Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ring Those Bells 1

I remember being all excited when I found a track from this group that I could use back during Christmas In July 2007.  Then I was even more excited when I found an entire album of Christmas music.  All the songs on this album are performed with hand bells, a unique instrument that you may not be familiar with.  Each bell is tuned to a single note, and for the song to work, each person has to ring his or her bell at just the right time.  One person can play multiple bells, but it gets tricky if the song gets complex.  You've probably heard handbells without knowing it, since they're featured prominently in that holiday Hershey's Kisses commercial where each Kiss shakes and plays a note.  So to hear some unique Christmas music that will have you coming back for more, please download The Klokken Ringers-I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (Omni Sound N-1043, Stereo, 1981).

1. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
2. Gloria
3. Variations On A French Carol
4. The Skaters, Op. 183
5. Now Sing We, Now Rejoice (In Dulci Jubilo)
6. O Come, All Ye Faithful
7. Joy To The World
8. O Tannenbaum
9. Away In A Manger
10. Hosanna
11. God With Us For All Time (Veni Emmanuel)
12. Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle
13. Ding, Dong Merrily On High
14. Stille Nacht


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