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On Christmas Night

by Steven C

On Christmas Night features Steven C's trademark piano arrangements of the most beloved Christmas music. Subtle percussion, bass, keyboards and vocal textures complete this sound tapestry, however Steven's 9 foot Bosendorfer piano is the shining star!
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1. On Christmas Night
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2. Gesu Bambino
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3. I Wonder As I Wander / Coventry Carol
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4. Lo How A Rose Ere Blooming
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5. O Come O Come Emmanuel
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6. In the Bleak Midwinter
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7. Go Tell It On the Mountain / Mary Had A Baby
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8. What Child Is This?
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9. Joy To the World
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10. Walking In the Air
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11. In Dulci Jubilo
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12. Oh Holy Night
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13. We Three Kings
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14. Do You Hear What I Hear?
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15. Silent Night
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16. Christmas Time Is Here
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This diverse collection of Christmas music covers many centuries from the 16th century classic "Coventry Carol" to the hit "Walking in the Air" from the story SNOWMAN. "Gesu Bambino" also features Steven's late friend and emotive violinist, Yuri Merzhevsky. Steven also features the recorder talents of Roxanne Layton of Mannheim Steamroller.

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
It is such a joy to review an album that I want to jump up and down about, and Steven C.’s "On Christmas Night" is that kind of album. Not entirely a solo piano recording, some of the tracks include violin, recorder, vocal texture, and light percussion. This collection is more diverse than many and spans time periods from as far back as the 9th century’s “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” through the more recent “Walking In the Air” from The Snowman and Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time Is Here” from the ever-popular A Charlie Brown Christmas. The arrangements stay true to the traditional melodies, but they are done so beautifully that even the time-worn chestnuts are fresh and new. Steven’s 9’ Bosendorfer sings with all of the heartfelt wonder, hope, and joy that these sixteen pieces can evoke, and, of course, Steven’s fingers (and heart) deserve all of the credit. This is an album that would be exquisite background music for a holiday dinner, wrapping gifts, or trimming the tree, but it is much too good to keep in the background. Sit back and let the sounds wrap around you like a warm quilt or a lingering hug.

"On Christmas Night" opens with the title track, a traditional English carol I was not familiar with. Piano, keyboard and guitar provide an invitation to the celebration, and then segue into “Gesu Bambino” with piano and violin (the late Yuri Merzhevsky) playing a touching and deeply emotional duet. Next up is a wonderful pairing of “I Wonder As I Wander” and “Coventry Carol,” two very dark minor-key pieces that I love. This one is a breathtaking piano solo. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is another one of my favorite carols, and this one features Roxanne Layton of Mannheim Steamroller on recorder. There is also light percussion, which modernizes the piece while staying true to the spirit of the original. The medley of “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “Mary Had a Baby” adds a gospel touch - rhythmic and jazzy without jarring the mellow vibe. “What Child Is This” is a stellar piano solo - slow, tender, and graceful. Steven’s arrangement of “Joy To the World” is much more subdued than you usually hear it, but expresses a subtle kind of joy - a beautiful interpretation! “Walking In the Air” is one of my favorite songs of any season, and this is one of my favorite arrangements. The piano part is flowing and doesn’t have a lot of embellishment - just quiet string washes in the background. Love it! “O Holy Night” can be a real powerhouse of musical emotion, but Steven’s arrangement is delicate and gentle with recorder, voice, and light percussion in addition to the piano. “Do You Hear What I Hear” is a contemporary carol very effectively given a slightly jazzed solo piano treatment. I’ve read that “Silent Night” is one of the most-recorded songs of all-time, so can anyone still do anything original with it. Yes, as Steven proves - simply beautiful! Steven closes this incredible album with “Christmas Time Is Here,” a bittersweet jazz classic that tugs at the heartstrings. Just piano and bass - perfection!

I have a lot of favorite Christmas albums, but "On Christmas Night" is going to stay a favorite for many years to come. I give it my highest recommendation.
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REVIEWS NEW AGE

On Christmas Night, un CD muy completo!.
On Christmas Night es el primer tributo que realiza el pianista Steven C. a la Navidad, un trabajo exquisito, donde podemos encontrar no sólo fantásticos solos de piano, en algunas de las piezas podemos apreciar un acompañamiento estupendo: violín (Yuri), voces (Aimee Fischer) o percusión (Scooter), lo que hace de On Christmas Night un CD completísimo, repleto de cálidas y conocidas obras que abrigan con sus melodías e inspiran momentos de acogimiento, intimidad y bienestar.

Con júbilo "On Christmas Night" inicia el CD. Un tema compuesto a piano, guitarra y teclados que goza de una entrañable melodía.

"Gesu Bambino" es una de mis preferidas. La unión creada por el piano y el violín es extraordinaria. En esta melancólica composición es el sonido del violín el que cautiva, su música destaca por encima de los acordes del piano. Un dúo fantástico!. Sublime belleza!.

