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Emile Pandolfi - In the Holiday Spirit

Emile Pandolfi - In the Holiday Spirit

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Emile Pandolfi - In The Holiday Spirit (CD NEW)


Label: Magic Music
Format: CD
Release Date: 07 Sep 2004
No. of Discs: 1

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Album Tracks

1. Caroling, Caroling
2. I Saw Three Ships
3. The Coventry Carol
4. The Christmas Waltz
5. (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays
6. Please Come Home for Christmas
7. The Holly and the Ivy
8. A Cradle in Bethlehem
9. The Most Wonderful Day of the Year
10. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
11. Christmas in Dixie
12. Blue Christmas
13. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve

In the Holiday Spirit Review by John Pendley The Heart of the Matter, December 23, 2005 Music, like any other art form, is a way of knowing. Through music, I can experience both the creating and the performing artists' visions of life, love, death, truth, joy, whimsy, sorrow, the supernatural, or whatever they wish me to know through the music they make. Emile Pandolfi knows all this; I've heard him say that if a song doesn't speak to him, if he doesn't know it's heart, and if he doesn't know how to reveal that heart to his audience, he doesn't play it. In The Holiday Spirit is an album which displays Emile's prodigious talent for getting to the heart of the matter, for experiencing the music anew, and then for allowing his audience to experience it with him. He invites us-no, he charms and seduces us into a diverse array of emotional worlds. It's an album of music for the joy of the season, in the traditional holiday spirit. But it is not merely that. It is also a collection for repeated listening and genuine involvement. Emile's playing touches the heart of The Coventry Carol. Though this is a carol to the holy child, it is in a minor key and darker than one might expect, for it begins knowing His end: Woe is me, poor Child, for Thee, And ever mourn and say; For Thy parting nor say nor sing, By, by, lully, lullay. Emile's arrangement opens in wistful simplicity, and mounts with an ever-growing feeling of melancholy. Could that persistent arpeggiated figuration deep in the bass be inexorable time itself, rolling onward toward the child's tragic destiny? We end as we began, in simple mourning, the opening theme in it's original, modest guise. But it's not in Emile's nature to be in a dark mood for long, and he brightens our spirits immediately with The Christmas Waltz. This is pure Pandolfi magic, with a spirit so charming and gay that even I can dream of waltzing. The pearly strings of flawlessly articulated treble notes that Emile laces together, in melody and adornment, summon images of fine jewelry on elegant throats. And the sensational counterpoint in the left hand, near the end of the piece, swirls like the dancers themselves. A small, rare, unexpected, spectacularly rendered masterpiece! There's usually a healthy dose of humor somewhere in a collection of Emile's arrangements, usually not far from the surface. After a tasteful introduction, his first statement of the melody in Home for the Holidays is a wistful sigh of pure nostalgia, much as yours or mine might be: 'Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays.' (Sigh!) There are some rolled chords and a few clichTs, just the right whiff of sentimentality. Sort of like you or I might play it-assuming I could play. Then ... what's THIS? The second verse breaks into a groove of stride-jazz piano in an album Christmas carols! After a verse and chorus that fall into a warm and cozy pace, our wayward boy really starts cooking; this thing really struts and swaggers! OK, jazz and Christmas has been done before, but by jazz pianists, not-to my knowledge-in this kind of album. This is one of the surprises that marks Emile's imagination, one of the proofs that he really listens. And it's genuinely funny. A professor of mine once described genius to me as Picasso seeing a bull's head when he looked at the handlebars and seat of a bicycle. When Picasso welded the two together, the rest of us saw it, too. Juxtaposition is the key element, and originality of vision. I'm not claiming that there's genius at play here, though I have some opinions on the subject, but I'd certainly never have thought of putting the first, melancholy verse of Home for the Holidays together with several foot-stomping jazz verses to complete the wonderful version that Emile has created. If his rendering of I Saw Three Ships is the most impressive demonstration of his virtuosity on this album, A Cradle in Bethlehem proves that Emile Pandolfi appreciates the power of plain, unadorned beauty. This is a cradle song which I had not previously heard; now, I'll probably listen to it more often than anyth

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