Old World Christmas
this gorgeous album of solo guitar instrumentals, Steve Baughman
returns to a time of peace and simplicity back in the old country. Much
of the music on this album was handed down to Steve from the German
side of his family. This album contains a balance of obscure and
ancient tunes and old standards. Alas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
is not on this collection.
Steve Baughman, "Old World Christmas", Solid Air Records SACD 2038, 2003
The art of arrangement is a skill learned through practice. Steve
Baughman's new disc "Old World Christmas" clearly demonstrates the
artist's inventive and insightful abilities as both a performer and an
arranger. Featuring guitar arrangements of traditional Christmas works,
this CD is a must-have for the guitar lover seeking musical holiday
ambiance which not only sets the mood, but does it with virtuosity.
Performing on both 6 and 12 string guitars, Baughman's playing is
wonderful. His choice of traditional Christmas favorites includes the
expected and the obscure. From the Medley: "The First Joy of
Mary/Shepherds", "Shake of Your Drowsy Sleep/Gloucester Wassail" to a
marvelous setting of "Joy to the World" the listener is treated to a
top-notch performance. Other favorites of note include a beautiful
rendition of "Deck the Halls", "Away in the Manger" as well as "O'
Little Town of Bethlehem". The recording quality is very nice. The
guitar parts are clear with just enough reverb to imitate a small warm
recital hall. Baughman's inclusion in the liner notes of tuning schemes
he uses, as well as historic information on the origin of each melody
is very insightful. With the holidays almost upon us, this disc will be
well-received by you and your holiday guests.
© Philip Hemmo