"I Wonder As I Wander ~ Coventry Carol" son dos obras unidas bajo un mismo carácter, abatido. El sólo de piano transmite frío y soledad, siendo una de las piezas que muestra un rostro distinto de la Navidad. Pura tristeza.

La pieza más pacífica y tierna del CD es "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming", donde dulces notas surgen con dificultad para dar vida a la conocida obra y suaves acordes van marcando el lento camino de la música.

Otra de las maravillas que podemos encontrar en On Christmas Night es la admirable adaptación que Steven hace de "O Come, O Come Emmanuel". Una pieza guiada por un cautivador y delicado ritmo a golpe de percusión y donde el piano se ve acompañado por la penetrante voz de Fischer, guitarra y teclados. Una maravilla!.

"In The Bleak Midwinter" es una composición apasionada y amable. Nuevamente Steven prescinde de los demás instrumentos y se marca un elegante sólo de piano con aires de esperanza. Me gusta!.

"Go Tell It On The Mountain ~ Mary Had A Baby" es una simpática composición. Una música cariñosa y con un buen toque de alegre inocencia.

La adaptación que Steven hace del conocido villancico "What Child Is This" es completamente nuevo en cuanto a la variación de la melodía principal. Haciendo algunos arreglos a la partitura original, Steven ofrece un toque especial a la obra. Hermosa!.

En "Joy to the World" regresan los teclados. Esta es otra de las versiones que destacamos en este trabajo. "Joy to the World" sigue siendo cálida y emotiva, pero en esta ocasión, aparta su tradicional alegría para convertirse en una pieza más dulce, tranquila y acogedora.

"Walking In The Air from the Snowman". Esta popular pieza a penas sufre cambios en su melodía, posiblemente un toque más melancólico que acentúa el sintetizador que sirve de fondo musical.

Inmensamente conocida "In Dulci Jubilo" es una pieza despreocupada y llena de vida. Steven mantiene la melodía original, pero huye de rápidos toques y apuesta por una música más íntima y apacible. Me gusta!.

El comienzo no muestra en absoluto que "O Holy Night" es la obra que se esconde detrás de las notas de introducción. De nuevo, otra de las grandes versiones que forman este CD, siendo "O Holy Night" una pieza que captura de lleno al oyente. Flauta, percusión y demás instrumentos van dando forma a la popular música. Bellísima, increíble!. Otra de mis preferidas!.

En contraste con el tema anterior, "We Three Kings" es una composición escrita para solista, donde el pianista reproduce uno de las melodías más célebres de la Navidad con un toque agridulce y con un final abierto.

"Do You Hear What I Hear" es otra de esas adaptaciones que se alejan de la versión original con bastante fuerza, exceptuando el estribillo que es de sobra conocido. Una pieza de paso firme y nuevo.

La famosa "Silent Night" posee un curioso comienzo, un cambio de rol en las manos del pianista dan vida a la melodía en la zona baja del piano, mientras la diestra acompaña con sutiles acordes altos. En general, la pieza mantiene el mismo carácter que la versión original, en este caso, apenas existe variación.

"Christmas Time Is Here" es otra de las grandes composiciones de On Christmas Night. Un solo de piano con alma de jazz es acompañado por un bajo acústico, lo que crea un entorno íntimo, perfecto. Qué maravilla!.


On Christmas Night es la nueva salida al mercado del compositor y pianista Steven C. Anderson, un trabajo dulce y suave que muestra la ternura y las emociones que despierta la Navidad, en las que sus notas llevan grabadas todos los buenos sentimientos que se derrochan en estas fiestas. On Christmas Night es un álbum muy recomendable.

reviewsnewage.com
21/12/2010
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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Following on the heels of his elegant Heart Strings CD, pianist Steven C provides a touch of class for the holidays with his album, On Christmas Night.

This isn’t just a typical collection of the usual secular seasonal standards, nor does it celebrate the capitalism of Christmas with all of its commercial trappings. Rather, it is really about that Christmas night – that silent, holy night.

As such, the album contains the expected classics that tap into the spiritual side of the holiday, or “the reason for the season.” And yet these interpretations are not overbearing or overwhelming as these songs can sometimes be. That’s where the arranging and performing talents of Steven C come into play.

Rather than give them the shrill, over-the-top treatment that they occasionally get, Steven C plays them with a quiet reverence that is very much in keeping with the tranquil sanctity of the original Christmas. Even the few secular gems included in the mix, such as the concluding rendition of the Lee Mendelson-Vince Gauraldi Charlie Brown Christmas classic, “Christmas Time Is Here,” are played with the same solemnity as the religious tunes, such that they fit right in with the overall feel of the album.

With On Christmas Night, Steven C has accomplished something quite rare – a holiday album that channels the magic, mystery, and mysticism of that first Christmas night so long ago.
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