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Andre Kostelanetz & His Orchestra (2CD-Set)

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Almost forty years after his passing, the name of Andre Kostelanetz is still synonymous with the sound of beautiful music. The Russian-born American conductor gained national attention bringing classical music to the masses first on CBS Radio in the 1930s and then via a series of albums on Columbia Records. A guest conductor of The New York Philharmonic and Washington, DC’s National Symphony, he reportedly sold over 52 million records and set the world record for attendance at a classical concert when 250,000 people showed up to a 1979 performance in Central Park. In his discography of over 100 albums conducting everything from Swan Lake to the hits of Chicago, Kostelanetz’s Christmas albums are among the most treasured. Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records invite you to a true wonderland of Christmas with the release of Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra’s The Complete Christmas Albums. This comprehensive 2-CD, 42-track set features all three of the legendary conductor’s classic Columbia Christmas LPs – Joy to the World: The Music of Christmas (1959), Wonderland of Christmas (1963), and Wishing You a Merry Christmas (1965), on which he was joined by vocalist Phyllis Curtin and The St. Killian Boychoir – plus a host of holiday bonuses. These include Kostelanetz’s rare 1950 single of “White Christmas,” a complete recording of “The Nutcracker Suite” featuring Peter Ustinov, and additional seasonal favorites from the Kostelanetz catalog. Wishing You a Merry Christmas makes its CD debut here. Along with his fellow “easy listening” kings Percy Faith and Ray Conniff, Kostelanetz defined the sound of the holiday with his Columbia Christmas recordings, and you’ll find them all here (this is really his complete Christmas recordings, except he made several recordings of The Nutcracker, sparklingly remastered in crisp original mono and splendid “360 Sound” stereo by Maria Triana at Sony’s Battery Studios. The Second Disc’s resident Christmas elf Joe Marchese has penned the new liner notes. There’s no doubt the maestro’s yuletide recordings will become a few of your favorite things!


Disc One

Bonus Track

1. White Christmas 

Joy to the World: The Music of Christmas

2. The First Noel/It Came upon a Midnight Clear/ Silent Night, Holy Night/Oh Little Town of Bethlehem/Hark the Herald Angels Sing/Oh Come All Ye Faithful/Sugar Plum Fairy Interlude/Waltz of the Flowers3. What Child Is This?/Joy to the World
4. White Christmas
5. Sleigh Ride
6. Away in the Manger/We Three Kings of Orient Are
7. March of the Toys/Toyland

8. O Holy Night
9. The Skaters’ Waltz

Bonus Tracks

10. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: Miniature Overture/ March/Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy/Russian Dance/Arabian Dance/Chinese Dance/Dance of the Flutes/Waltz of the Flowers
11. My Favorite Things

12. Greensleeves

Disc Two

Wonderland of Christmas

1. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Jingle Bells 2. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town/Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
3. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)
4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
5. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
6. The First Noel/It Came Upon the Midnight Clear/ 
Oh Come, All Ye Faithful
7. Winter Wonderland/I Saw Mommy Kissing 
Santa Claus
8. White Christmas
9. Silver Bells/Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry)

10. Christmas Chopsticks
11. Sleigh Ride
12. Joy to the World/Silent Night, Holy Night/Deck 
the Halls with Boughs of Holly

Bonus Tracks

13. Greensleeves
14. Ave Maria (Bach)
15. Ave Maria (Schubert) 
Wishing You a Merry Christmas
16. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
17. O Come All Ye Faithful
18. What Child Is This?
19. The First Noell/Joy to the World
20. Silent Night, Holy Night
21. Christmas Chimes
22 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Angels We Have Heard on High
23. Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly/Jingle Bells
24. Away in a Manger
25. Three Kings of Orient Are
26. O Little Town of Bethelehem
27. O Holy Night
28. It Came upon the Midnight Clear/Awayin a Manger
29. O Tannenbaum
30. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Reprise)

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