The companion album to 2011's Christmas Symphony, Mannheim Steamroller's 2013 holiday collection Christmas Symphony II features more of the popular new age/pop-classical crossover/electro-prog outfit's songs reworked as orchestral recordings. As with the previous album, here we get 13 of Mannheim Steamroller's holiday recordings expanded upon with help from the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. These are essentially the same arrangements, but with some of the synthesizers and electronic sounds replaced by warm acoustic strings and percussion. Ultimately, Christmas Symphony II is yet another way for longtime Mannheim Steamroller fans, and newcomers alike, to enjoy these much-loved arrangements.
Performance CreditsMannheim Steamroller Primary Artist
Jackson Berkey Piano,Harpsichord
Ron Cooley Acoustic Guitar,Lute
Chip Davis Drums,Recorder
Roxanne Layton Recorder
Arnie Roth Conductor
Jeff Handley Percussion,Timpani
Michael Keefe Piano,Harpsichord
Tom Sharpe Drums
Technical CreditsGeorge Frideric Handel Composer
John Rutter Director
Mannheim Steamroller Instrumentation
Chip Davis Arranger,Composer,Programming,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Cover Design,Creation
Arnie Roth Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Gloria Shayne Composer
Eric Roth Programming,Orchestral Arrangements
Jan Holzner Pro-Tools
Oldrich Slezak Pro-Tools
James R. Murray Composer
Robert Burns Composer
Chris Szuberla Programming
Jerry Blackstone Director
James Taylor Cover Design
Mat Prock Programming
Bernard de la Monnoye Composer
John Hopkins Composer
Mathew Prock Engineer
Jeanne Johnson Layout
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony II based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas CDs only get better. The Czech Philharmonic Symphony brings depth that synthesizers cannot. This is a most enjoyable collection.
I bought this because I enjoyed an old vinyl, I think, recording we had. This is less electronic and does not have the same flavor. It is generally enjoyable but nothing special.
Another in the remixes of Mannheim Steamroller's hits - if you've enjoyed their previous recordings, you'll like this one too.