The Nativity (Cinematic Christmas Carols)
Musical By: Various Artists
Performed By: London Music Works
Soundtrack Distributed by: Silva Screen Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Ah, Christmas time – time when radio stations play contemporary Christmas tunes, while I break out a mix of the classics and today's hits. I love Christmas music and this time of year, I look for Christmas sounds I’ve never heard before…or new twists on old favorites. That’s where The Nativity (Cinematic Christmas Carols) from Silva Screen Records comes in.
Released this November in digital and CD format, The Nativity (Cinematic Christmas Carols) features sixteen tracks of Christmas music re-imagined in dramatic cinematic style by such notable composers as Evan Jolly, Steve Mazarro, Matt Nicholson, Blake Robinson, Christopher Slaski, Scott Buckley, Piotr Musial and Henri Vartio. Each track is performed masterfully by London Music Works, employing orchestral as well as electronic instrumentation.
While I was underwhelmed by the short opening introductory track, Carol of the Bells, I was immediately wowed by the version of O Holy Night that followed. This is not your mama’s Christmas music! No, this is an over the top affair that you can imagine playing as background music to some action film set during Christmas. Some songs are new to me like Once in Royal David's City and In the Bleak Midwinter, while others are very well known such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Angels We Have Heard on High, O Christmas Tree, O Come All Ye Faithful and more. But I can guarantee you have never heard Christmas music performed in this way.
The Nativity (Cinematic Christmas Carols) takes Christmas songs to a whole new level. This is not music created for the Yule Log, I can attest to that! This is a new and highly imaginative way to enjoy your holiday favorites. What an interesting and innovative look at the Christmas carols we all know and love. For those who grow tired of listening to the same Christmas music every year, I highly recommend The Nativity (Cinematic Christmas Carols) – you won’t be disappointed!