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Unforgotten Christmas is the third and newest release (2007) in a series of eight "Un" recordings by pianist Christopher Finkelmeyer. Fans of the series have come to expect the unexpected in an "Un" recording. This time it takes the form of original music.

Along with Finkelmeyer's hallmark lush tone, stunning musicality and masterful technique, Unforgotten Christmas distinguishes itself by the fact that fourteen, of the seventeen cuts (including the special minidisk), are his own Original Concert Improvisations on the Sacred Themes of Christmas.

"What an awesome, awesome artist Christopher Finkelmeyer is!"

—Ilene Angel, songwriter, Disney Radio's 'Top 10 List'

Whereas Passionately Unstuffed and Unspoken take the listener on a journey via the colorful, direct essays in their respective booklets, Unforgotten Christmas is a uniquely individual encounter, with no guide whatsoever, except for the listener's own experiences as he meets the familiar melodies of sacred Christmas music woven within a tapestry of exotic and classical harmonies.

A special recording on separate minidisk accompanies "Unforgotten Christmas". It includes the single, 'Hymn to the Forgotten Soldier' written by Finkelmeyer as a reminder not to forget the men and women who return home from war.

Perfect for a quiet evening alone, driving in traffic or accompanying an elegant Christmas dinner, Unforgotten Christmas with its lovely music, beautiful packaging, and special minidisk makes a truly memorable gift for hostesses, housewarmings, teachers, friends and family.

Unforgotten Christmas

  • Unforgotten Christmas was recorded in the Adoration Chapel of a convent.

  • The chapel is made of marble and wood, and has a 6-story high ceiling — a very 'acoustically-friendly' combo!

  • The nun who was in charge of the chapel brought Chris and the recording engineer a piece of pie every day during the sessions.

  • If you're ever in Brescia, Italy, stop by their museum and take a look at the original 16th century painting that's on the cover of the CD.

  • During the editing process, a strange yet hauntingly beautiful choir mysteriously appeared on one of the tracks. Strange because there were no choirs singing within miles of the chapel during the actual recording. The choir eventually disappeared as mysteriously as it had first appeared.

  • While the title 'Concert Improvisations' refers to both the technical difficulty of the pieces and their improvisatory nature, it in fact took nearly 2 years to compose this CD.

  • Francis Poulenc also titled a group of his compositions 'Improvisations' celebrating people he knew or felt connected to.
  • Leonard Bernstein did the same, but he called his compositions 'Anniversaries'.

“His improvisations evoke feelings that might well have been experienced by Christians of old, when a holy day was not merely a holiday...”

—Amazon.com customer review, L. Harris, Mount Pleasant, SC


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Silent Night

Ave Maria

Away in a Manger / Gesù Bambino

Intermezzo in Eb Major

O Holy Night

In the Bleak Midwinter

Ding Dong Merrily on High

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

What Child Is This?

Come All Ye Shepherds

Awake the Voice Commands

I Wonder As I Wander

The Ballad of Jesus Christ


Hymn to the Forgotten Soldier

The First Noel