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Our Favorite Things / Tony Bennett, Charlotte Church, Plácido Domingo, Vanessa Williams


Release Date: 10/16/2001 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89468   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Mel TormeAdolphe AdamTraditionalFranz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Tony BennettCharlotte ChurchPlacido DomingoVanessa Williams
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track Listing
1. Christmas Song, The - (with Tony Bennett)
2. O Holy Night - (with Charlotte Church/Plácido Domingo)
3. Do You Hear What I Hear - (with Vanessa Williams)
4. Jesus De Nazareth - (with Plácido Domingo)
5. Winter Wonderland - (with Tony Bennett/Vanessa Williams)
6. Silent Night - (with Charlotte Church)
7. My Favorite Things - (with Vanessa Williams/Tony Bennett/Plácido Domingo)
8. White Christmas - (with Tony Bennett/Vanessa Williams)
9. Hacia Belen Va Un Burro - (with Plácido Domingo)
10. Through The Eyes Of A Child - (with Vanessa Williams)
11. First Noel, The - (with Tony Bennett/Plácido Domingo) Read more /> 12. Somewhere In My Memory - (with Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen Chorus)
13. I Saw Three Ships - (with Plácido Domingo/Vanessa Williams)
14. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - (with Tony Bennett)
15. Hijo De Dios - (with Plácido Domingo)
16. I'll Be Home For Christmas - (with Tony Bennett/Plácido Domingo)
17. Joy To The World - (with Plácido Domingo/Vanessa Williams)
18. Angels We Have Heard On High - (with Tony Bennett/Vanessa Williams/Plácido Domingo)
19. Silent Night
20. One More Year - (with Plácido Domingo/Vanessa Williams)

Musicians include: Tony Bennett, Charlotte Church, Placido Domingo, Vanessa Williams (vocals); Steven Mecurio (conductor); Ralph Sharon Quartet; Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen Children's Choir; Vienna Symphony.

Recorded live at the Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria in December 2000.

This stellar line-up, recorded live in Vienna, performs a program of quintessential Christmas songs in a rich variety of styles, from the light pop of "My Favorite Things" to traditional Spanish tunes such as "Hacia Belen Va Un Burro" and English equivalents like "Angels We Have Heard on High." Tony Bennett kicks the whole thing off with a typically warm rendition of "The Christmas Song." He's followed by a pretty straight reading of "O Holy Night" by the Welsh teen classical prodigy Charlotte Church and the inimitable Placido Domingo, and Vannessa Williams' gospel-tinged version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

It's an evening of familiar favorites, impeccably performed, with the added bonus of the Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen Children's Choir providing an appropriately child's-eye view of the holiday. OUR FAVORITE THINGS is a worthy addition to the bulging repertoire of Christmas collections, in a gimmick-free traditional setting.
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Works on This Recording

1. The Christmas Song by Mel Torme
Performer:  Tony Bennett (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
2. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Charlotte Church (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
3. Do you hear what I hear? by Traditional
Performer:  Vanessa Williams (Voice)
Written: 1962 
4. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Charlotte Church (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 

Sound Samples

The Christmas Song (Voice)
O Holy Night (Voice)
Do You Hear What I Hear? (Voice)
Jésus De Nazareth (Voice)
Winter Wonderland (Voice)
Silent Night (Voice)
My Favorite Things (Voice)
White Christmas (Voice)
Hacia Belen Va Un Burro (Voice)
Through The Eyes Of A Child (Voice)
The First Noel (Voice)
Somewhere In My Memory (Voice)
I Saw Three Ships (Voice)
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Voice)
Hijo De Dios (Voice)
I'll Be Home For Christmas (Voice)
Joy To The World (Voice)
Angels We Have Heard On High (Voice)
Silent Night (Voice)
One More Year (Voice)

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