Christmastime Is Here

Christmastime Is Here

by Erich Kunzel


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Christmastime Is Here

Dubbed the "Prince of Pops" by the Chicago Tribune nearly 30 years ago, Erich Kunzel -- one of the most successful classical crossover artists of all time -- has recorded over 70 albums for Telarc; one of the most popular of those is 1990s Christmas with the Pops. The warm and wonderful Christmastime Is Here, named for the Vince Guaraldi classic from A Charlie Brown Christmas that's given a spirited reworking here, is something of a sequel to that collection. With the exception of a punchy Dixieland arrangement of "Jingle Bell Rock," Kunzel and the orchestra -- working with the Indiana University School of Music Singing Hoosiers, under the direction of Dr. Michael Schwartzkopf -- play most of the classics here very straightforwardly. That is to say, charming, elegant and engaging, just not overly innovative. Telarc's true stroke of genius is having some of its top jazz vocalists perform on lush but smartly restrained arrangements of various classics -- like Tierney Sutton on "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and John Pizzarelli on "Silver Bells." The disc also showcases two of the label's newest artists, Ann Hampton Callaway (a haunting "I Wonder as I Wander") and Tony DeSare (doing Mel Tormé proud on a dreamy version of "The Christmas Song"). This is 2006's premier holiday disc for lovers of jazz, pop and classical music.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2006
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408053825
catalogNumber: 80538
Rank: 191938

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Erich Kunzel   Primary Artist,Conductor
King's Singers   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Ann Hampton Callaway   Vocals
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
John Pizzarelli   Vocals
Tierney Sutton   Vocals
Tony DeSare   Vocals
School for the Creative and Performing Arts High School Choir   Choir, Chorus
Indiana University Singing Hoosiers   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer
Joseph Beal   Composer
Michael Bishop   Engineer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Joseph Price   Arranger
James Stephenson   Arranger
Meredith Willson   Composer
Robert Woods   Producer,Audio Production
George Wyle   Composer
Robert Friedrich   Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Bruce Healey   Arranger,Composer
Lee Mendelson   Composer
Richard E. Rodda   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Edward Pola   Composer
Steven R. Reineke   Arranger
Laurie Wyant   Director
Seth Presant   Engineer
Michael Schwartzkopf   Director
Tony DeSare   Engineer

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