Breath of Heaven: A Christmas Collection

Breath of Heaven: A Christmas Collection

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by Pat Williams Orchestra
     
 

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Accompanied by Patrick Williams and his Orchestra, Vince Gill turns his personable tenor loose on a collection of Christmas standards, and the result is cool, relaxed, and engaging. The centerpiece is the reflective, hymnlike title tune, by Amy Grant and Chris Eaton, which is further blessed by one of the most sensitive interpretations Gill has recorded. This,… See more details below

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Accompanied by Patrick Williams and his Orchestra, Vince Gill turns his personable tenor loose on a collection of Christmas standards, and the result is cool, relaxed, and engaging. The centerpiece is the reflective, hymnlike title tune, by Amy Grant and Chris Eaton, which is further blessed by one of the most sensitive interpretations Gill has recorded. This, combined with the easy-going feel on the likes of "Silver Bells" and "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" and the chilling solemnity of "O Holy Night" and "O Come All Ye Faithful," vaults Breath of Heaven into the ranks of Christmas classics.

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All Music Guide - Jana Pendragon
Once again, Vince Gill rises above the commonplace and delivers a project of supreme substance and divine emotion. This holiday offering is one of the best in recent years and comparable to the popular holiday recordings of Crosby, Como, and Elvis. As far as contemporary Christmas music is concerned, Gill, backed by Patrick Williams & His Orchestra, manages to keep tradition vibrant and immediate. Uptempo tunes such as "Winter Wonderland," "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," and "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" complement more sacred offerings like "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "O Holy Night," and "O Come All Ye Faithful." Especially good is Gill's version of the rock & roll "Blue Christmas," as are his "Silver Bells" and the title cut. He also gives an essential and fundamentally emotional performance on "The Christmas Song" that seems to transcend time, space, and religious affiliation to create a moment of recorded music that is wholly and completely Christmas. Encompassing both the sacred and secular in this instant elevates Gill's performance here to classic status. Moreover, he has never sounded as rich, warm, and substantial as he does on this gift of holiday music. Experience never looked, felt, or sounded so good.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2002
Label:
Mca Special Products
UPC:
0008817003825
catalogNumber:
70038
Rank:
22982

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Performance Credits

Pat Williams Orchestra   Primary Artist
Pat Williams   Indexed Contributor
Ray Kelley   Cello
Gary Foster   Clarinet,Flute
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Patrick Williams   Conductor
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Robert Brosseau   Violin
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Darius Campo   Violin
Jon Clarke   Flute,Oboe
Mathew Cooker   Cello
Assa Drori   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Gwen Heller   Violin
Michael Lang   Piano
Charles Loper   Trombone
Barbara Northcutt   Oboe
Michael Omartian   Percussion,Keyboards
Dean Parks   Guitar
Bob Sanov   Violin
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Tina Soule   Cello
David Stenske   Violin
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Gregg Field   Drums
John Scanlon   Viola
Marcia Dickstein   Harp
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Carolyn Osborn   Violin
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Kristin Fife   Violin
Hershberger   Violin
Angela Wiegand   Flute
Keith Greene   Viola
Julie Berghofer   Harp
Jennifer Walton   Violin
Bob Becker   Viola
Larry Hall   Trumpet
Phillip Teele   Trombone
Mario de León   Violin
David H. Speltz   Cello
Raymond Tischer   Viola

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Patrick Williams   Arranger
Tony Brown   Producer
Terry Christian   Engineer
Michael Omartian   Producer
Gene Puerling   Arranger
Denny Purcell   Mastering
Schmitt   Engineer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Phillip Brooks   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Lewis Redner   Composer

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