Jonathan Veira - O Holy Night: 12 Songs For The Christmas Season

Published Sunday 13th December 2009
Jonathan Veira - O Holy Night: 12 Songs For The Christmas Season
Jonathan Veira - O Holy Night: 12 Songs For The Christmas Season

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 82828-16138
LABEL: Elevation ELE1477D
RELEASE DATE: 2009-10-23
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Jonathan is of course as well known on the Christian circuit for his ability as an always amusing raconteur as for his work in opera (he was recently touring the UK as part of the Glynbourne team). Musically, he has also found a niche which connects with Christian audiences eschewing much of his classical/operatic repertoire in favour of modern worship songs, Bob Dylan and, on this set, a batch of Christmas songs which, hearteningly, favours the incarnation rather than those dread chestnuts roasting on an open fire (though "The Christmas Song" does crop up on the last track of the album). Jonathan's legions of supporters will enjoy their favourite's bass/baritone interpretations of "In The Bleak Midwinter, "Away In A Manger" and "O Holy Night" while his readings of Graham Kendrick's "Thorns In The Straw" and Paul Field's "The Christ In Christmas Time" are exemplary. On occasions Jonathan displays a tendency to over-emote, but that is a fault of many classically-trained vocalists attempting a more popular repertoire. But with some fine production work from Mark Edwards, whose deft touch on the concert grand is consistently effective, this is a Christmas set which will be bought by Veira supporters for several Christmases to come.

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Product Description
One of the world's top bass baritone singers teams up with the very best musicians and producers to create a superior Christmas album. With a voice like melting chocolate, Jonathan brings a charismatic and evocative approach on some of our favourite Christmas songs and carols, beautiful renditions of timeless tunes, with wonderful instrumentation and spinetingling strings adding something fresh while retaining their much-loved charm.

Following critical acclaim for his last album, Pilgrim, Jonathan teams up again with the outstanding production team of Mark Edwards who has worked with Paul Weller, Style Coucil, the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, Chris Rea, Roy Castle and Delirious among others, and Neil Costello (Gloria Gaynor, Iona, Graham Kendrick).

Beautiful, seasonal, and full of Christmas cheer!

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