A Song For Christmas

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    Mantovani made his first Christmas single (White Christmas, with Adeste Fideles for the B side) for Decca in October 1952. A year later he recorded a further twelve numbers for 'An Album of Christmas Music' and it became a major seller in the 1950s.

    With the advent of stereo, in 1958 all fourteen numbers were re-recorded and the album (here heard as CD 1) became a million seller. It was followed in 1963 with a second Christmas album, entitled 'A Song for Christmas' from which this set takes it names.
    'A Song for Christmas' finds the Mike Sammes Chorus and Singers, who often joined the Italian born maestro's musicians. They can be heard on seven of the twelve numbers on the record. A frequent arranger of much of the music Mantovani recorded was Cecil Milner, one of the maestro's select team of arrangers.
    Among the familiar carols on the album, are some unfamiliar items like Mantovani's self-penned Christmas Bells, which conjures up the happy atmosphere surrounding Jesus Christ's birthday celebrations. Paul Lambrecht's Midnight Waltz and the now-forgotten traditional tune Nazareth, are equally unfamiliar, while Milner's arrangement of 'O Thou that tellest Good Tidings to Zion' (from Handel's Messiah) is entirely free of Mantovani's signature cascading strings.


    Primary Format - Music - CD

    Artist - MANTOVANI

    Label - Decca / Eloquence

    Music Genre - Classical

    Music Genre Primary - Classical

    Music Genre Secondary - Christmas

Track Listing


  1. O Come all ye Faithful
  2. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  3. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
  4. White Christmas
  5. Good King Wenceslas
  6. O Holy Night
  7. The First Nowell
  8. Joy to the World
  9. Silent Night, Holy Night
  10. O Tannenbaum
  11. Midnight Waltz
  12. Nazareth
  13. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  14. The Skaters' Waltz, Op. 183 (Les Patineurs)


  1. Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
  2. Once in Royal David's City
  3. Jingle Bells
  4. Toy Waltz
  5. The Holly and the Ivy
  6. O Thou that tellest Good Tidings to Zion (from Messiah)
  7. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  8. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  9. While Shepherds Watched
  10. Christmas Bells
  11. Mary's Boy Child
  12. I Saw Three Ships


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incomparable Mantovanni's "cascading strings," completely unique, never replicated, and not present on any album marketed as "Mantovanni" after his death. Beautiful, peaceful music, never equalled. The second album, "A Song For Christmas," has not been available for decades. This is a true find.
Date published: 2019-02-23
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