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The Christmas Album ()

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This is an intact reissue of Roberto Alagna's Christmas album of 2000, complete with its original booklet notes. Those notes explain that Alagna, an professed admirer of Mario Lanza, wanted to create "an album reminiscent of some of the great 'Hollywood' recordings, with a full symphony orchestra and various groups of singers and rhythm-section musicians where appropriate." In the event, that's not quite what he came up with, but the final product has proven successful enough for a fresh go-round on store shelves and web pages. The key to his success is that a really surprising variety of material is matched by a repertoire of vocal manner that may well even appeal to operatic purists who would otherwise toss this disc. There are a few familiar hymns, several of them compressed into medleys with English children's choirs on full-bore cute setting. But there are also some genuinely unusual items. Are you familiar with the strangely melancholy minor-key Guardian Angels, co-written by none other than... Hide synopsis

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