Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

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by Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
     
 
Home for the Holidays offers familiar Christmas music in light classical and easy listening arrangements, performed with festive cheer by John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Featured performers include tenor

Overview

Home for the Holidays offers familiar Christmas music in light classical and easy listening arrangements, performed with festive cheer by John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Featured performers include tenor Rodrick Dixon, violinists Timothy Lees and Gabriel Pegis, and pianist Julie Spangler, and the orchestra is joined by the May Festival Chorus and the Winton Woods High School Varsity Ensemble, so there is a fairly wide variety of vocal, choral, and instrumental settings of these perennial favorites. The scoring of the orchestra is quite lush and warm, typical of pops fare, and the overall moods of the CD are sweet, sentimental, and nostalgic, reminiscent of many commercial holiday albums that were popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Because this package is unpretentious and relaxed in atmosphere, it will appeal to casual listeners and find a practical use as background music for Christmas parties. But be sure to adjust the volume to a comfortable level for home listening, because the music is sometimes big and brassy.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2012
Label:
Fanfare Cincinnati
UPC:
0870362000013
catalogNumber:
1
Rank:
142004

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra   Primary Artist,Performing Ensemble
New York Voices   Choir, Chorus
Julie Spangler   Piano
Robert Porco   Choir Director
David Bell   Ensemble Director
Brian Stokes Mitchell   Narrator
Timothy Lees   Violin
John Morris Russell   Conductor
May Festival Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Rodrick Dixon   Tenor (Vocal)
Winton Woods Varsity Ensemble   Ensemble
Gabriel Pegis   Violin
Alma Russell   Narrator

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Georges Bizet   Composer
Edward Elgar   Original Material
Morton Gould   Arranger
Charles Gounod   Composer
Antonio Vivaldi   Original Material
Leroy Anderson   Composer
Robert Allen   Composer
Elaine Martone   Producer
Darmon Meader   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
David Snyder   Arranger
Julie Spangler   Arranger
Stillman   Lyricist
Hershy Kay   Arranger
Arthur Harris   Arranger,Orchestration
Michael Brorby   Engineer
John Henry Hopkins   Composer
Trish Carmichael   Cover Design,Photo Illustration
Joseph D. Price   Arranger
Timothy Berens   Composer
Leon Jessel   Composer
David Hamilton   Arranger
John Morris Russell   Composer,Liner Notes,Choral Adaptation
Michael Bishop   Engineer
Steven Reineke   Arranger
Steven Amundson   Composer
Wesley Whatley   Composer
William Schermerhorn   Lyricist

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Home for the Holidays 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MelissaohMS More than 1 year ago
This one will stay in my stereo all season!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous album! John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops have done an amazing job. This will be in my holiday rotation this season and for years to come!
EricaNM More than 1 year ago
Loving this album... it'll be on repeat throughout Christmas for me. My favorite is a tie between "Yes Virginia..." (because of Brian Stokes Mitchell!!) and the Ave Maria arrangement. Simply beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this disc!
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JimD More than 1 year ago
John Morris Russell's first recording as conductor of the Cincinnati Pops is a seasonal collection of many of the usual suspects, with the orchestra joined by two choruses and the New York Voices. Tenor Rodrick Dixon delivers a thrilling "O Holy Night" that should have been placed near the end of the program to serve as its climax, instead of being its second track. Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell doesn't sing, but reads the famous "Yes, Virginia" editorial to the accompaniment of Elgar's "Nimrod." Yes, Virginia, it's heavy-handed and sentimental, and few will reach the end with a dry eye. The orchestra's instrumental soloists are also featured, in a new arrangement of Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" (piano) and in a clever blending of Vivaldi's "Winter" and "O Hanukkah" (violin). Good playing, good sound, good fun. Total timing of the disc is less than an hour, but it never wears out its welcome, which is more than can be said for some holiday guests.