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Album Review

Home for the Holidays offers familiar Christmas music in light classical and easy listening arrangements, performed with festive cheer by John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Featured performers include tenor Rodrick Dixon, violinists Timothy Lees and Gabriel Pegis, and pianist Julie Spangler, and the orchestra is joined by the May Festival Chorus and the Winton Woods High School Varsity Ensemble, so there is a fairly wide variety of vocal, choral, and instrumental settings of these perennial favorites. The scoring of the orchestra is quite lush and warm, typical of pops fare, and the overall moods of the CD are sweet, sentimental, and nostalgic, reminiscent of many commercial holiday albums that were popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Because this package is unpretentious and relaxed in atmosphere, it will appeal to casual listeners and find a practical use as background music for Christmas parties. But be sure to adjust the volume to a comfortable level for home listening, because the music is sometimes big and brassy.

Customer Reviews

Home for the Holidays- Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

A beautiful album with a very refreshing sound! The Orchestra and Soloists sound fabulous. Will absolutely be part of my holiday party music this season.

A great addition to my holiday collection!

This is the newest addition to the Cincinnati Pops' recording legacy, which began under the late Erich Kunzel and continues with conductor John Morris Russell. The orchestra sounds terrific -- at times warm and intimate (like in Gounod's Ave Maria), and at other times, powerful or jazzy (like in Jolly Old St. Nicholas and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town with New York Voices). Vocalist Rodrick Dixon blew me away with his rendition of Go Tell it on the Mountain. The album also contains I Believe, which is performed every year at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- a tradition in my household. All in all, a great addition to our family's holiday music collection!

Loved it!

What a fabulous album! John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops have done an amazing job. This will be in my holiday rotation this season and for years to come!

Home for the Holidays, John Morris Russell
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