Greg Sandow
December 06, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

In the Spirit: Sacred Music for Christmas

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jessye Norman
Producers
Phillips
genre
Classical

We gave it an A

Christmas records by divas — pop or classical — too often go for the glitz. But not the AIDS-benefit album In the Spirit: Sacred Music for Christmas. Breaking with unwritten tradition, this offering from Jessye Norman is devotional, even reverent. Much of the credit should go to composer Bruce Saylor for his glowing arrangements of familiar (and unfamiliar) Christmas songs. As for Norman, her voice is rich enough to turn water into buttercream. A

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