Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Holiday PianoSoft - Get In the Spirit With Modern Christmas Hits

Christmas today, with it's elaborate lighting displays and extravagant shopping sprees, is a far cry from the holiday as it was celebrated for much of its history. Christmas music has changed with the years, too - from purely religious pieces, such as Handel's Messiah, to the mix of popular and religious themes that became the Christmas carols we sing today. The PianoSoft catalog of holiday music includes albums featuring songs from all of these different eras of Christmas music, but the two new albums released this week are all about popular hits that have become Christmas favorites in the more recent past. Legends like Bob Hope, Burl Ives and Bing Crosby left their stamp on Christmas music, and stars like Mariah Carey and the Carpenters continued to put their generations' spin on the season. You'll hear all of this in more in "A Modern Christmas" and "The Best Selling Christmas Songs of All Time".

The Best Selling Christmas Songs of All Time

How do you determine the greatest Christmas songs of all time? It's pretty hard to compare "Silent Night" to "Santa Baby", but we can at least look at sales numbers to find the most popular songs of the past sixty or so holiday seasons. That's exactly what pianist Bryan Pezzone has done for this album, which features songs that became synonymous with Christmas during the 20th century. These are the tunes, like "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" that have accompanied Christmas for years, now arranged for solo piano and played with Pezzone's masterful and subtle jazzy touches. With even a little latin flavor thrown in to many of these renditions, this is truly a modern collection of holiday songs.

A Modern Christmas

This fun and festive album includes holiday songs from some of the world's biggest artists, which have quickly become beloved and universally known classics. From Wham!'s "Last Christmas" and Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You", all the way to Josh Groban's "Believe" and Trans Siberian Orchestra's "Sarajevo 12/24" medley , this album covers the whole spectrum of modern holiday music. All of the songs are arranged and performed by pianist Joel Plimmer, for piano complete with full instrumental accompaniment.

- Doug