Christmas

Ian MULDER, PIANO
FEATURING ANDREA BOCELLI
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

"Christmas is ideal for the classical holiday music lover for its honesty, integrity and high quality musicianship."

- Kelly O'Neil, writer for Reader's Digest, CCM Magazine.

Accomplished musician Ian Mulder has once again teamed up with the London Symphony Orchestra to produce Christmas. The Dutch pianist continues his legacy of playing and conducting the orchestra as well as offering three original compositions and arranging. Mulder’s stark crystalline piano is unrushed hovering above the warm strings in “O Come All Ye Faithful”. The pianist really shows off his style in “Angels We Have Heard on High”. After a handful of variations the carol becomes statelier as Mulder’s showmanship continues. More deliberate playing by Mulder is heard in “See Amid the Winter’s Snow” where the piano sounds almost like a glockenspiel. The strings and winds blend beautifully as the orchestra swells. A highlight of Christmas is “The Birthday of a King” featuring celebrated violinist Carmine Lauri. He has a lovely succulent yet earthy tone that plays out this moving yet humble piece. Also appearing on the album is famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli who exquisitely sings “A Choir of a Thousand Angels”. Ever the master performer, he magnificently holds onto the last high note at mezzo piano for a long, satisfying while. Christmas is ideal for the classical holiday music lover for its honesty, integrity and high quality musicianship. Plus, Mulder has added the right amount of innovative snippets to keep the music interesting while never interrupting the flow and feeling of peace.

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

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