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Follow that Star

The Gents

Gritton, Anonymous, Martin, Berlin, Blake, McCartney, Cano, Coot, Jenkins, Helms, Cahn, Torme, and more..

SKU: 20403

Year of release: 2003

1. Follow that Star Gritton 02:27
2. Gaudete Christus est natus Anonymous 02:15
3. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen Anonymous 04:09
4. Have yourself a Merry little Christmas Martin 02:51
5. White Christmas Berlin 03:25
6. Walking in the air Blake 03:53
7. Wonderful Christmastime McCartney 03:28
8. Hijo de la Luna Cano 04:27
9. Santa Claus is coming to town Coot 02:33
10. Just another star Jenkins 03:20
11. Jingle bell rock Helms 03:24
12. Let it snow Cahn 03:28
13. The Christmas Song Torme 02:28
14. Sleighride Anonymous 03:07
15. Winter Wonderland Bernard 03:24
16. Silent Night Gruber 03:50
Total time: 52:37

About this album

After our first cd for Channel Classics: The Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal, with English Polyphony of the Renaissance, we now present ourselves in a completely different guise: on this Christmas cd we give you a glimpse of our taste for the lighter styles. You will hear a wide selection of the personal favourites of our singers, such as Follow that star, A wonderful Christmastime, and Jingle bell rock. In addition to other popular Christmas Ballads from the American Songbook, such as Have yourself a merry little Christmas and White Christmas, we have put a new spin on a couple of traditional carols, like Silent Night and Es ist ein Ros entsprungen. Most of the arrangements were written especially for The Gents, and the addition of instruments gives several of the pieces a completely different atmosphere, such as, for example, the opening number, Gaudete Christus est natus: at first its as though you were listening to a track from our earlier cd, with old English music, but gradually it changes with the addition of the marimbas, and finally it ends in a sparkling, swinging conclusion!

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Reviews

Audiophile Audition

All the vocalists have extremely flexible voices, but the altos really soar to stratospheric heights. Masterful choir singing absolutely captivated and surrounded me in a multichannel wonder.

Classics Today

When you hear these 14 polished, stylistically savvy male singers, youll be taken in by the warm, vibrant sound, the fine blend, and by the nifty arrangements, most written specially for The Gents by Dutch arrangers. Channel Classics sound on this Hybrid Super Audio Cd is truly super, its full-featured dynamic range and clarity lending impressive realism to an unusual and well-produced program that easily stands out among the dozens of new Christmas recordings.

Klassik Heute

Feine, perlende Anschlag Lasics und sehr behende und virtuose spiel Wispelweys

International Record Review

a honey-rich tone, and overflowing with puppyish enthusiasm theyve certainly wagged my tail. What distinguishes this from so many similar efforts is the sheer variety and wit of the specially commissioned arrangements, which make use of some unexpected instrumental sonorities.

Artists

The Gents

Peter Dijkstra

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudioLab Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix
Recording LocationDeventer Holland
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kyaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 805 series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersMeitner DSD AD/DA
Cablesvan den Hul