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Hallmark Presents The Spirit of Deborah Sasson - Song. Amy Grant. Peter Hofmann Christmas. The London Symphony. Customer reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This album evokes a true sense of home; and all that one associates with the Christmas holidays as only Hallmark could People - The Friends Of Distinction - Friends & People. As a collector of Christmas music, especially the annual Hallmark releases; it easily stands out among the top five.
I highly recommend this rare offering; you will not be disappointed. One person found this helpful. Format: Audio Cassette Verified Purchase. The Cassette was delivered ahead of the scheduled window. It plays perfectly; and was in the promised condition. I am very pleased with the order. Format: Audio Cassette. Hallmark began releasing annual holiday albums in In later years, most featured a popular singer Julie Andrews, Natalie Cole, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, to name a fewbut in the early days, most focused on the London Symphony Orchestra and perhaps a featured singer or two.
This album, the third installment in the seriesutilized the great German tenor Peter Hofmann, best known for his performances of Wagner's works, and outstanding soprano Deborah Sasson, to whom he was married at the time.
Much of what's on this album is the standard holiday fare, but the Tell The World - Ratt - Ratt of these songs is what makes them special. There are no pop, rock, or jazz versions of any song on this album; everything is orchestral and Deborah Sasson - Song arranged in a most unique way, with quite a bit of technicality in the songs.
It opens with "Sleigh Ride" in G Major, up one whole step from how many orchestras perform it. The jazz section is omitted, but I can guarantee you'll walk away impressed with this particular rendition by the LSO. Think of the Bing Crosby and Carol Richards duet, but in a more formal, traditional context. The arrangement sounds especially sentimental and paints that perfect picture of a past Christmas in one's mind. It's followed by "The Holly and the Ivy", definitely not the most performed carol, which is done in a choral arrangement.
This isn't the version you played on the piano in second grade, either--it's a rollicking, upbeat, modern orchestral take on the song. Sasson's "Silent Night" La Notte - Mina - Una Voce, Un Cuore the only letdown on this album. She sings it beautifully, but the arrangement is lacking punch and C Major just doesn't fit this song well. Had she sung it in, say, E flat major, and the arrangement had featured The Holly And The Ivy - London Symphony Orchestra* And Chorus* dramatic builds in the background, the song would have been perfect.
Immediately after this song, you're greeted by arguably the best arrangement of "O Tannenbaum" of all time. It starts with a quite flute solo--a tiny pine cone--and builds into a Peter Hofmann evergreen. This song is Hofmann at his most powerful on the album and showcases his abilities extremely well. On to the second side if you have the cassette, at least; I'm not sure if the LP also switches sides here.
The next song deserves mention of its own. It's called "Christmas Hymn" on the packaging, but is really an old German carol called "How Great Our Joy", one of the most neglected Christmas songs out there. It's powerful, meaningful, and showcases the vocal talent of both singers.
It's also one of the most Deborah Sasson - Song, heart-pumping Christmas carols in the classical genre out there. This is one you won't get out of Deborah Sasson - Song head for a long time and could be considered the centerpiece of this album.
Hofmann sings "The Christmas Various - Hed Kandi World Series: Brazil next, in a rather subdued yet heartfelt arrangement. The traditional "Carol of the Bells" follows, and features an instrumental interlude and some great bell tones from Sasson. Speaking of which, Sasson gets her chance to shine on the next song, "Ave Maria".
This is one of the best operatic recordings of the song out there, guaranteed. It's not an easy song to sing by any means, and Sasson absolutely nails it. The album closes with "Here We Come a Wassailing", sung with the choir and ending the album with an energetic arrangement of another lesser-known song.
Overall, this could be one of the most underrated Christmas albums out there. It's worth digging out that turntable or cassette deck for this collection of carols. The sound quality of the cassette is pretty good as far as late 80s tapes go I don't have the LP so I can't vouch for it, but we all know vinyl always sounds good.
Highly recommended, especially if you can get a new copy since you will definitely wear it out. Format: Vinyl. This Christmas compilation of some classics may seem a bit overrated, but is actually quite good and very Deborah Sasson - Song. Deborah Sasson lends her voice with unusual clarity and harmony.
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