Have Yourself a Merry Cello Christmas (CD) – James Kreger

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Have Yourself a Merry Cello Christmas (CD) – James Kreger

Composers: Various
Artist: James Kreger
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Guild
CD Release Date: September 21, 2018

James Kreger writes of his new album: “Why should a cellist who has devoted his recording career over the decades to such works as concertos by Dvorák and Ibert and sonatas by Mendelssohn now be offering a program of Christmas music? To answer this question, I think I should offer a few words that show why this latest album… also very much represents who I am. I was born and raised in Nashville, also known as Music City USA, bastion of country music. My uncle’s furniture store was next to the landmark Ryman Auditorium, where for years the Grand Ole Opry’s concerts were broadcast live. I listened to the likes of Minnie Pearl, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys as well as other wonderful singers on the radio.... The genesis for this Christmas album is a logical outgrowth, coming of age realization, as it were, of just what singing, the voice and the musical line are all about. I have known the producer, a valued friend, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou for more than 35 years.... He suggested we do a Christmas album. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that the thrill of engaging the most profound and challenging cello masterpieces does not inhibit my deep affection for these Christmas melodies...”

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Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.



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