Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This was a from a lot of Christmas records I purchased from a Canadian dealer off eBay earlier this year.
I know of only one other Christmas zither album - that would be the excellent Ruth Welcome "Christmas In Zitherland" LP (which our friend Ernie shared out at his blog - you da man, Ernie!)
Sebastian Fichtl was born and raised in historic Salzburg, Austria. After his early lessons with the zither, he would go on to continue his studies under Professor Franz Brandlhofer, Austria's renowned zither virtuoso. He would later emigrate to Canada where this album was issued in the 1970s.
There are some great covers of "Rudolph", "O Tannenbaum", and "Silent Night". There's also one original song - the title track which is haunting and beautiful at the same time. The rest of the tracks are German Christmas songs given the full zither treatment.
If it seems that there are more songs listed than recorded, in several cases Sebastian recorded two songs within one track - there was no break in the record so I treated these as medleys.
Sebastian's Zither - Christmas Dreams