Friday, November 30, 2012
Christmas Eve (Ferde Grofe, 1934)--Barron Smith
Back in a new rip, a charming 1934 Ferde Grofe suite/medley called Christmas Eve. It's beautifully performed by organist Barron Smith, and the recording quality (from 1958) is terrific. The liner notes describe the organ (the John Wanamkaer Organ, Philadelphia) as the largest in the world. I believe it.
Nice music, relaxing and evocative and filled with interesting touches. Not an adventurous sort of piece, but a masterpiece of mood-setting with nary an awkward transitional passage to be heard.
Enjoy. Click here: Grofe: Christmas Eve (1934)
Christmas Eve (Grofe, 1934)--Barron Smith at the John Wanamaker Organ, Philadelphia (1958). From LP on Urania label.
Joyous Christmas Spirit--Sleighbells Through the Snow (Jingle Bells)--Church Bells Ringing--Christmas Eve Church Service (Hark the Herald Angels Sing)--Silent Night--Santa Claus Coming in the Distance--Going Down the Chimney, Depositing Toys, Up the Chimney and Off Again--Christmas Morning--Children Playing with Toys--Church Bells Ringing--O Come All Ye Faithful.