A Classic Christmas

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Having already cut a classic country Christmas album with her mom Christmas Time with the Judds, Wynonna continues her artistic resurgence with a solo Yuletide album that shows a mature singer at her best. Working with the two mainmen behind the Judds' timeless music producers/arrangers Don Potter and Brent Maher, and employing master string arranger Bergen White, Wynonna delivers a stirring, concise 11 tracks holiday greeting, its first half being a warm, cozy call to luxuriate in seasonal joys such as homecomings "I'll Be Home for Christmas", wistful reflections on seasonal totems that make the Yuletide gay "The Christmas Song", the allure of nature's distinctive ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Having already cut a classic country Christmas album with her mom Christmas Time with the Judds, Wynonna continues her artistic resurgence with a solo Yuletide album that shows a mature singer at her best. Working with the two mainmen behind the Judds' timeless music producers/arrangers Don Potter and Brent Maher, and employing master string arranger Bergen White, Wynonna delivers a stirring, concise 11 tracks holiday greeting, its first half being a warm, cozy call to luxuriate in seasonal joys such as homecomings "I'll Be Home for Christmas", wistful reflections on seasonal totems that make the Yuletide gay "The Christmas Song", the allure of nature's distinctive wintertime palette "Winter Wonderland", and a requisite touch of melancholy to balance out the emotions "White Christmas". The final five songs in the sequence honor the season's sacred side, Wynonna turning stately and reverent on "Ave Maria," "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," "O Holy Night," and "Silent Night." The lush orchestrations and silky backing choruses are reminiscent of the approaches that Frank Sinatra and Nat "King" Cole took on their great Christmas albums of yore, but vocally Wy settles down partly in R&B territory, partly on pop turf, her phrasing and sensuality reminiscent of both Etta James and Rosie Clooney. Sounding completely at home in this mode, she effortlessly reinvigorates the well-worn repertoire by simply letting the songs come to her. There's nothing bombastic or contrived. A lovely, spare country ballad, "It's the Messiah," closes things out, and Wy's voice, set against a delicately fingerpicked acoustic guitar, is a thing of beauty in this pristine setting. In the end, the album title is most apt.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Wynonna isn't kidding around by calling her 2006 holiday album A Classic Christmas. This is as old-fashioned as it gets, from its string-saturated arrangements to its selection of songs -- all classic carols and holiday tunes, and evenly divided between the two categories, too, with the popular standards taking over the first half and the more religious tunes on the second. But old-fashioned hardly means bad, particularly when Christmas records are concerned, since familiarity hardly breeds contempt with holiday albums: instead, it breeds comfort. So, the fact that there are no surprises at all on A Classic Christmas is a blessing -- it makes it sound like an old favorite upon the first listen. And almost all of that is down to Wynonna herself, who gives an easy, relaxed, charming performance here, one of her most natural in years. It's warm and friendly, as if she were casually singing around the Christmas tree, and it gives the album a warm, friendly charm as well, helping A Classic Christmas live up to the standard its title promises.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Curb Special Markets
  • UPC: 715187895522
  • Catalog Number: 78955
  • Sales rank: 81,095

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wynonna Judd Primary Artist
Wynonna Indexed Contributor
Jack Jezzro Strings
Cindy Reynolds Wyatt Harp
Don Potter Guitar
David Angell Strings
Eddie Bayers Drums
Travis Cottrell Choir, Chorus
David Davidson Strings
Connie Ellisor Strings
Carl Gorodetzky Strings
Jim Grosjean Strings
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
David Huntsinger Piano
Mark Ivey Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Anthony LaMarchina Strings
Paul Leim Drums
Steve Nathan Piano
Craig Nelson Upright Bass
Louis Dean Nunley Choir, Chorus
Lisa Silver Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Soprano (Vocal)
Pamela Sixfin Strings
Alan Umstead Strings
Catherine Umstead Strings
Gary VanOsdale Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Strings
Bergen White Conductor, Background Vocals
Kristin Wilkinson Strings
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Keith Nicholas Strings
Marabeth Jordon Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Monisa Angell Strings
Julie Tanner Strings
Bruce Christensen Strings
Cate Myer Strings
Janet Askey Strings
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen Strings
Lynn Peithman Strings
Shane McConnell Choir, Chorus
Bill Woodworth English Horn, Oboe
Kira Small Choir, Chorus
Sarighani Reist Strings
Julia Emahiser Strings
Elijah Judd Background Vocals
Grace Judd Background Vocals
Jenna Maher Background Vocals
Joel Reist Strings
Calvin Smith Strings, French Horn
Technical Credits
Franz Schubert Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Don Potter Arranger, Composer, Producer
Franz Gruber Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Carl Gorodetzky String Contractor
Walter Kent Composer
Brent Maher Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Hugh Martin Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Bergen White Arranger
Dick Smith Composer
Ralph Blane Composer
Kerry Hansen Management
Joseph Mohr Composer
Glenn Sweitzer Art Direction
Traditional Composer
Charles Yingling Engineer
Linda Carbone Publicity
Brian Krause Engineer
Tami Olin Management
Jennifer Witherell Management
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    You would NEVER guess from the vocal ability who this singer is if you didn't know before you heard this CD---Rosemary Clooney or Renee Fleming??

    One December morning in 2006 the TV was on in a different room when I heard someone singing "Ave Maria" in LATIN on one of the morning shows. As I stepped back into the room to see who it was, I caught a glimpse of red hair and immediately thought it was Renee Fleming, the great opera star.
    At the end of the song the show's host thanked WYNONNA JUDD and said her new cd A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS was currently in stores. In fact, it was sold out everywhere I went so I ordered it from B&N.
    It is such a special collection of "CLASSIC CHRISTMAS" favorites that you truly have to listen to it to believe me. I can only say that while I knew who Wynonna was I had not bought any of her other cds. Since 2006, I have given dozens of this cd as holiday gifts to eveyone I know!
    The sheer depth of vocal talent on this collection transends her status as a country music superstar!

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