In terms of Canadian music few names are more synonymous with quality than Canadian Brass.
Canadian Brass while symphonic at heart, have been making orchestral-style music accessible to the masses for years now. They play with a sort of easy going approach which has the average listener entranced and liking what they hear, even though they might never count themselves among fans of orchestral music.
When you think of Christmas music, much of it fits well with the bigger sound an orchestra can offer. While Canadian Brass is only five pieces, they bridge that gap, and create something here which is truly special.
For this CD the Brass has collaborated with organist Eric Robertson, and when you add the depth of sound of an organ to the flighty brilliance of the brass instruments you end up with a full sound which carries you deep into the heart of what Christmas music is all about.
As you might expect Canadian Brass has selected many of the true classics of the season in an offering which covers 23 songs.
The greats such as O Holy Night, so hauntingly beautiful when done by the Brass, Silent Night, What Child Is This, and Hark the Herald Angels Sing, are all here. However, at the same time the Canadian Brass mixes in a few more modern, and less heavy themed Christmas numbers too including Ding Dong Merrily On High, Jingle Bells, Jolly Old St. Nicholas and Silver Bells.
If you are like many people and buy a Christmas CD or two each season, then this in the one for 2007. Simply fantastic, as an all instrumental Christmas album.
Check it out at www.canbrass.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 12, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada