Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings

by Barbara Cook
     
 

Barbara Cook addresses seasonal music in a variety of moods and settings on Count Your Blessings. The Broadway Inspiration Voices, a 12-member, male chorus, joins her on the title song, "O Holy Night," "Silent Night," and the late-'50s McGuire Sisters song "May You Always," addingSee more details below

Overview

Barbara Cook addresses seasonal music in a variety of moods and settings on Count Your Blessings. The Broadway Inspiration Voices, a 12-member, male chorus, joins her on the title song, "O Holy Night," "Silent Night," and the late-'50s McGuire Sisters song "May You Always," adding a reverent tone to the religious songs and a jovial one to the pop tunes. "I Wonder as I Wonder," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven," and the album-closing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" employ a spare accompaniment of one or two instruments (or are rendered a cappella), giving them an intimate feel. Otherwise, Cook is backed by an orchestra in detailed orchestrations by Larry Blank that support her voice well. It is that easily identifiable voice of hers that is the album's major asset, however. Cook's warmth and sincerity as a singer (as well as her sense of fun) make her an ideal performer of Christmas music, be it sacred or secular. She is particularly affecting on the several songs that date from the 1940s and '50s (a golden age of Christmas songs), particularly "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," imparting the bittersweet tone of the original (which appeared during the war years). She joins in on a recent trend in holiday collections, incorporating songs that aren't really Christmas tunes, but that fit the mood of the season, such as "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," "May You Always," and even "Count Your Blessings" (which, although used in the 1954 film White Christmas, does not refer to the holidays directly). But that doesn't harm the overall impact of the album, which is one of the better Christmas discs of the early 21st century.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471147926
catalogNumber:
91479

Tracks

  1. Count Your Blessings  -  Broadway Inspirational Voices
  2. Winter Wonderland
  3. There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas
  4. O Holy Night  -  Broadway Inspirational Voices
  5. The Christmas Song
  6. I Wonder as I Wander
  7. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands  - Jay Berliner
  8. Away in a Manger
  9. O Little Town of Bethleham  - Susan Jolles
  10. Silent Night
  11. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  12. White Christmas
  13. Breath of Heaven  - Wally Harper
  14. May You Always  -  Broadway Inspirational Voices
  15. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas  - Jay Berliner

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbara Cook   Primary Artist
William Galison   Harmonica
Jay Berliner   Banjo,Guitar
John Beal   Acoustic Bass
Bruce Bonvissuto   Trombone
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
Paul Faulise   Trombone
Melanie Feld   English Horn,Oboe
Lawrence Feldman   Clarinet,Flute
Barry Finclair   Violin
Jack Gale   Trombone
Howard Howard   French Horn
Rebekah Johnson   Violin
Susan Jolles   Harp
Sharon Moe   French Horn
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Destin Owens   Vocals,Group Member
Michael Parloff   Flute,Alto Flute
Seymour Red Press   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute
Clay Ruede   Cello
Russ Rizner-French   French Horn
Jim Saporito   Percussion
Laura Seaton   Violin
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Bruce Wang   Cello
Roger Wendt   French Horn
Mineko Yajima   Violin
James Pugh   Trombone
Richard Brice   Viola
Paul Woodiel   Violin
David Blinn   Viola
Maura Giannini   Violin
Scott Ballantyne   Cello
Wally Harper   Piano,Conductor
Billy Porter   Vocals,Group Member
Belinda Whitney   Concert Mistress
Erik Charleston   Percussion
Michael Washington   Group Member
Darius de Haas   Vocals,Group Member
Lisa Matricardi   Violin
Robert Fowler   Vocals,Group Member
Michael McElroy   Leader,Group Member
Norm Lewis   Vocals,Group Member
Scott Cady   Piano
John Parker   Vocals
Eliseo Román   Vocals,Group Member
Dennis Stowe   Vocals,Group Member
Mary L. Rowell   Violin
Kristina Musser   Violin
Bruce Bonvisutto   Trombone
Robert Zubricki   Violin
Bradley Dean   Vocals
Rebekah Johnson   Violin
Kent Monroe   Vocals
Jary Berliner   Guitar
James Saporito   Percussion
Michael Washington   Vocals
Lanny Paykin   Cello
Howard T. Howard   French Horn

Technical Credits

John Jacob Niles   Composer
Amy Grant   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Barbara Cook   Liner Notes
Mel Tormé   Composer
Chris Eaton   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Hugh Fordin   Producer,Audio Production
Hugh Martin   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Alan Silverman   Mastering
Jule Styne   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Dick Smith   Composer
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer
Larry Blank   Orchestration
Dick Charles   Composer
Wally Harper   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production
Ralph Blane   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Phillip Brooks   Composer
Larry Markes   Composer
Traditional   Composer
LuAnn Graffeo Blonkowski   Art Direction
Lewis Redner   Composer

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