This instrumental medley of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Carol of the Bells" was first released on the ‘Savatage’ album ‘Dead Winter Dead’ in 1995 as "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)." It was re-released by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a side project of several Savatage members, on TSO's 1996 debut album Christmas Eve and Other Stories. The piece describes a lone cello player playing a forgotten Christmas carol in war-torn Sarajevo.
This is one of the most beautiful, magical holiday videos I have ever watched. And the music is outstanding. Please take a moment to watch it; you won’t regret it.
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