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Christmas Guitars

Richard Durrant

Christmas Guitars

...heart-warming and full of imagination
LONGMAN062CD (LongManRecords)
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FLAC 24bit 96kHz 922.1MB $24.00

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ALAC 24bit 96kHz 974.6MB $24.00

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FLAC 16bit 44.1kHz 230.4MB $13.00

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ALAC 16bit 44.1kHz 236.9MB $13.00

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Tracks: Listen and Download

Format
Track Time Listen
1
Winter Danza

Winter Danza

Composer Ruiz Pipo
Band Richard Durrant
02:47 Play $1.70
2
Emmanuel/ Gloria

Emmanuel/ Gloria

Composer Traditional
Band Richard Durrant
03:22 Play $1.70
3
Past Three O’Clock

Past Three O’Clock

Composer Traditional
Band Richard Durrant
01:24 Play $1.70
4
Joululaulu

Joululaulu

Composer Traditional
Band Richard Durrant
03:29 Play $1.70
5
A Christmas Eve Lullaby

A Christmas Eve Lullaby

Composer Richard Durrant
Band Richard Durrant
01:29 Play $1.70
6
The Secret Dance of The Pets

The Secret Dance of The Pets

Composer Richard Durrant
Band Richard Durrant
01:55 Play $1.70
7
Acoustic Winter Solstice

Acoustic Winter Solstice

Composer Richard Durrant
Band Richard Durrant
06:08 Play $3.40
8
All The Animals

All The Animals

Composer Richard Durrant
Band Richard Durrant
01:53 Play $1.70
9
A Northern Winter Night

A Northern Winter Night

Composer Paul Cartledge
Band Richard Durrant
03:46 Play $1.70
10
Because of Christmas Day

Because of Christmas Day

Composer Phil Jewson
Band Richard Durrant
05:19 Play $3.40
11
A Christmas Wish

A Christmas Wish

Composer Richard Durrant
Band Richard Durrant
03:58 Play $1.70
12
The Polar Bear I. Bear

The Polar Bear I. Bear

Composer Richard Durrant
Band Richard Durrant
03:28 Play $1.70
13
The Polar Bear II. Cubs

The Polar Bear II. Cubs

Composer Richard Durrant
Band Richard Durrant
02:49 Play $1.70
14
The Polar Bear III. Ice Journey

The Polar Bear III. Ice Journey

Composer Richard Durrant
Band Richard Durrant
03:19 Play $1.70
15
The Polar Bear IV. The Swim

The Polar Bear IV. The Swim

Composer Richard Durrant
Band Richard Durrant
02:47 Play $1.70
16
The Polar Bear V. Arctic Sky

The Polar Bear V. Arctic Sky

Composer Richard Durrant
Band Richard Durrant
01:42 Play $1.70
17
This World Needs To Sing

This World Needs To Sing

Composer Richard Durrant
Band Richard Durrant
02:40 Play $1.70
18
A Christmas Eve Lullaby

A Christmas Eve Lullaby

Composer Richard Durrant
Band Richard Durrant
00:52 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 53 minutes Purchase all tracks 
$13.00 
Prices shown in US Dollars

Traditional and original compositions - beautiful, old folk tunes and carols, and modern pieces - go hand in hand as father of four Durrant not only celebrates the excitement and joy Christmas continues to bring to him and his young family, but also evokes both the Christian and pagan significance of this time of year.

This album is licensed for download from Longman Records.

Download includes - cover art, booklet

Amy Kakoura's haunting lead vocals give several songs the tingle factor, most notably 'Emmanuel' and the beautiful Clannad-style arrangement of 'A Northern Winter Night', written by Paul Cartledge. Durrant also makes excellent use of the singing of his eight-year-old son Felix and the no-holds-barred enthusiasm of the choir of St Nicolas and St Mary's Primary School, Shoreham-by-Sea, in songs he has written for his local church Nativity over the last 17 years.


Indeed, 'more is more' on many tracks as the Sussex guitar maestro allies his revered technique to every bell and whistle he can lay his hands on in his studio. Hammond organ, harpsichord, piano, cello, mandolins, ukulele and recorders are heard alongside Durrant's beloved guitars (oh - and sleigh bells...). And just when you think the Christmas mix cannot get any richer, up pops the gravelly voice of comedy legend Barry Cryer on 'The Polar Bear'. The 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue' star this time plays it straight, reciting haiku verse in Durrant's moving depiction of a mother bear and her cubs' desperate swim for food and survival through the Arctic ice floes. This piece was inspired by the well-documented plight of the bears as their Arctic environment continues to change.

'I always wanted to make a Christmas album that could explain everything that Christmas means to me. As with most people, that's a lot to ask. My album would have to describe the magic that I still feel on Christmas Eve, a belief in Father Christmas and the Christmas story and the power of the solstice (so perfectly described in Moominland Midwinter). I would have to try to capture the poignant, midwinter sadness of missing those no longer with us, and the excitement of children that enables a parent to once again feel the absolute joy that Christmas brings. As I'm still in that wonderful stage of my life where our young children are still at home and family Christmas is at its strongest - now was the time to make my album.' Richard Durrant

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