Celtic Woman – Home for Christmas

Celtic Woman – Home for Christmas
Manhattan Records – 2537539116
If you enjoy more traditional Yuletide music with a slightly different slant than typified presentations, you will absolutely love “Home For Christmas” by Irish vocal/musical group Celtic Woman. The vocal work alone is worth the price of admission; mesmerizing and stunningly beautiful, powerful yet joyous, these ladies can really tug at your heartstrings and enliven your holiday mood. Tasteful musical backdrops ranging from minimalist to full orchestration featuring more classical string and piano interpretations flavored by traditional Celtic embellishments flesh out the often amazing presentations. Reverent versions of hymns like “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” and “Silent Night” are interspersed with lively takes on secular standards such as “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The dramatic version of “Adeste Fideles” – the Celtic version of “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” – will absolutely blow you away. The live DVD that is packaged with the CD is just as, if not more, entertaining, as witnessing these lovely ladies and their backing orchestra portray their talents, passion and joy live will really enrapture you. This is the kind of holiday entertainment the whole family can enjoy, while also creating appreciation for the musical and vocal capabilities that went into its creation. – MW



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