Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|A Christmas Experiment / The Canadian Brass|
Actor: Canadian Brass
Director: Canadian Brass
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
The top brass quintet in the world recruits their own kids to help create a unique Christmas pageant. Together they weave a tapestry of visual elements through 15 segments, each built around a particular Christmas carol.Th... more »
An absolute delight!
nemrac | USA | 07/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is our family favourite video. The songs line up of this production is very natural, from the festive "Sleigh Runners" opening featuring the kids playing the percussion, through secular favourites to the more religious songs and ending with "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "O Christmas Tree" featuring Ron Romm in a Christmas Tree costume going across the stage. The music arrangement is fantastic. Beautiful counterpoints. The Canadian Brass performance is as usual, wonderful. Despite what some reviewers of the older release feeling that this is not as polished as they expected, the children's choir and dance performances are really top notched and add to fullness of it. The scenes are rich with pretty sets to faces filled with expressions. There are lots of lovely touches from the costumes to the use of Ophelia the dog and other real animals. There are details like the backstage shots and the camel in the "We Three Kings" segment. All of these resulted in a program with lots of holiday spirits, a delight to young and old alike.
What the product description doesn't mention is that the show is not just produced on one stage. There are off stage sets, and outdoor scenes-- "Jingle Bells" features a sleigh rides and "Sweet Songs of Christmas" includes beautiful ice dancing of a professional ice dancing couple. It is really a well balanced program. So well done that I don't mind having to watch it daily for 3+ months! (Yes, that's a little extreme, but I have a preschooler. This is much better than a lot of things a young child might demand!)
I do have to say that my husband wasn't too excited about the video at first. However, it grew on him and it is now our comfort video of sorts. It's great to watch whether you're decorating a Christmas tree or just because. We especially recommend this video to family with small children. It's a wonderful way to introduce them to good music and my little one has effortlessly learned all the popular Christmas songs, secular and religious. It also presents to her the popular ideas behind Christmas. It really is great!
Note: I have the older DVD release from 2000. The cover of this one looks much better, though I'm now suspecting my 2000 copy's authenticity (I ordered the older version from one of Amazon sellers two years ago and the cover looks like a cheap copy and I've just noticed a typo on the back cover!). So if you're choosing between this one and the older release, I suggest ordering this newer one directly from a reputable seller.
(For those of you who are interested in introducing more music to your toddlers' lives, I also recommend another video of Barbara Willis Sweete. We stumbled upon the "Falling Down Stairs - Bach Cello Suite #3" from the "Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach" series at our local library. The dance choreographed by Mark Morris beautifully adds to the already wonderful music. It's another of our delights.)