During my career as a concert band musician, I've performed Russian Christmas Music no less than three times. Luckily for me, I love it. It is, without question, one of my very favorite concert band pieces. My favorite part is right near the end, in what Reed called the "Cathedral Chorus" section. Starting at 14:22, there's a gorgeous, soaring French horn line that is so much fun to play that by itself almost makes up for the countless crappy horn parts I had to put up with.
Alfred Reed & Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra - Russian Christmas Music (MP3, 14.8MB)
Previous Advent posts:
2003: Father, Long Your People Waited
2004: St. Joseph Carving
2005: 'Twas only joy the angel sang
2006: Is There a Santa Claus?
2007: Star of the Hero