Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Eve/Sarajevo

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.

(* Be patient with the annoying advertisement in the beginning; it’s well worth the wait. *)



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5 comments:

  1. Yes, that's a GREAT video! And I remember well seeing photos of that lone cellist playing classical music amidst the rubble of Sarajevo to honour the victims of that war despite the danger to his own life. What a contrast between the best and worst that humans can create.

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  2. Great music and video - I wonder if it was 'ol Santa himself who let the kitten back in from the cold...

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  3. @Debra: He was quite an inspiration. Amidst all the ugliness in the world are incredible people.

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    @WebDebris: They are amazing. I picked up their 'Christmas Eve and Other Stories' CD. The music on it is amazing.

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    @Jane: That would be nice. It's such a sweet way to end this amazing video.

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    @dirtynailz: Thank you :) You too! All the best for 2012.

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