The Twelve Essential Tracks of Christmas, Day 11: David Phelps' "O Holy Night"

The Twelve Essential Tracks of Christmas, Day 11: David Phelps' "O Holy Night" January 4, 2014

It’s the penultimate day of our series, and I have saved the best for near-last! “O Holy Night” is quite possibly my favorite Christmas carol, but it’s hard to do it justice. On the one hand, it really needs the no-holds-barred, all stops pulled out treatment. On the other hand, singers with the technical  chops to get it done vocally are tempted to lapse into mere vocal showboating (paging Mariah Carey, Mariah Carey).

In my opinion, David Phelps’s version walks that fine line perfectly, resulting in a recording that is definitely a must for any Christmas collection. Anthony Burger on piano is certainly an added benefit. Without further ado, I present…
David Phelps’s “O Holy Night”

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