In a time of year when established Christmas hits are already everywhere and you might be at risk of getting tired of Noddy Holder (in fact, when is that not the case?), Craig Ogden is offering an alternative with this classy Christmas release. Having already won Classical chart number 1′s with summer releases in recent years, guitarist Ogden has turned his hand to a festive release this time.
Out now through Universal, this album sees the Australian born classical artist playing a collection of 16 recognisable Christmas tunes primarily on solo guitar. The intricate new arrangements give the familiar tunes a genuinely different tone, coming together to create a relaxed, low key vibe with his highly impressive playing.
Released in association with Classic FM, it’s no surprise to learn that the production of this album is excellent, with each strum and pick captured brilliantly. With such well known tracks to choose from, it would be easy for Ogden to play these songs simply, but some of his counter melodies and rhythms offer really fresh takes on well known classics.