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Christmastide

by Julie Rivers

Beautiful, magical piano holiday album with lush orchestrations and many moods to enhance any holiday setting.
Genre: Easy Listening: Mood Music
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1. Coventry Carol/Away in a Manger
Julie Rivers, Tabitha Reist
3:38 $0.99
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2. Still, Still, Still
Julie Rivers
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3. When Christmas Morn is Dawning Medley
Julie Rivers
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4. I Saw Three Ships
Julie Rivers
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5. I Wonder as I Wander
Julie Rivers
4:22 $0.99
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6. In Bethlehem's Cradle Medley
Julie Rivers, Peter Larsen
3:43 $0.99
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7. Wassail Song/Holly and the Ivy/Deck the Halls
Julie Rivers
1:33 $0.99
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8. The Twelve Days of Christmas
Julie Rivers, The Castle & Cross Consort
4:36 $0.99
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9. God Gave Us life
Julie Rivers
3:42 $0.99
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10. Baby Jesus, Sleeping Softly
Art Rivers, Julie Rivers
2:23 $0.99
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11. How Many Angels
Julie Rivers
3:51 $0.99
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12. Sleep, Sleep, Oh My Lovely Child
Julie Rivers, Tabitha Reist
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13. Ave Maria
Art Rivers, Julie Rivers
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Julie Rivers Biography
With the EarthStar Recordings 1997 release of her third album, "One Starry Night," pianist/composer Julie Rivers captured the hearts of new and old fans alike with her luxuriantly romantic music of the night. February 1999 saw the world premier of "The Kiss of the Sun," much-anticipated sequel to "One Starry Night," which celebrates the dazzling romance of the day. Her sixth recording, "Christmastide," was released in November, 1999, and her seventh, "As Far As the Heart Can See" came in February, 2003.

New Age Voice Magazine featured tracks from "One Starry Night" and "The Kiss of the Sun" in their Nov/Dec 1999 and May 2000 CD Samplers included in the mailings of the national publication. Her music has been in the Airwaves Top 100 of NAV Magazine, with airplay on stations from Cambridge, MA to Florida, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Hawaii, and many more. Radio Kansas recently selected three of her original albums for their popular new age program, "Nightcrossings," and two of her albums were listed simultaneously on the Hastings Books Music and Video "Top Ten." A feature story about Julie appeared in the Fall 1999 edition of "Bryggen Magazine," Sweden.

Julie Rivers is one of seventeen pianists selected nationwide for a recording commemorating and benefiting the families of the victims of the 9/11 tragedies. The HeartAid Project released the CD including Julie's composition, "When the Sun Goes Down," from the album "The Kiss of the Sun" on the Spring Hill label on 9/11/2002.

In April 2002, it was announced in San Francisco that Julie won first place in the nation in the National League of American Pen Women composition contest with music from her recording, "The Kiss of the Sun." In April 1998, she had won first place in the same contest in St. Petersburg, Florida, with music from the CD "One Starry Night." She won first place again in the same contest in April 2006 in Denver, and 2008 saw another national first place. She was recognized by the Kansas Arts Commission with one of four state Fellowship Awards for composition and has received special awards from ASCAP 1998-2010. She is called a "treasured Kansas artist" by Linda Graves, First Lady of Kansas.

n June 1997, she was recognized by the Kansas Arts Commission with one of four state Fellowship Awards for composition. She has received special awards from ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers every year from 1998 through 2010.

Called a "treasured Kansas artist" by Linda Graves, First Lady of Kansas, pianist Julie Rivers has been on the Kansas Musical Artists Touring Program each year since 1980. She is also a pianist for the fifteen-state Heartland Arts Fund roster of touring artists, and has performed with the Texas Touring Program and the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

A graduate in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas, Julie has performed with the Saint Louis, Dallas, Oklahoma, San Angelo, Abilene (TX), Lawton, North Arkansas and Topeka Symphonies, among others. She has performed at the Texas Round Top Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival, in addition to many regional touring engagements.

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Solo Piano Publications Online - Kathy Parsons

Once in awhile one comes along that is so good that I enjoy listening to it desp
Christmastide
Julie Rivers
1999/EarthStar Records
Reviewed by Kathy Parsons
I have to preface this review by saying that, as a piano teacher, I am inundated with Christmas music from the end of October through the holidays, so I do not make it a habit to seek out Christmas albums. Once in awhile one comes along that is so good that I enjoy listening to it despite being "up to here" in "Jingle Bells". "Christmastide" is such an album. The selection of pieces includes some standard traditional pieces, some original works, and an assortment of unusual pieces from around the world. Julie Rivers' incredible piano soars above accompanying choirs, flute, harp, strings, and synthesized orchestrations. While classical in tradition, the arrangements are so fresh and sparkling that they take on new life. The pairing of the haunting "Coventry Carol" with the sweet "Away in A Manger" is a perfect medley. "Still, Still, Still" is given tender treatment in a gorgeous arrangement. Then there is a grouping of four carols from Sweden, Czechoslovakia, and Poland that range from gentle to rousing. "I Wonder As I Wander" , an Appalachian hymn, is darkly beautiful with an almost bluesy/Gershwin feel. "God Gave Us Life", composed by Randy Willis, is a wonderful new piece with a simple but heartfelt melody. "Baby Jesus, Sleeping Softly" was composed by Julie's son, Art, at the age of eight - what a sweet treasure! Julie's original "How Many Angels" is my favorite piece on this excellent CD - truly too beautiful for words. The CD closes with an incredible duet of Gounod's "Ave Maria" played by Art Rivers on violin over Julie Rivers playing the Bach "Prelude in C" on piano - an amazing piece that should elevate anyone's heart and spirit with its beauty.

I am so excited to have discovered this wonderful pianist!
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Jean D: Christmastide


I always like to find new renditions of traditional Christmas music and this is one of the best along with some original compositions of Julie, her son, Art, and Randy Wills. The music is soothing to the soul....a pure delight. It will become one of my favorite Christmas CD's.
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