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To discover the Story & Intent of the Album,
Christmas Passion Digital Libretto.
Here's a small sampling of what is on the album!
Tracks are Listed Below
These comments are posted with permission:
“I listened to the collective works from your Christmas Passion CD with the intent to lull myself to sleep last night. My first thought was how taken aback I was with such rich and detailed symphonies of color and texture and mood - and how it all came together in creating such an incredibly adorned soundtrack. It kept me awake instead of bringing me to La-La Land! Typically, I am a person who places tracks in a list of most emotional response. I didn't have a choice this time. Each one was not only completely atypical to the "standards" one expects when it comes to traditional holiday music (which made me pay attention to where it was "going" and what was ahead) each one could easily lay weight and depth as a gorgeous, emotional and meaningful voice to a blockbuster movie. I adore it. I am, frankly and truly, in awe of this collection coming to light at your hands. This collection creates a melancholy, poignant and emotional soundscape that has moved me deeply.” Brian La Fountain
“I happened to be listening to it (Christmas Passion) as I scrolled by. Beautiful beyond words. A tidal wave of emotions hits your ears and at times washes your heart and at other times pools in your eyes. A musical journey to a higher communion.” Tony Sullo
“I finally had a quiet time in the house with no one around so I could ABSORB your Christmas Passion CD. I have so much to say about each phenomenal piece! First, we have the same list of favorites – I mean, exactly, down to In the Deep Midwinter. I’m so glad that I didn’t downloaded anything yet because I liked the suspense of wondering which song would come next. Then, the casting – the voices were so perfect in every way for the storytelling. This is the first time I’ve heard these tunes sung so personally and they brought tears more than once. The tenderness was soooo present… And, it’s impossible to pick a favorite because each one is so exquisite! The content is SO MUCH! Thank you, dear friend, for always holding the lamp high so the heart can find its way. Hope Fitzgerald
'Christmas Passion' is a phenomenal album. Stephen Melillo has brought such freshness to these traditional works and really breathed new life into them. They've been arranged with such deep sensitivity to the subject matter. I especially loved the arrangements of 'Emmanuel', 'Ave Maria', and 'Angels We Have Heard On High' - which literally brought tears to my eyes with its soaring strings, brass and vocals cascading over one another in the second half. 'The 12 Days and 15 Keys of Christmas' is such a brilliant and fun arrangement (the kind you can envisage going viral on YouTube with a capella groups performing it!); hats off to Armand Hutton for his stellar vocal maneuverings through all 15 keys! 'Rest Not Ye Merry Gentlemen' is an unexpected take on an old classic that renders it truly epic! I loved the contrasting styles! They help to tell the story and create a feeling of moving from one 'scene' to another, not just from one 'song' to another, as though you're listening to a recording of a stage show - which this certainly could (and should!) be. Congratulations to Stephen Melillo and to all the wonderful vocalists who brought this amazing project to life. I will enjoy listening to this year after year. Caroline Alexander, United Kingdom
"WOW! Steve, what wonderful, refreshing, realistic, bursts away from the ordinary!
I can never hear those hymns again as before!
Thanks for sharing the trailer. May God bless the sales!"
Sr. MAZ, my 7th grade teacher who also helped me with "Ahab, a Love Story!"
Download your Christmas Passion Digital Libretto here and learn more about the Album!
Attention Band/Orchestra & Choral Directors, if you would like to see a Grade 4-5 Score to "Angels We Have Heard On High," just send an email.