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Christmas with The Pops
Christmas Traditional, Felix Bernard, Mel Torme
Christmas with The Pops
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks, Classical
 
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If you're looking for a single classical/pops Christmas album you can play year after year, Erich Kunzel's Christmas with the Pops might just be it. At the helm of his familiar Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and accompanied by...  more »

      
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If you're looking for a single classical/pops Christmas album you can play year after year, Erich Kunzel's Christmas with the Pops might just be it. At the helm of his familiar Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and accompanied by a full roster of guest stars, Kunzel steps through 70 minutes of mostly traditional favorites for orchestra with and without chorus (a children's chorus and bell choir are also on hand). The guest stars are Doc Severinsen ("The Christmas Song"), Rosemary Clooney ("White Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"), Toni Tenille ("The Christmas Waltz"), Sherrill Milnes ("Go Tell It on the Mountain"), and boy soprano Stephen Van Dyck ("Walking in the Air" from The Snowman television special). Count on making Christmas with the Pops an annual tradition in your home. --David Horiuchi

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Grand, exciting Christmas music with a wonderful surprise!
dek1000 | The Nation's Capital | 12/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've always been a fan of Erich Kunzel, and this recording does not disappoint me in the least. If you have grown weary of the typical Christmas musical fare, than this is the album for you. It's bright, it's bold, and it's full of energy. Although recorded in 1989, Telarc was a true pioneer in creating high quality all-digital recordings; this is no exception. And you get a full 70+ minutes too boot. And what's the surprise? For me, it was the song "Walking In The Air" from the animated short THE SNOWMAN, sung by boy soprano Stephen Van Dyck. I have never seen this film, nor have I ever heard Van Dyck's voice before. Let me tell you about Van Dyck: his voice is beautiful and pure and overflows with innocence. I never knew a boy soprano could sound so great. My new quest in life for the next century is to track down a copy of this film as well as other recordings by him. If my CD was an LP, that song would have been worn off the recording by now! This CD is worth buying just to hear this song. I think you'll agree."
Fireside Favorites
M. Kelly | Albuquerque, NM United States | 11/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of the best Christmas albums you will find. Perfect balance between religious favorites, non-religious classics, and children's favorites. All tastefully done and arranged to fit the theme of the song. Many of the percussion "effects" bring the songs to life and the solo and choral vocals are outstanding. Cannot recommend this album highly enough. A must have for any Christmas collection to be enjoyed for many years."
The perfect Pops Christmas
nnvig | Las Vegas, NV United States | 05/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a wonderful Christmas gift. Erich Kunzel and The Cincinnati Pops rarely fail to please on the Telarc label, and this is (IMHO of course) one of their most pleasing efforts. Rosemary Clooney (Best "White Christmas" since Der Bingle), Doc Severinsen, Stephen Van Dyck, and other guests add wonderfully to a very fun, upbeat, and enjoyable Christmas collection. This cd has become the most played in my Christmas collection...I can't recommend it highly enough."