Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album

Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album

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by Tony Bennett
     
 

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Repackaging Tony Bennett's classic and classy 1968 holiday album with a bonus DVD, this warm affair features the interpreter supreme in small-combo settings backed by orchestra and with full choir and orchestra. We get both sides of Bennett: his stentorian singing style as well as the more subtle, sensitive approach he employs on his best pop albums. The title song is… See more details below

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Repackaging Tony Bennett's classic and classy 1968 holiday album with a bonus DVD, this warm affair features the interpreter supreme in small-combo settings backed by orchestra and with full choir and orchestra. We get both sides of Bennett: his stentorian singing style as well as the more subtle, sensitive approach he employs on his best pop albums. The title song is a first-rate evocation of the Yuletide ambiance, with Bennett's gentle voice rising over a swirling wash of woodwinds and strings, establishing a comfortable mise-en-scène for the forthcoming traditional carols and holiday fare. A Christmas medley comprising "We Wish You a Merry Christmas/ Silent Night/ O Come, All Ye Faithful/ Jingle Bells/ Where Is Love" is a marvel of contrasting moods -- reverent, celebratory, even melancholy (the lush, crying strings on "Where Is Love" underscore the singer's search for something he lost and now desperately needs to find)-- and spirited ensemble singing, with Bennett sometimes harmonizing with the choir, at other times soaring majestically above their smooth crooning, thus adding an unusual degree of emotional edge to the performance. Enduring standards such as "White Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland" are, respectively, introspective and muted and swinging and festive, beautiful renditions coming from entirely different perspectives. New to this reissue is a more recent, toe-tappin', finger-snappin' small-combo workout with the Ralph Sharon Trio on "I'll Be Home for Christmas," from Bennett's appearance on Jon Stewart's show. The DVD features five stellar performances from the artist's warmhearted 1992 TV special, Tony Bennett: A Family Christmas. Even before this new edition appeared, Snowfall was a Yuletide classic comparable to Sinatra's and Elvis's best Christmas offerings. Suffice it to say, nothing's changed in that regard.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With British arranger/conductor Robert Farnon handling the transatlantic sessions, Tony Bennett's 1968 Christmas album turned into a swinging affair, from the version of "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music (how did this song become associated with Christmas?) to seasonal standards like "White Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Bennett's warm style was especially winning on this kind of material, making an inevitable assignment a winning combination of singer and songs. [In 1994, Columbia Records added one track -- a version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" recorded on The Jon Stewart Show -- and reissued Snowfall on CD. That track was also included on Legacy's 2007 reissue, along with an additional DVD of bonus material.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886971591026
catalogNumber:
715910

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. My Favorite Things
  2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  3. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
  4. Medley: We Wish You a Merry Christmas/Silent Night, Holy Night/O Come A
  5. Christmasland
  6. I Love the Winter Weather/I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  7. White Christmas
  8. Winter Wonderland
  9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  10. Snowfall
  11. I'll Be Home for Christmas

Disc 2

  1. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  2. Christmas in Herald Square
  3. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
  4. I'll Be Home for Christmas
  5. Toyland/Deck the Halls/Toyland

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist
John Bunch   Piano
Dick Hyman   Celeste
Lou McGarity   Trombone
Johnny Messner   Trombone
David Nadien   Violin,Concert Master
Gloria Agostini   Harp
Adrienne Albert   Choir, Chorus
Lamar Alsop   Violin
Seymour Barab   Cello
Alfred Brown   Viola
Frederick Buldrini   Violin
David Carey   Percussion
Francine Caroll   Choir, Chorus
Harold Coletta   Viola
Bert Collins   Trumpet
DeRisi   Trumpet
Joseph DeAngelis   French Horn
Robert Farnon   Conductor
Paul Faulise   Bass Trombone
John Frosk   Trumpet
Barry Galbraith   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gerald Tarack   Violin
Harry Glickman   Violin
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Sol Gubin   Drums
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Robert Hartman   Choir, Chorus
Milt Hinton   Bass Viol
Marilyn Jackson   Choir, Chorus
Harold Kohon   Violin
Jack Lesberg   Bass Viol
Walter Levinsky   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Charles Libove   Violin
Charles Magruder   Choir, Chorus
June Magruder   Choir, Chorus
Joseph Malin   Violin
Linda November   Choir, Chorus
Romeo Penque   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Nick Perito   Celeste
John Pintavalle   Violin
Max Pollikoff   Violin
Matthew Raimondi   Violin
Aaron Rosand   Violin
Julius Schachter   Violin
Sol Schlinger   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,E-flat Clarinet
Lucien Schmit   Cello
David Schwartz   Viola
Joseph Singer   French Horn
Joe Soldo   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Anthony Sophos   Cello
Nathan Stutch   Cello
Bob Tricarico   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Dick Williams   Choir, Chorus
Emanuel Vardi   Viola
Mary Sue Berry   Choir, Chorus
William Slapin   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Lois Winter   Choir, Chorus
Lillian Clark   Choir, Chorus
Gene Steck   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Duane   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Michael Brauer   Remixing
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
Robert Farnon   Arranger
Keith Grant   Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Frank Laico   Engineer
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer

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