The arrangements are nice enough. I particularly enjoyed Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring and What Child is This.
However, some of the arrangements have achieved the complexity a bit cheaply. In particular, in some pieces the right hand is just playing the chord underneath the melody without fleshing out a separate harmony. For an example of what I mean, compare Jingle Bells with Oh Come All Ye Faithful. Sometimes the complexity even (in my opinion) interferes with the tone of the piece itself, such as in Silent Night's middle section where the left hand goes on arpeggio steroids.
This doesn't happen in all pieces, and many are interesting, but it happened enough for me to notice it while going through the pieces.
In accordance with the guidelines, I've been playing piano for around 18 or 19 years now; have a number of exams under my belt, so fairly proficient.
Despite this, overall, the collection is nice enough to warrant the purchase.
by anonymouson December 23rd, 2011
Some nice variations of several Christmas songs, both Christian and popular. Definitely on the high end of advanced level of difficulty on many of the pieces.
by Hélène Charleson November 15th, 2010
I've only tried "Carol of the bell" and I love the version...the difficulty is due to get notes with the right hand.
J'aime cette version...ce qui rend difficile l'exécution des morceaux, ou plutôt du morceau (je n'ai essayé que "Carol of the bell", c'est d'attraper toutes les notes de la main droite...
Over ambitious novice did not look enough!
by anonymouson January 6th, 2010
When I looked a the first piece I knew I was in trouble. It is far beyound my present ability.
I did not catch the word "advanced". My error so I will live with it. From what I see it lives up to it's name.
by anonymouson October 26th, 2009
These are very nice arrangements. Probably the best christmas music I've ever heard. Some of them are more difficult than others (Twinckle Twinckle little star is challenging). But overall, the music sounds great. I highly recommend it.
Good songs, easy to learn
by anonymouson December 28th, 2008
The arrangements were good and the level of difficulty was fairly easy for anyone who has had a few years of piano lessons.
by Annaon December 3rd, 2008
i found these pieces really easy to follow and easy to play! even though i have lots of music experience i think begginers would catch on quite quick to these tunes.
by Cindy Smithon September 10th, 2008
I truly enjoy this music. I rated it medium/high rather than high because I could play it without too much difficulty. I am an accomplished pianist but I don't have time to practice all that much, so I get a little rusty. This music is easy enough to play but it sounds much harder than it is. They are beautiful arrangements. I am enjoying practicing them for use this Christmas. This is a great item for a great price!
These arrangements are very rich in sound, and will greatly impress your audience. I reccommend them to both amateur and advanced pianists as a very neat Christmas repertoire. These variations are not too hard to play, and could be easily learned in a couple weeks by anyone who can read music (except for the last two variations in 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star').
They are very easy to sing along with. Furthermore, the selection of Christmas carols is very pleasant, ranging from a joyful 'Jingle Bells' to a very romantic 'What Child is This'.