



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