For the first few seconds of this album, I was delighted. It combined Michel Legrand's talent for big band arrangement with his ability to deliver beautifully lush charts for strings. Unfortunately, the album is ruined by most of the singing performances, many of which sounds as though they were an after thought, and quite a few of which appear to have been conceived in a different key to the arrangement they are playing against. What should have been a terrific celebration of Christmas with a uniquely French feel was turned into an album that I have played once and never again. Perhaps the kind of singers who would have worked best on an album of this sort are simply no longer around. Whatever, this is sadly one to avoid.