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Our Favourite Things
     

Our Favourite Things

by Tony Bennett
 

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Christmas is a time when young and old gather together to celebrate. Here, in this live concert from Vienna, veteran singers Tony Bennett and Placido Domingo are joined by Vanessa Williams and the amazing Charlotte Church. Backed by lush accompaniments from the Vienna Symphony and a small jazz group, the all-star vocal quartet offer yuletide favorites (including

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Christmas is a time when young and old gather together to celebrate. Here, in this live concert from Vienna, veteran singers Tony Bennett and Placido Domingo are joined by Vanessa Williams and the amazing Charlotte Church. Backed by lush accompaniments from the Vienna Symphony and a small jazz group, the all-star vocal quartet offer yuletide favorites (including "Winter Wonderland," "Silent Night," "The First Noel," and "Joy to the World") and some lovely Spanish carols ("Hacia Bellen va un Burro" and "Hijo de Dios") in a heart-warming brew of classical, jazz, and popular styles. Church's angelic rendition of "Silent Night" is a touching highlight, but the merriment begins when the singers join their voices together, as in Bennett and Domingo's duet, "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

Also available: An exclusive B&N limited edition, containing two bonus tracks.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
A mix of traditional and pop Christmas favorites along the lines of the Three Tenors' holiday album, Our Favorite Things: Christmas in Vienna features solo and ensemble performances from Tony Bennett, Placido Domingo, Charlotte Church, and Vanessa Williams. For the most part, these singers' very different sounds blend harmoniously, particularly on "I Saw Three Ships," "Joy to the World," and the album's penultimate of "Silent Night," on which all four vocalists share the verses. Bennett's renditions of "The Christmas Song" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" are warmly sophisticated, as usual; Domingo's highlights include "Hijo de Dios" and "Jesus de Nazareth"; Williams' soulful vocals enliven "Do You Hear What I Hear"; and Church's crystalline voice is a perfect match for "Silent Night." Our Favorite Things' ultra-traditional, orchestral arrangements manage to sound timeless instead of dated, though at times they sound somewhat schmaltzy instead of sophisticated. Nevertheless, the album is a pleasantly mellow, refined collection of holiday standards by new and old traditionalists.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998946828
catalogNumber:
89468

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Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Vanessa Williams   Track Performer
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Plácido Domingo   Track Performer
Clayton Cameron   Drums
Paul Langosch   Bass
Alan Pasqua   Piano
Gray Sargent   Guitar
Elisabeth Ziegler   Choir Director
Steven Mercurio   Conductor
Charlotte Church   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bobby Womack   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Audio Production
Julian Smith   Arranger
Robert Wolf   Engineer
Grace Row   Producer,Audio Production
Charles Harbutt   Engineer
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Lawrence Dominello   Orchestration
Traditional   Composer
Eleanor Becker   Editorial Production
Julio C. Reyes   Orchestration
Laraine Perri   Executive Producer
Gloria Shayne Baker   Composer
Leon X A Schleinger   Composer

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