Shout for Joy: Spiritual Christmas

Title: Shout for Joy: Spiritual Christmas

Artists: Barbara Hendricks

Label: Arte Verum/Allegro

Formats: CD, MP3

Release date:  November 18, 2010

Barbara Hendricks, the American-born soprano who is now a citizen of Sweden, just released her second holiday album, Shout for Joy: Spiritual Christmas, on her own Arte Verum label (EMI released Barbara Hendricks Sings Christmas Favourites in 1995).  On standards such as “Joy to the World,” “Stille Nacht,” and “Ave Maria” she is accompanied variously by the Drottningholm Quartet and the Drottningholm Barockensemble.   Other featured musicians include guitarist Mats Bergstöm, organist Björn Gäfvert, and Harald Pettersson, who specializes in Swedish folk instruments and provides interesting accompaniments to “What Child Is This?,” “Coventry Carol,” and “Sussex Carol.”  Hendricks also performs a selection of spirituals including “Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow,” “Shout for Joy,” and “Oh Jerusalem.”  Overall, Shout for Joy contains an eclectic blend of classical and traditional holiday music.

Posted by Brenda Nelson-Strauss