Christmas Memories CD (2001)

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An album of inspirational music for all seasons, Christmas Memories--Barbra Streisand's first seasonal collection since the perennial bestseller A Christmas Album, released in 1967--is "lovingly dedicated" to Stephan Weiss--the husband of designer Donna Karan and a close friend of Streisand's--who passed away last June 2001. One of the album's most moving new songs, "Closer," is discussed by Streisand in her notes to the album: "Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow had written a new love song for me, about wanting to be 'closer' to that special someone at Christmas. It was a beautiful melody, but I wanted something more personal--about losing someone you love. Dean agreed to revisit his lyric, and what he came up with perfectly captured what I wanted to say." Christmas Memories includes "I Remember," an early Stephen Sondheim composition originally written for a television musical called Evening Primrose. Though initially a non-holiday composition, Streisand asked Sondheim to "add a verse to make it more appropriate for this album. He brilliantly turned it into a kind of remembrance of Christmas' past." On Streisand's first holiday record, she performed "Ave Maria", the melody composed by the 19th century French composer Charles Gounod. She revisits "Ave Maria" on Christmas Memories, this time drawing on the melody written by the Austrian composer Franz Schubert in 1825. "Its deeply devotional melody resonates no matter what religion you may be," Streisand has written in the album's notes. The universality of faith and spirit is again addressed on her powerfully moving performance of "One God." Streisand first heard the song at the age of 16 on Good Night, Dear Lord, a spiritual album recorded by Johnny Mathis in 1958. "The message is that no matter what God you may pray to--love and compassion is the basis of all religion," writes Streisand. "Each of us is connected to this family of man. This is something I truly believe in...unity and oneness. It seemed like an especially meaningful thought during these holidays...and a good way to end the album." The executive producers for the album are Barbra Streisand and Jay Landers. In his own liner notes for the album, Landers has written: "In this day and age when the true spirit of the holidays is sometimes lost amidst a frenzy of commercialization, it's nice to know that certain gifts will last long beyond the greeting cards and colorful wrapping paper. Some things are of our time...and some are for all time. This disc is one of those--music to enjoy not only at Christmas, but throughout the year...a precious expression from the heart-- by one of creations' greatest gifts...Barbra Streisand."


Label Sony
SKU 60509732
UPC 696998592025
UPC 14 00696998592025
Format CD
Release Date 10/30/2001
Author Barbra Streisand
Executive Producer Barbra Streisand
Executive Producer Jay Landers
Featuring Barbra Streisand

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