Friday, November 12, 2010

Find the Perfect Piano Music For the Holidays

With the return of the Holiday Favorites channel on Piano Radio this week, you can now get unlimited holiday music on your keyboard or piano, without setting up playlists, choosing albums, or worrying about switching between albums to hear the songs you want. Of course, for times when you want more control over your musical selections, it's easy to pick out the perfect music to fit a particular moment with individual PianoSoft albums (and individual songs available from the Disklavier Music Store on Internet Direct Connection). Still, with dozens of holiday themed PianoSoft albums to choose from, it's easy to get overwhelmed when trying to find the right music to fit your tastes. To help you out, we've picked ten of our favorite albums with descriptions and samples which should get you off to a running start on your search.

Jim Brickman - Winter Peace
Bring the beloved new-age pianist Jim Brickman to your piano this holiday season. Brickman's Christmas album, Peace, was nominated for a Grammy in 2003 so it's clear that he knows his way around holiday music just as well as he does the love songs and mellow ballads he's famous for producing.

Christmas Carols
The most popular holiday PianoSoft album of all time features beautiful arrangements of 14 of the season’s most well known carols.

A New Age/Jazzy Christmas - Garson Style
The famed and eclectic pianist Mike Garson, who has worked extensively with rock acts like David Bowie and the Smashing Pumpkins while simultaneously pursuing his own career in jazz, brings some new jazz and new age flavor to a whopping 19 holiday favorites on this fantastic album.

Peaceful Christmas
The name of this album really says it all. Pianist Bryan Pezzone's brings an open, airy playing style and an improvisational approach to these songs which highlights the tranquility and peaceful message of the season.

Traditional Christmas "Sing-Along"
With songs arranged in a simple, easy to follow style, this album is perfect for those times you wish you could star a sing-along around the piano, but don't have a an accompanist available. Note that lyrics are not included with this album, but with songs as famous as "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World", chances are you know the words already!

Songs For Christmas - Volume 2
Venturing between soft, contemplative renditions of "I Wonder as I Wander" and "White Christmas", and rousing takes on "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and "Winter Wonderland", this album covers the full range of holiday music with energetic, exciting performances.

Christmas Fantasy - Bryan Pezzone
Featuring expressive performances of some less frequently heard holiday gems, like "The Coventry Carol" and "Carol of the Bells", this album is a real treat when you're looking for a break from the standard holiday fare.

Selections from "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
Written for the Peanuts Christmas special, songs like "Christmas Time Is Here" and "Linus and Lucy" have become beloved holiday favorites – hear them all in this collection, with drum and bass accompaniment just like on the original recordings.

Jolly Christmas
A rollicking mix of recent favorites, such as "Santa Baby" and "A Holly Jolly Christmas" all with MIDI accompaniment.

Christmas Favorites
Some of the most famous and beloved carols of all time, complete with full MIDI accompaniment, featuring string heavy orchestral arrangements.

- Doug