J.S. Bach

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A Classical Christmas

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Henry Doktorski
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony
Individual Works:Bach/Gounod: Ave Maria
Trad: We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Bach: Prelude & Toccata on "In dulci jubilo" (751 & 729)
Grueber: Stille Nacht
Bizet: Farandole
Trad: Greensleeves
Doktorski: Jazz Fantasia on "Carol of the Bells"
Palmer/Doktorski: Variations on "Coventry Carol"
Doktorski: Minuet
Doktorski: Suite on Four Polish Carols
Mueller: Away In A Manger
Doktorski: Gigue
Palmer: Sonatina on Three Carols
Doktorski: Serenade
Doktorski: Chorale and Dance on "Jingle Bells"
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Alanna Records
Comments:"One of the more unusual Christmas compilations on the market. A CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS features the amazing talents of American Henry Doktorski, one of the few concert accordionists performing today. No, really. This is serious, virtuoso stuff and about as far from oom-pah-pah kitsch as you can get. Doktorski is a classically-trained organist and, indeed, the sounds he squeezes from his state-of-the-art instrument, nicknamed "the Stradivarius of accordions," are of pipe-organ quality, with rich, deep bass notes worthy of any pedalboard. His performance of a difficult Bach Prelude and Toccata is nothing short of unbelievable. -- The Hour, Montreal's News and Entertainment Weekly
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Henry Doktorski
Date First Submitted:05/23/1999