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Christmastide - Christmas Around the World

by Richard Carr

This journey of Christmas music travels around the world and out of the creative mind of Richard Carr, featuring the lush romantic sound that has become his signature.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Joy to the World
1:38 $0.99
2. Jolly Ole St. Nicholas
1:31 $0.99
3. Mizerna Cicha (Only A Manger Bed)
2:28 $0.99
4. Ave Maria
3:01 $0.99
5. I'll Be Home In Time (Improv)
5:10 $0.99
6. Marching Through Toyland
3:15 $0.99
7. Zezulka z Lesa Vylitla (From Out of the Forest a Cuckoo Flew)
1:36 $0.99
8. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
2:52 $0.99
9. Como Busco el Tierno Infante (As Search the Tender Infant)
2:29 $0.99
10. Following the Star (Improv)
4:30 $0.99
11. Hajej Nynej (Shepherd's Rocking Carol)
2:20 $0.99
12. Sun-Drenched Icicles (Improv)
4:55 $0.99
13. From Heaven Above to the Earth I Came
2:08 $0.99
14. Away in the Manger
2:43 $0.99
15. Stille, Stille, Stille (Still, Still, Still)
2:33 $0.99
16. Drifting Snow (Improv)
6:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
Composer/contemporary pianist Richard Carr, native of St. Louis, Missouri, has returned to St. Louis after the ravaging of the hurricane Katrina of his home in New Orleans.

Carr's approach to creating is one of tapping into the free-flowing consciousness of music, Richard is freely improvising on the spot. There are no sequencing or tracking techniques used during the recording. Everything is recorded in real time without any edits.

In this regard, Richard's music has been favorably compared to Keith Jarrett, George Winston and David Lanz. His concerts are highlighted by his apparent ease at the piano or keyboard and his passionate playing. Most of his audiences are also treated with a new composition or improvisation created on the spot.

Carr's improvisational composition style is full of melodic lines and rich harmonies indicative of the classical influences of the American, Russian and French composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Additionally, more modern influences as diverse as Mannheim Steamroller, Tangerine Dream, John Adams, Keith Jarrett, Cole Porter, Thomas "Fats" Waller, Steve Reich, George Winston, and George Gershwin are also evident.

Christmastide is Richard's third holiday album. Continuing the journey of Christmas music from around the world, Richard makes stops in Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Venezuela as well as the U.S. Familiar classical holiday songs from Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Herbert are also included in this all-acoustic piano album.



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Kathy Parsons

International Christmas Music
“Christmastide” is Richard Carr’s third solo piano holiday album to date. It features a selection of sixteen pieces that are a combination of traditional favorites, more obscure songs (in the USA, anyway), two original compositions, and a couple of Carr’s free-form improvisations. Enough of the songs on this CD are not commonly-known that listeners should be able to enjoy the music year-round. Carr’s approach to recording is to perform in the moment, making few, if any, edits, essentially creating a live recording without an audience of more than one or two. Carr’s longtime recording and mastering engineer, Lenny Bertrand at Tulane University, keeps the piano sound consistent from album to album as well as from track to track.

I’ll start with the familiar songs. The CD opens with “Joy to the World,” and Carr plays it pretty straight, imbuing it with energy and elation. “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” is one of the simplest of the children’s carols, and Carr keeps it sweet and innocent with an improvisation on the third verse. Schubert’s “Ave Maria” is one of the most beautiful and familiar pieces ever composed, and Carr doesn’t embellish much on this arrangement, allowing the piece to speak for itself. “Marching Through Toyland” is a clever medley of Victor Herbert’s “Toyland” and Tchaikovsky’s “March of the Toy Soldiers” from The Nutcracker. “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus” is an old hymn penned by Charles Wesley. The other two commonly-heard traditional carols are “Away In a Manger” and “Still, Still, Still,” and both are arranged simply and effectively. Some of the other songs are traditional Polish, Czech, and Venezuelan pieces that add an international flavor. “I’ll Be Home In Time” is the first improvisation. Reflective and melancholy, I wonder if Carr was thinking of the home he had to leave in New Orleans during Katrina. “Following the Star” is also dark and subdued, and is one of Carr’s loveliest pieces yet. “Sun-Drenched Icicles” sounds much like the title - chilly and sparkling. “Drifting Snow” is the closing improvisation. At almost 6 1/2 minutes, Carr opens up and lets this piece go where it may, but maintains the mood of peaceful solemnity.

”Christmastide” will be a welcome addition to your holiday collection if you like tunes from around the world as well as some old favorites and a sampling of new music.