Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra - Christmastime Is Here (2006)
Indiana University Singing Hoosiers, School for Creative and Performing Arts Chorale
King's Singers, Ann Hampton Callaway, Tony Desare, Tierney Sutton, John Pizzarelli
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 323 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Holidays, Christmas, Orchestral, Choral, Easy Listening, Vocal Jazz | Lbl: Telarc | # CD-80538 | 00:58:06
A mere 16 years after Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops recorded their now-classic Christmas with the Pops, Christmastime Is Here is their 2006 follow-up. It sticks to the same basic formula: a mix of orchestral, choral, and solo numbers performed by the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers (a Kunzel favorite, succeeding the original's May Festival Chorus), the School for Creative and Performing Arts Children's Choir (who sang on the original, though presumably with a different roster), and an entirely new crop of soloists. While the original relied on classic veterans such as Rosemary Clooney and Doc Severinsen, Christmastime Is Here makes use of hip jazz vocalists (and, not coincidentally, Telarc recording artists all) Ann Hampton Callaway ("I Wonder as I Wander"), Tierney Sutton ("I'll Be Home for Christmas"), Tony DeSare ("The Christmas Song"), and John Pizzarelli (""Silver Bells") as well as British sextet the King's Singers ("Silent Night").