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Widely considered the best handbell group in the US.

-- Sarah Cahill
East Bay Express

Their music stunned us all. The four thousand audience members went wild, just as we knew they would.

-- Garrison Keillor
Host, A Prairie Home Companion

Olympians of handbell ringers.

-- Joyce Johnson Hamilton
Music Director, Diablo Symphony

The musicianship ... is solid, and the musical values regarding repertoire and its execution are invariably of the highest order. So is the sound.

-- David Vernier

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Contrasts (CD)


Release Date: 12/01/06
Running Time: 55 min.
Media Type: CD

Quick Overview

Sonos' sixth recording explores the contrasts in American and Asian music.

Product Description

Released in December of 2006, Sonos' sixth recording explores the contrasts in American and Asian music. William Billings' Chester, Charles Ives' Serenity and George Gershwins' tour-de-force Porgy and Bess paired off against spirituals, folksongs and the pop classic I Left My Heart in San Francisco are contrasted with the classic beauty of Japan's ancient and modern musical heritage. Sakura, Sakura, Red Dragonfly and a stunning arrangement of three timeless folksongs evoke the classic sounds and energy of this beautiful country.

Track List

  1. Chester, William Billings, arr. Meredith   play
  2. Suite from Porgy and Bess, Dubose Hayward, Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin, arr. Meredith   play
  3. Wade in the Water, Spiritual, arr. Meredith   play
  4. To a Humming Bird, Edward MacDowell, arr. Meredith   play
  5. Serenity, Charles Ives, arr. Meredith   play
  6. Mountain Habanera, Traditional American, arr. Meredith   play
  7. I Left My Heart in San Francisco, Douglas Cross, George Corey, arr. Fink-Hein/Meredith   play
  8. Song of the Seashore (Hamabe No Uta) 浜辺のうた , Tamezo Narita, arr. Meredith   play
  9. Parade of the Shogun (Oedo Nihon Bashi) お江戸日本橋, Traditional Japanese, arr. Kodama/Maruyama   play
  10. Le P'ing, Traditional Chinese, arr. Garee   play
  11. Sakura Melody Fanfare (Sakura, Sakura) さくらさくら, Traditional Japanese, arr. Kodama   play
  12. Red Dragonfly (Akatonbo) 赤とんぼ, Kosaku Yamada, arr. Meredith   play
  13. Cherry Blossom (Hana) 花, Rentaro Taki, arr. Meredith   play
  14. Echoes of Ancient Japan, Traditional Japanese, arr. Meredith   play

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