Hey, thanks for the comments, Stefan! Yes,that's me singing on O Holy Night. Actually, I recruited my wife and daughters to sing the backup vocals too. We performed this live in church last year at Christmas time, with just the smaller string ensemble, basically acoustic guitar, 2 violins and cello. I decided to add the other orchestration to fill it out a little more, and well, being an electric guitarist, I just couldn't resist going for the orchestra + rock band ending. Sorry, I know you're more of a pure classical kind of guy (love your arrangements, BTW). I like to do a lot of transitioning between classical and pop/rock styles in the same piece.
Some really top-flight arranging in these; well thought
out, well orchestrated... and the stylistic blends work
It's tricky to get strong instrumental lines to run well under
narrative without overpowering it; but O Come, O Come
came off with just the right balance.
Your rendition of O Holy Night was just lovely, Jim;
you've got a fine voice, and the tender accompaniment
(later with the gal-choir) was just the right back-up to
roll into it. The restraint and control and the build into
the powerhouse latter section was extremely effective.
It seems that year after year the enlargement to new and complete media of production of our Christmas compilation, is producing an amazing set of samples and good ideas (new style of arrangement, beside live tracks mixup, voices singing or reading etc.).
Congratulations to all producers, I also did my little one, (I hope )